Thoughtful, well-designed features abound on the 2009 Toyota 4Runner, but selecting too many of them quickly inflates the base price.
Kelley Blue Book warns that “budget-conscious buyers will probably suffer sticker shock, as even the most basic 4Runner model starts around $29,000.”
With a retail price of $30,000 for the base SR5 model, the 4Runner should come well equipped, and it does. Edmunds mentions a variety of standard features, including automatic climate control with rear vents; remote keyless entry; cruise control; and full power accessories, such as 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 Magazine also cites the standard “miniature inside mirrors mounted on the rearmost roof pillars” that “are handy for spotting tricycles while backing up.”
The midlevel Sport trim adds a telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, special seat fabric, power front seats (V-6 models), color-keyed exterior mirrors, 17-inch wheels, and the X-REAS system. 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.”
Moving up to the highest trim level, the Limited, the list of standard features grows to include satellite radio, a six-CD changer, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 115-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, illuminated running boards, and 18-inch wheels. “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.
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 are on the list of notable options available individually. Further stand-alone options include a navigation system, which features a touch-screen monitor, voice guidance, and Bluetooth capability, named “among the best, intuitive and relatively easy to use” by MyRide.com.