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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“mirrors mounted on the rearmost roof pillars are handy”
“convert from cargo hauler to people hauler in just seconds”
Kelley Blue Book
“X-Relative Absorber System…we like this one”
Car and Driver
“navigation system is among the best”
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner comes with a laudable list of standard features, but uplevel models and optional items add to the bottom line quickly.
In base SR5 trim, the 4Runner comes well equipped. But at nearly $30,000, some would argue that it should. Among standard features of note, Edmunds mentions automatic climate control with rear vents; remote keyless entry; cruise control; and full power accessories, including a power rear window, tilt steering wheel, power front seats (V-8 models), a trip computer, and a CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack. Automobile also cites the standard “miniature inside mirrors mounted on the rearmost roof pillars” that “are handy for spotting tricycles while backing up.”
Moving up to the Sport, the midlevel trim, adds 17-inch wheels, the X-REAS system, color-keyed exterior mirrors, power front seats (V-6 models), special seat fabric, and a telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Nearly everyone is wowed by the X-REAS system, which Car and Driver likens to “the diagonal jacking systems found in CART race cars” and says helps the 4Runner steer “into bends with a discernible lack of roll motions.”
The Limited is the third and highest trim level, and to the aforementioned list of equipment, it adds illuminated running boards, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 115-volt power outlet, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-CD changer, and satellite radio. “X-REAS can be coupled with an optional rear air suspension (available only on V-8 Limited 4Runners) that replaces the steel coils with reinforced air bladders,” mentions Car and Driver.
Stand-alone options include a navigation system, which features a touch-screen monitor, voice guidance, and Bluetooth capability, which is named “among the best, intuitive and relatively easy to use” by MyRide.com. A premium 360-watt JBL Synthesis setup with 10 speakers, a third-row seat, four-wheel drive with a limited slip center differential, and a rear backup camera round out the list of notable options available individually.
Thoughtful, well-designed features abound on the 2008 Toyota 4Runner, but selecting too many of them quickly inflates the base price.