Safety is a big concern with the new 4Runner as well, and all models get the Star Safety System, which is Toyota's name for a slate of electronic aids including stability control (VSC), traction control, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist and ABS. Passive safety features include eight standard airbags for front, side and knee airbags in the front row, and side curtain bags for the second and third rows.
Toyota's foray into the telematics field with Safety Connect also makes its way into the 2010 4Runner, and is available both with and without the optional navigation system. Safety Connect offers: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button and Roadside Assistance. Though it's a subscription-based service, a one-year trial subscription is included with the purchase price of equipped vehicles.
The 2010 model of the 4Runner has some big shoes to fill, with the 2009 model currently nominated for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year award. For more on the 2009 model, check out our Full Review or for a quick-shot analysis, read the Bottom Line.
For more on the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, including our own Executive Editor Marty Padgett's role as a juror, check out our story on the 2010 NACOTY nominees.