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2012 Toyota 4Runner

Published July 22, 2012

The Toyota 4runner series is one that has been thoroughly affected by the overall shift in market; when families started to prefer more comfort oriented, carlike Sport Utility Vehicles. It had a significant share in the market in the 1990s and even the early 2000, but it soon lost out to competition including those from Toyota itself (eg Toyota Highlander).

Even though the 4runner has lost its mainstream market dominance, you shouldn’t ignore it, because it’s starting to get good again.
If you are someone looking for a car with a real off road capability, then the 2012 Toyota 4runner is a car that will not disappoint you by any means.

The 2012 Toyota 4runner series maintains the design it inherited from the 2010 version when it was redesigned by Toyota. It is a midsize SUV available in three models: The Trail, SR5 and Limited edition.
The Trail version comes with only a 4 wheel drive while the other two comes as both 2 wheel and4 wheel drive. Features common to all the three models include hill start and descent assists, trip player, full power accessories, eight speaker surround sound system running with a satellite radio, etc. The interiors are not he most comfortable for the third seat riders. But with that being said, it is a comfortable experience for those in the first two rows.

Powered by a 4.0 liter V6 engine, the 2012 Toyota 4runner manages to get 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque. No manual transmission has been provided in the 2012 Toyota 4Runner, so only an automatic 5 speed gearbox is available. The 4runner has been marked with the capability to carry about 2.2 tonnes or 5000 pounds of weight along with it. The Toyota 4Runner accelerates to 60 mph from rest in about 7.2 seconds which is an acceptable value for the current SUVs in the market.

The fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. These values combine to 19 mpg for the rear while drive version. The four wheel drive version, on the other hand,
gets 22 mpg on the highway.

To sum up, the 2012 Toyota 4runner maybe a car built for the off road driving enthusiast- but with that in mind, it is not an uncomfortable ride at all. It is packed with a decent engine and a good cargo carrying capacity and is definitely an above average SUV in the market to say the least.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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