I took my tacoma into the dealership today to have the crap black tokiko shocks replaced with my trd ones, because they thought that the TSB implied that it would be a good idea to swap them out. As mad as I was about the situation, they gave me a free rental for the day.
Initially I was told by the fairly hot rental lady that all they had for a rental was a minivan. However, after a few minutes of macking on her, they suddenly had a 2012 4runner. Seeing as how the 4Runner and Tacoma used to be related, I thought I’d give a quick review on how I liked it. Bottom line up front: don’t trade your taco (as if anyone here would anyway…).
What I liked:
-the radio—had a dedicated “party mode” key. Bro-ish? Maybe. But I liked it. It was basically an EQ tune that cranked the bass and mids.
-smooth at highway speeds—seems that the steering column issue on the tacos doesn’t apply to the 4Runner. Ran very smooth, tough to tell when I was going 70, unlike in the taco.
-Range-has a range left on the HUD with the temp and direction. Useful, but not really necessary.
-Black interior—pretty much everything except some trim and the center console are black. I’ve always liked that more than the gray we have.
-All auto buttons—the window switches were ALL AUTO. Imagine that. Welcome to the 21st century. This includes the rear window. What? You don’t have to get out on the highway and open the rear window (for those without BenWA’s mod)? Amazing.
What I didn’t like:
-Seats-don’t grip you like the TRD ones and not really comfortable.
-Interior is HUGE—might seem like a pro to some, but I like how the tacoma’s interior seems to “fit” me. I’m 5’8” and the Tacoma seems nicely sized. The 4Runner seems to have been made for 6’3” gargantuan overweight Americans, which is sadly a trend I think will only get worse.
-Top heavy—doesn’t take a corner like a Tacoma, and that’s not saying much. Don’t take one of these out on a trail.
-Exterior is huge—goes along with the huge interior. Just too big. 4Runners used to be a “midsize” SUV. This thing is bigger than old Highlanders.
-Visibility—initially I believed that the huge windows would mean great visibility… I was wrong. I felt tiny inside it and it was difficult to get a good 360 degree view.
-Window switches up high—who knows why Toyota did this? The switches are about 6” higher than the arm rest. You’d have to reach up to roll up or down the windows. Not a huge real, but annoying to live with for 5 years or so.