While not as versatile or as roomy as the best car-based crossovers, the 2008 Toyota 4Runner is high on comfort and capability among its full-framed peers.
ConsumerGuide considers the front seats “comfortable but fairly low to the floor,” an issue Motor Trend also explores. Some of those editors also “noted that the 4Runner's rather shallow floorpan makes you feel as if you're sitting too close to the floor.” Ergonomics and controls, aside from deeply set gauges and nonintuitive, gimmicky HVAC controls, are judged “aesthetically pleasing and functional, with most controls easy to find and use,” says Edmunds.
“The 2nd-row bench is nicely contoured but low, allowing good headroom but forcing adults to sit knees-up,” comments ConsumerGuide, who also note that “it's a squeeze for three.” MyRide.com remarks that “getting into the back seats is a little more challenging than in a sedan.” This brings up the issue of ride height; being a full-frame off-road-capable vehicle means the 4Runner is a bit tougher to climb into than a car-based SUV or a crossover, which families should consider before buying. Regarding the third row, optional on SR5 and Limited models, Edmunds calls it an “afterthought,” claiming “it provides minimal legroom even for kids and it doesn't fold flat into the floor.”
The 4Runner is “among the quieter SUVs of this type,” reports ConsumerGuide: “wind rush and tire roar evident at highway speeds, but neither is severe.” Kelley Blue Book deems the 4Runner's interior “handsome, functional and assembled of the finest materials with the tightest tolerances.”
The 4Runner doesn’t come cheap, and Kelley Blue Book warns that “budget-conscious buyers will probably suffer sticker shock, as even the most basic 4Runner model starts around $29,000.” However, the 4Runner doesn’t perform or ride cheap either, and that’s why many pay handsomely for Toyota quality.