We say “most drivers,” because there’s always exceptions to the rule. If you’re one of those buyers who want a Toyota 4Runner to take you well beyond where the buses run, Venchurs will now gladly build a Toyota 4Runner Xplore Adventure Series SUV in mild, medium or extra-spicy flavors. The best news is that you can buy a completed Xplore 4Runner through select Toyota dealers, which means you no longer need to piece together a rig through trial and error.
On the mild side, an Xplore Stage 1 4Runner comes with a Katzkin leather interior and as many Toyota and TRD accessories as your budget allows.
Step up to Stage 2, and you’ll start to get some serious go-anywhere parts. Stage 2 vehicles get aluminum wheels with BF Goodrich off-road tires, Bilstein shocks, a polished stainless-steel exhaust, Xplore floor mats and special badging.
Opt for the Stage 3 kit, and you’ll also get heavy-duty roof racks, expedition-grade bumpers and winches and enough auxiliary lighting to ensure your rig can be seen from the International Space Station. Like Stage 1 and Stage 2 kits, the amount of content in a Stage 3 conversion is limited only by your imagination and budget.
As with the other Xplore vehicles (including the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee), each vehicle sold includes a free annual pass to the National Parks and Monuments of the United States. Venchurs will even make a donation to the National Park Foundation for each Xplore vehicle sold, which means that your money is also going to support the very parks you’ll be visiting.
[National Park Foundation via Autoblog]