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The days of the big, boxy SUV that has off-road prowess may seem numbered, thanks to the increasing influx of crossover SUVs. But not every SUV is going to soft-roader route: Toyota is still carrying the torch for the old-school boulder-basher SUV with its updated 2010 4Runner.
For 2010, the styling is refreshed, the V-6 engine gets a power boost, and a new 157-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder is available on rear-wheel drive SR5 models. All other models have a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6. That six is optional on SR5 rear-drive models. Four-cylinder models have a four-speed automatic transmission, while V-6s are paired with a 5-speed automatic.
The 2010 4Runner comes standard as a five-seater, but an optional rear bench allows for a seating capacity to seven.
My tester was a SR5 with four-wheel drive and the V-6. Standard features included hill-start control, downhill assist control, ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, chrome roof rails, heated sideview mirrors, fog lamps, keyless entry, 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining second-row seat, rear clearance sonar, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a driver's information center, three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, and more, all for a price of $30,915.
Options included a Convenience Package ($1,050) which consisted of a moonroof, an uplevel audio system, front and rear 120V power outlets, a USB port, a wireless cell phone link, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. A back-up camera that was mounted in the mirror added $525, and a sliding rear cargo tray added $350. The Premium Package cost $2,250 and included a power driver's seat with lumbar support and a power passenger's seat, leather trim for the second row, courtesy lamps, and leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob. Finally, carpeted floor mats and a carpeted cargo mat added $204. Add in the $800 destination fee and the total came to $36,634.
Acceleration is strong if not swift, allowing for easy passing and highway merging. There's a lot of mass here, but the V-6 doesn't struggle for lack of torque.