Toyota's truck-based mid-size sport-utility
vehicle receives a number of powertrain and cosmetic updates for 2005. A new
five-speed automatic transmission is now teamed with the standard 4.0-liter V-6
engine that comes with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for
improved shift quality. The available 4.7-liter V-8 powerplant is updated with
VVT-I and now generates 270 horsepower, which is an increase of 35 over the 2004
model, and a slightly higher 330 lb-ft of torque. The V-8 remains mated to the
five-speed automatic gearbox. In addition, exterior enhancements are added to
differentiate each of the 4Runner's three trim levels: SR5 models receive a
chrome grille, color-keyed front and rear bumpers, and black running boards.
Sport Edition models get a color-keyed grille, black running boards, and
silver-painted roof rails and crossbars. Meanwhile, Limited versions now come
with color-keyed front and rear bumpers, black illuminated running boards, and
black roof rails and crossbars. Rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, and
four-wheel-drive models remain available. Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes with brake
assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and hill control, skid control and
traction control, A third-row seat is among the vehicle's many options.
2003 Toyota 4Runner by John Pearley Huffman
Sort of old school, sort of new school.
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