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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Some love Toyota's latest interior themes, and others find them a bit overwrought and self-conscious
Toyota has morphed the 4Runner into a large, bland people-mover that is stylistically similar to its other cars
blocky and industrial
boxier - retro, if you will - sheetmetal that more closely resembles that on the FJ Cruiser
styling is a nice blend of retro and modern, inside and out
If you ever wanted a sport-utility vehicle, owned one, or shopped for one, chances are you can conjure an image of the Toyota 4Runner from some era. And that image, in profile at least, likely isn't too distant from the profile of today's 4Runner. The 2013 Toyota 4Runner follows SUV tradition in combining the brawny good looks of a pickup from the front with a very traditional, upright utiliry-wagon silhouette and stance. The difference, though, is that Toyota has updated it with some chunky, modern details.
While other SUVs like the Ford Explorer have gone in a softer, somewhat more carlike (and family-oriented) direction, Toyota has kept the 4Runner's toughness intact. With its last redesign, 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.
Inside, the design of the 4Runner also feels traditional yet freshly detailed. It's quite upright and chunky and builds on the fundamentals of the Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV as much as it does take after 4Runner tradition--but again with better attention to detail throughout. The dash has macho, utilitarian appeal with its big, simple control knobs that could be operated with numb fingers or work gloves, while the gauge cluster is easy to read and the center stack of controls is done with bright metallic trim that's tasteful and not over-the-top.
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner is dressed to impress on the trail; it looks rugged, as a proper SUV should.