• Rich Posted: 8/28/2009 8:44am PDT

    The 4Runner used to be sporty and rugged looking. Now, it's a hideous, bloated suburban Mom-mobile.

  • Eric Posted: 9/6/2009 8:25am PDT

    Thank you for the insightful comment. What exactly would it be "bloated" in comparison to?

  • CaptainBert Posted: 9/11/2009 6:00pm PDT

    Whaaaa no v8? seriously? How stupid is that?

  • Big T Posted: 9/12/2009 12:28am PDT

    So far, I don't like it and i don't think they will sell more than last year judging by what I've seen.

  • Manoj Posted: 9/12/2009 4:18am PDT

    Where is toyota going these days??? What is happening to the shapes of their vehicles??? In the race to be the largest manufacturer, quality is also takng a side line. Very bad. And what the hell is that thing. It looks like they went into their old parts / moulds to come up with something like this.

  • marquis Posted: 9/12/2009 12:55pm PDT

    Glad to see the four-cylinder back and glad they didn't size up again. Toyota seems to be prolonging the inevitable with too many trucks. They need to consider dropping the Sequoia and offering three powertrains on the 4Runner.

  • Scionist Posted: 9/12/2009 4:04pm PDT

    It looks better than the Honda Pilot. Great job, Toyota!

  • Ugly Posted: 9/13/2009 12:08pm PDT

    I agree with you Manoj,
    Large is not necessarily good, if they produce things that look like this. Yuk!

  • Colorado4WD Posted: 9/14/2009 9:31pm PDT

    Looks good, a lot more aggressive than the current 4Runner, can't wait to see it in person.
    There are plenty of crossovers out there, but not many real trucks left.

  • ezg Posted: 9/18/2009 7:49am PDT

    What a great looking ride. I hope it is between the size of the current 4-Runner and the current Sequoia. Yhat would be the perfect size. My 07 Runner does not have the room I need. Can't wait. Sign me up.

  • mikeal Posted: 9/18/2009 7:45pm PDT

    I've been waiting forever to see what the new 4runner looks like. I had an '04 and loved it. What a disappointment this thing is. So hideous. I guarantee you they will lose sales just based on the ugliness of this vehicle.

  • keepnmyv84runner Posted: 9/20/2009 9:10am PDT

    erzg, the dimensions are actually about the same as far as length goes...but who knows maybe it's roomier inside. front end reminds me of a scion xB

  • keepnmyv84runner Posted: 9/20/2009 9:14am PDT

    yep it's definitely ugly..looks like a Pilot...think i'll pass. what's with all the harsh boxy angles...yep definitely keeping my '04 v8 4runner now...

  • scott Posted: 9/24/2009 9:43am PDT

    I hope it looks better in real life. Sadly I believe almost all vehicle manufacturers have "cut cost" by using engineers with CAD in place of the designers. Even BMW is mixing hard and soft lines, body contours that lead to nowhere, etc ..these things are design 101 basic no-no's, but everyones is doing it!!

  • Kazual Posted: 9/24/2009 10:54am PDT

    If any of you critics have viewed the youtube video above & still calls this an ugly truck by any definition of the word, then I feel you guys are succumbing to cataracts!! Lol (spell check!)Toyota has the Venza now & the Highlander, so they, smartly, chose to make the new 4Runner less car-like & more rugged truck-like as it used to be for people who really use SUV's like these for what they're built for! Great job Toyota!

  • toy Posted: 9/24/2009 4:52pm PDT

    That car looks so comfortable on the rocks. I'd love to go offroading in one of these!

  • greedo Posted: 9/24/2009 5:01pm PDT

    Toyota needs to more vehicles with this kind of enthusiasm! Enough refrigerators on wheels. Build something with some passion!

  • truck head fred Posted: 9/24/2009 5:01pm PDT

    Man...this thing is hitting every ugly tree on a very ugly road. Doesn't anyone there know how to draw without cliches?

