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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
surprisingly compliant ride and a well-hushed cabin
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surprisingly smooth and comfortable
The 4Runner is not for those prone to motion sickness.
the front two seats are well-shaped, and that there's a good deal of leg space in the second row
contact with cracks and small imperfections are noticed in the cabin. On the other hand, larger irregularities — washed out dirt roads, speed bumps or dips at intersections — tend to disappear, soaked up by springs, shocks and bushings tuned to handle tough terrain.
You won't find the 4Runner to be quite as roomy inside as less trucklike options such as the Honda Pilot or Ford Flex--in part due to the rather narrow body and high floor--but it's up to par in comfort for the first two rows of seating.
Front seats are wide and supportive—they look and feel great with the available perforated leather upholstery—and the driving position is excellent. And in the second row, which adjusts for rake, adult-sized occupants will also feel at home, thanks to seat contouring that goes well beyond the stiff bench cushions in some rivals. The second row can also recline 16 degrees in four stops. The third row is only good for kids—and hard to get to.
But as decent as the 4Runner is for passengers, it's disappointing for cargo and overall versatility. The flip-forward folding third row is easy enough to use, but the body is rather narrow and the cargo floor is quite high.
The simple, sensible way the 4Runner's controls are arranged—and the chunky yet precise feel of them—is a highlight of its interior. Off-road-focused controls are located in an overhead console, keeping the center stack of controls straightforward and accessible, with large buttons and knobs that have a great tactile feel. A secondary display sits atop the center stack, and redundant steering wheel controls access audio and Bluetooth functions. The instrument panel and door trim build on the fundamentals seen in the Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV, but with better attention to detail. It's macho and utilitarian, but the nicely styled center stack and easy-to-read gauge cluster highlight a macho, utilitarian look and common-sense simplicity.
The 4Runner also avoids some other impressions of body-on-frame trucks--that they tend to be noisier, for example. The 4Runner feels tight and quiet, with road and wind noise very well damped.
Cargo space isn't all that impressive, but the 2012 Toyota 4Runner has good passenger space and a high-quality cabin.