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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
surprisingly compliant ride and a well-hushed cabin
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surprisingly smooth and comfortable
The 4Runner is not for those prone to motion sickness.
the front two seats are well-shaped, and that there's a good deal of leg space in the second row
contact with cracks and small imperfections are noticed in the cabin. On the other hand, larger irregularities — washed out dirt roads, speed bumps or dips at intersections — tend to disappear, soaked up by springs, shocks and bushings tuned to handle tough terrain.
There's no way around the fact that a crossover can offer superior packaging, space, and comfort to a body-on-frame SUV. But for a traditional off-road fan that needs room for five and some gear, the 4Runner does the job. Its shortcomings as a minivan substitute are easy to pick out, and drivers looking for that should look elsewhere anywhere--maybe something in an Explorer, Flex, or even a Durango.
The 4Runner's high floor and rather narrow body give away its truck roots, but it's still reasonably comfortable for up to five adults. In front, great-looking and supporting seats are best with the available perforated-leather upholstery. They're wide and supportive, and they fit quite the range of sizes.
The second-row bench seat adjusts for rake (with four detents), and adult-sized occupants will also feel at home, thanks to seat contouring that goes well beyond the stiff bench cushions in some rivals. As for the two-passenger third-row seat offered on SR5 and Limited models, it's hard to get to. We'd leave it to the (small) kids.
Years of evolution have provided some refinement for the 4Runner cabin. It's relatively free from wind noise, even at highway speeds, and the soft suspension does a good job of keeping smaller road imperfections from upsetting the occupants.
We rate the 4Runner's cabin as good for four adults, though an unusual two-seat third is offered.