  • AutoBoy Posted: 9/24/2009 5:09pm PDT

    Nelson. Really great review. 4Runner is to me one of those "anchors" when talking North American SUV's in general. Now I realize why - can't believe the orginal hit the roads in 1984. While impressive that MPG is up a bit over the 2009 version, still a question in my mind whether things won't get slightly crimped by fuel efficiency considerations. Regardless, great write-up about a great SUV.

  • Jezza Posted: 9/24/2009 5:14pm PDT

    As usual for a Toyota it is butt-ugly but will be super reliable.

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 9/24/2009 5:16pm PDT

    Wow I can't believe Toyota is still making vehicles like this - but stranger still is that people are actually buying them!?

  • Edward Posted: 9/24/2009 5:36pm PDT

    If it starts at $29,000, that's a lot for a four-cylinder...

  • autoguy Posted: 9/24/2009 5:52pm PDT

    very cool to see all the new safety features while staying rugged...

  • Robb Posted: 9/25/2009 7:37am PDT

    I have owned 3 4runners....This one looks TOUGH!! Smaller version of Sequoia.....cant wait to see it in person and drive it. Way to go Toyota you have done it again...I DO MISS V-8 OPTION!

  • WhoCARES-Laughable Posted: 9/27/2009 8:13am PDT

    I just don't get this one. I can't keep Toyota's SUV lineup straight & this looks like something destined to be bought, jacked up on huge tires, and driven badly & aggressively by single guys with expensive sunglasses in their 20s who need to prove how much testosterone they spew.
    Talk about irrelevant. Feh.

  • Dave Posted: 10/7/2009 1:21am PDT

    Toyota has now forced me to look at the Nissan product. No V8 what the heck are they thinking. Any idiot knows it isn't just about horse power but torque and thus towing capacity. Toyota 5000lbs, Pathfinder 7,000 lbs. I have been buying the toyota product for the last 27 years ! Very loyal, but they unfortanentely no longer produce a product in the category I need. If they don't have a V8 by 2011 they will become an "also ran" to the pathfinder, this sucks ! Dave

  • Dave Posted: 10/7/2009 1:23am PDT

    Toyota has now forced me to look at the Nissan product. No V8 what the heck are they thinking. Any idiot knows it isn't just about horse power but torque and thus towing capacity. Toyota 5000lbs, Pathfinder 7,000 lbs. I have been buying the toyota product for the last 27 years ! Very loyal, but they unfortanentely no longer produce a product in the category I need. If they don't have a V8 by 2011 they will become an "also ran" to the pathfinder, this sucks ! Dave

  • oh, what a feeling Posted: 11/9/2009 11:17pm PST

    Wow! 2010 Runner l@@ks Awesome!
    More body, life and muscle to the looks!
    With all the features: seats recline, middle console folds down.... so much
    Right on Toyota!!

  • kelly Posted: 11/15/2009 12:30pm PST

    This is so UGLY!!!! The 4 runner has turned into a man truck, no women will like to drive this car. the other model is so much better!

  • Ryan Taft Posted: 1/4/2010 5:07am PST

    Whether you like the 4Runner or not, this a really informative post. Thanks Nelson! I referenced it and linked to it in one of my posts on the new 4Runner. Our readers have seemed to enjoy having access to a formal review like this.
    Thanks again,
    Ryan Taft
    Catalyst Marketers on behalf of Peruzzi Toyota of Hatfield, PA
    http://tinyurl.com/ykhfq92

  • sam Posted: 2/14/2010 7:05pm PST

    i have had mine for 2 months now and the looks do not grow on you. it is not a handsome truck and doesnt get any better with age. Runs decent and is reasonably smooth and quiet. Not comfortable in the driver position. handles well but narrow rubber on the limited makes for slip sliding on slippery roads.
    I suspect it will fire up for a few hundred thousand miles so i will drive it with that intent...not a lot of fun to drive but functional nonetheless

  • jeff Posted: 11/5/2010 4:04pm PDT

    Yep, definitely UGLY! I'll keep my '04 forever.