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2012 Toyota 4Runner - Styling Review

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The 2012 Toyota 4Runner looks as a good SUV should: brawny and rugged, yet well-detailed.
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Some love Toyota's latest interior themes, and others find them a bit overwrought and self-conscious
Popular Mechanics

Toyota has morphed the 4Runner into a large, bland people-mover that is stylistically similar to its other cars
MSN Autos

blocky and industrial

boxier - retro, if you will - sheetmetal that more closely resembles that on the FJ Cruiser
Truck Trend

styling is a nice blend of retro and modern, inside and out

The Toyota 4Runner has the brawny good looks of a pickup from the front, with a very traditional, upright SUV silhouette and stance.

Styling remains unchanged; with the 4Runner's last redesign (for 2010), Toyota again kept its toughness intact, and placed an even greater emphasis on off-road ability. The 4Runner became higher, chunkier, and more rugged, with a higher beltline and more flared wheel wells. While inheriting some of the imposing appearance from the Sequoia and Tundra full-size trucks, the 4Runner sticks to more of a conservative, traditional SUV look toward the rear, with a wide, downward-sloping C-pillar looking to past generations of the 4Runner. In back it gets a more conservative, traditional SUV look, with a wide, downward-sloping C-pillar looking to past generations of the 4Runner

The 4Runner's cabin also takes a new design direction, with a more upright, chunky look that builds on the fundamentals seen in the Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV but with better attention to detail. A bright metallic center stack of controls and an easy-to-read gauge cluster highlight the layout, which has big, simple control knobs and a macho, utilitarian look.


The 2012 Toyota 4Runner looks as a good SUV should: brawny and rugged, yet well-detailed.

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