Got bored Yesterday and drove by Toyota, decided to look @ an FJC and the new 4Runner... Well I drove the new TRD FJ and didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Too boxy I suppose. Then I saw a grey Trail 4Runner...
Initial thought: This thing is sexy.
Getting inside, I loved it even more. The interior is spacious and extremely comfortable. The one I drove in particular had a touch screen navigation with a back up cam, which could be useful I suppose but I don't need/want one. The rear seats fold completely flat, making camping in the back extremely easy. There is also a "shelf" that slides out of the back of the 4Runner, a good place to set up crap for tailgating or whatever back there.
Driving it... Wow. The new engine is rated at 270HP I think, with dual VVTI. It was quick, but didn't feel as quick as my Taco. Perhaps I just wasn't hard enough on it. The suspension was soft enough to be extremely comfortable, but still sporty enough. There was more body lean than my Taco on the freeway on ramp, but not much. Also, this one had a manual transfer case, which got me very excited.
Unfortunately nobody at that dealer new shit about the 4runner and had no idea how the extra off road provisions work on it, so I'm off to go research it.
Honestly, it was my favorite vehicle I've drove to date. I can't imagine how kick ass one would be if completely built with bumpers, a lift, armor, ect. In a few years I may consider swapping out my Taco for one (blasphemy, I know), it kicked that much ass.
And this is the one I drove. With me Fiance chilling along side it (she loved it as well).