The Toyota 4Runner is truest to the off-road mission, but it's not starved for infotainment features. It's only lean on traditional luxury frills like wood trim, even though it's priced from more than $32,000.
In most ways, the 4Runner is equipped like Toyota's Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks, down to the trim levels: SR5, Trail, and Limited. Even base SR5 4Runners get a comprehensive package of standard features including power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; a rearview camera; and air conditioning.
All versions now get a basic audio system with Entune Audio Plus, a sound/connectivity package that includes satellite radio, a USB port, iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth audio streaming, as well as smartphone-driven connections to Pandora, Bing, and other mobile apps.
Those off-road purists who also sometimes need to haul the family will want the pricier Trail model, while the Limited model appeals to those who want a level of conveniences--if not outright luxury--on par with Land Rover.
Limited models are priced in Lexus territory, but they add 15-speaker JBL premium sound, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and navigation; last year's "Party Mode" that biased output to the rear tailgate speakers has been deleted since the new audio system has a better balance feature.
The Trail comes in five-passenger trim; both the SR5 and Limited can be ordered with two small rear seats, for a total of seven passenger spots.
Other desirable options include sonar-based rear parking sensors and a subscription-based Safety Connect telematics system.