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Old 06-13-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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To get a Trail or not

Considering buying a 4Runner soon (when the 2013's come out). Won't really be doing a lot of offroading (maybe 10-20% if i'm lucky) but would like all the tools Trail seems to have for the times that I do. Thing is, most of the time, vehicle will be driven by my wife, on road, and i'm wondering about the basic comfort level vs. other 4Runner models. Or, Trail's comfort level in general. Have not been able to see one so don't know how Spartan they really are. Appreciate any input. Williejoebob
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Follow-up----would appreciate hearing from anyone relatively near me geographically that has a Trail Edition that I could go see. I am located about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge, LA. Thanks.

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Old 06-14-2012, 10:19 AM   #3
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the trail inside is comfortable power adjustable seats in the front. Reclining seats in the rear. All the doodads make it really sweet offroad except for a really firm ride. When I went to check one out the salesman told me with KDSS that I could drive down a wasboarded road with out getting vibrated off. In my opinion do it!
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Hey man welcome to the forum. I'm sure someone on here has one that can give you an idea about the comfort level.
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I have the older generation but drove a 10' TE during a service and found the inside to be cramped and uncomfortable(im 6'2"). The 4.0 was a little underpowered with the extra weight of the 5th gens but it would suffice. It sounds like you would benefit more from an SR5 or Limited. Those two offer more options and will handle anything offroad that you mentioned above. Im not sure how well the selectable terrain and the CRAWL feature works on the TE's. Theyre great ideas but not sure how successful they are. The only thing that appeals to me with the TE is the rear locker but id rather put in an ARB anywase.

Im gonna reccommend that you ask the 5th gen guys over on T4R.org, http://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/. They are very knowledgable.
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I would opt out of it if wheeling is minimal.
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Thanks very much for the feedback. I really appreciate the input and will also check with the 5th gen guys.

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I have the older generation but drove a 10' TE during a service and found the inside to be cramped and uncomfortable(im 6'2"). The 4.0 was a little underpowered with the extra weight of the 5th gens but it would suffice. It sounds like you would benefit more from an SR5 or Limited. Those two offer more options and will handle anything offroad that you mentioned above. Im not sure how well the selectable terrain and the CRAWL feature works on the TE's. Theyre great ideas but not sure how successful they are. The only thing that appeals to me with the TE is the rear locker but id rather put in an ARB anywase.

Im gonna reccommend that you ask the 5th gen guys over on T4R.org, http://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/. They are very knowledgable.
CRAWL control and multi terrain select are trickle downs from the Land Cruisers. Ill be honest i rarely use my CRAWL control but the multi terrain select is the shit on the beach lol. Without airing down, i just slap it in 4H and set the dial to "Mud, Sand, Dirt" and have yet to be disappointed.
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HKRunner: Thanks for the input. I finally got to drive a Trail when i was visiting relatives in the Atlanta area. (I haven't been able to find a trail anywhere in my state, or even close.) Atlanta dealer had 2, one with KDSS and one without. Want KDSS if i get a Trail but drove the other one first. Drove fine. Then took out the KDSS-equipped model and the steering wheel shook a great deal so couldn't get a good feel for how it would ride "normally." Also, wife felt like the seats were uncomfortable-----so, looks like probably SR5 or limited.
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The KDSS provides a very flat, nuetral handling suv on rode. I too was torn between a limited and a trail. My wife last vehicle was a '10 highlander limited 4wd and i loved all the creature comforts - heated seats, smart key, three zone climate control etc. but at the same time i hated cleaning the interior after GA winters.

I love the rugged spartan interior of the Trail. I have factory NAV and KDSS and find the JBL stereo to be satisfying. It wont win in quality competitions but i do plan on upgrading to the Kappa highs for only $50.

Im from the Augusta area, but live in Tampa. I had to drive to SC to find my trail. I can PM you my the contact info. It was actually a Lexus dealer and they had several Trail and Limiteds.
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