2005 Toyota 4Runner
There are 16 user reviews for the Sport Edition 4X4 V6 trim shown below
- Good Styling, Ample Storage - Cargo, Instrumentation, Sport's Suspension, Good Engine Lay-out
- Average Stereo, Standard Seat Trim needs improvements, Hard Driving makes "MPG" drop drastically
Straight from the dealer, with standard trims, the 4Runner looks good, the Sport Edition Wheels is great; upgraded with Rear Spoiler, Moonroof and a floor mat and I was ready to go.
Driving the 4Runner was easy, feedback from the chassis and suspensions are good, not to mention the Sport Edition has an X-Reas Shock Absorbers and sporty ride feel. You can't adjust the Height Level like the Limited Edition, but that's something I can live without, just like with most of the upgrades.
Performance is good, I gave 4 stars; highway driving, tap it once - down shift and the engine pick's up the needle to the 3K RPM's, add the gas to the pedal and you're passing thru 4K-5K, wonderful; But do so for the entire duration of your commute and quickly you'll realize even the 4.0L V6 isn't your wallet's bestfriend. The worst mileage I got was 14MPG thanks to an onboard trip computer that measures your average speed, mpg and distance before you run out of fuel or shall be say, before you reach for your wallet again at the gas pump. But, hey, try cruise control at 65mph and you'll see 24-26mpg, go slower to 55mph and 28mpg is easy on the highway. Also, the 110mph top speed on the speedometer is for real. `('',),
Comfort is okey, if you wanted a more comfortable ride, the Limited is the way to go and since this is a Sport Edition, the suspension just got to be a bit firmer which is nice, tight turns at 35mph is doable but not recommended, a wrong tire inflation on either tires and the curb isn't the place for such a nice SUV, not to mention an uneven pavement. So, ride it easy.
Sometimes, I feel the transmission moving around, like downshifting to first gear even if I'm already on standstill; like waiting for the green. Maybe, I just brake to hard and not giving enough time for the transmission to downshift to the appropriate gears. The 4X4 High can also give a slight slack before it engaged, accompanied with a gear-shifting sound but it doesn't happen all the time. Read the Owner's Manual first before playing with the 4X4 Low.
For the Appearance, the 4Runner looks good already on stock trims, but if you like to personalize your ride, here's what I did; I got myself a chrome door handle for all 4 doors which make's it look like a door of an MDX or Murano which is nice, maybe the next update of the 4Runner might got such an upgrade. I also installed Window Deflectors, so my 4Runner got it's own personality now. Finished with TRD's emblems on the rear just below the 4Runner emblem and also put a gold TRD signage on both sides of the door were the Sport Edition emblem is and a good wash and wax, just made my Sunday afternoon drive a nice part of my weekend.
I didn't like installing a bug deflector on the hood, it just won't compliment the overall lines of the 4Runner. Just like the Moonroof wind deflector. I also bought a Husky Bed Liner for the back and a Snow-Mud-Rain Carpet Liner for both front and back seats. If only Toyota offers such an upgrade right from the dealer, but you have to find it yourself. $250 for all the third-party carpet liner upgrades but they are weather proof (wet shoes, snow, mud, no problemo)
Overall, the value is great, for one thing, I know Toyota isn't new to making cars, trucks and SUV's, and the 4Runner is certainly one of their outstanding line-up. I'll be seeing this 4Runner for a long time before I even think of another SUV.
Right on the Spot, I gave 4 Stars; Overall, for the Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition 4X4 V6 '05.
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