2013 Toyota 4Runner User Reviews
Limited 4X4 V6 shown
- $31,490 - $41,030
- No trim specified for this review
Purchased As Used
I am not review writer, but this is our 4th 4Runner and with all the "soft" cross overs out there, I had to say something. If there are readers out there who do any sort of driving (over 30k/year) there is simply no other vehicle than a 4Runner. It sits high, has a commanding presence and view of the road, and when the weather gets nasty the $Runner handles it without drama.
We had tried the new Highlander in 2008 (it was totaled after a run in with something that fell off a truck - which was great, we didn't like it) and a 2009 Pilot after the Highlander. Although roomier, the Pilot was one of the worst vehicles we've ever owned (okay, I had a 1991 Trooper with the Chevy V6 - now, that was THE worst vehicle). So, we lost our shirt on the Pilot trade-in (with 110k miles on it) and now have a new/used 2010 SR5 to go with my 2003 V8 SR5. Certified pre owned got us back into a 4Runner for less than new (with an aftermarket nav/sattelite radio head unit that is better than the stoke ones we tried out) and got us a 10 year/ 100k mile warranty (as if this truck will ever need it, but it is piece of mind).
We've put over 30k trouble free miles on the new/used 2010 so far, with no issues. Soon after we bought it, we loaded it up and drove over 2,500 miles round trip from California to Texas. The entire time it was a pleasure to drive. Plenty of power up hills to pass anything, drama free breaking, through heavy rain and even through a bit of snow - not an once of trouble or white knuckling (it's a 2wd!) And, it looks great too!.
With my 2003, we towed a 20' ski boat back and forth to the river (almost 800 miles round trip) for three seasons, at least once a month. We've since had kids and sold the boat, but are looking for another to tow with the 2010. The 2003 now has 160k and aside from one timing belt change (required maintenance), tires and oil changes, it has been flawless. The 4.7, non-VVTi motor is a torque monster, and it gets decent gas mileage (17mpg combined).
The 4.0 V6 in the 2010 does much better on gas than the V8 - we averaged 21 mpg cross country at 75-80 mph - and the motor has much more torque and feels more refined than the Pilot (we always hated the cylinder deactivation in the Pilot), and has a much more solid on road feel. For our usual commuting on Southern California freeways where ladders, chairs, tire tread and a myriad of other "obstacles" (including the occasional hybrid) regularly appear on the roadway, there is no better vehicle than a body on frame SUV - and for us, that means a 4Runner. Gas prices be damned, we will make it home safe every night.
As the old car salesman adage goes, try the rest, then buy the best. As long as Toyota keeps making a reliable, body on frame, truck-based SUV (and name it 4Runner), we will be a customer.
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