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press the Party Mode button on the front dash, and the stereo tunes are concentrated to the tailgate and rear-cargo area for maximum enjoyment
The Trail’s subsequent lofty price…might put it out of reach for buyers who pine for the more serious dirt lovers
Car and Driver
the 4Runner is far from cheap
The 4Runner will be offered in basic SR5, off-road-oriented Trail, and luxurious Limited models. The most desirable of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner models, the 4Runner Trail, offers all the good off-road hardware and electronics, but it's pricey.
While the luxurious Limited "returns to answer the needs of those few who wish to spend $40,000 on an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV," according to Car and Driver, the Trail slots below that and above the base SR5. "With its sparse exterior decoration and blacked-out fender flares, the Trail reminds us most of the original, Reagan-era 4Runner," Car and Driver explains, with the exception of all the electronic aids.
4Runner Trail models get an upgraded audio system with XM satellite radio, a USB port, iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth audio streaming, while top Limited models step up to 15-speaker JBL premium sound, with a Party Mode that biases output to the rear tailgate speakers for better outward projection. Press the Party Mode button on the front dash, and the stereo tunes are concentrated to the tailgate and rear-cargo area for maximum enjoyment.
Also available is a pull-out rear cargo deck that includes a separate small cargo box behind the rear seat and can function, when slid out, as a tailgating or camping seat that holds up to 440 pounds. "Pass on the third row," Truck Trend recommends, pointing to the "sliding cargo deck that doubles as a tailgate tray—as the latter, it can support 440 pounds."
Other desirable options include sonar-based rear parking, a navigation system, and a subscription-based Safety Connect telematics system. The excellent KDSS system that’s available on Trail models is only offered with the navigation system, at a total extra price of $4,170.
"While I'm glad Toyota is sticking with the rough, tough, body-on-frame mantra, the 4Runner is far from cheap," Automobile Magazine remarks, noting how the Trail model "pushes the price tag closer to $40,000. Yikes." Car and Driver warns that the Trail's price "might put it out of reach for buyers who pine for the more serious dirt lovers such as the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra."
Offering a host of off-road and tech-focused features, Toyota clearly knows its target audience for the 4Runner.