I’m sure from what you’ve seen thus far, you have probably realized that this blog isn’t all about fast cars. I appreciate the sturdier, more cumbersome of vehicles and make it my mission for others to appreciate them too! The 4Runner has been at the forefront of off-roading adventures and at the feet of avocado toast eating Vermonters since 1984 when it successed the Toyota Trekker. Like my previous article about the Tacoma, I will just be mentioning the baseline release models and their engine specs.
In 1984, The first generation 4Runner was released. The first generation was essentially a 2-Door Toyota Hilux truck with a hardtop. I mean.. It’s a first generation revolutionary vehicle, what do you expect? Greatness? Already? pfft. Anyway, The 1984 4Runner had a 2.0L 3Y Inline-4. The cylinders were “wedge shaped” or “Y” shaped and were vertically mounted for extremely high durability. However, most of the first generation 4Runners were made with 2.4L 22R-E I4’s, shown in the picture below, beautiful . The vehicle was released with a 5-speed manual and put out a huge 105 horsepower and with the electronic fuel injection option could give you a staggering 116 haha. She didnt look bad:
Here is a little something from Autofreaks to get you juicing, haha.
In 1989, the Second Generation 4Runner was born. It too had a 2.4L 22R-E I4 but now had a bunch of other options including a turbo, a diesel, AND A FRIGGIN TURBODIESEL. It was also now given an independent front axle and suspension system giving more sport to its sport-utility heritage. The 4Runner could do anything.. except.. go fast. They were very slow. BUT very powerful. This is what the second gen looked like:
In 1995, The third generation geared away from sport utility concepts and was released as a midsize SUV. Which.. was not a bad idea. Giving an SUV off road capabilities.. making it a family-sport-utility vehicle. Thanks Toyota. The Third generation was given a 3.4L V6 with 185 Horespower. It’s larger body, heavier frame, more space, longer body, and more seats meant that it needed MORE POWER, but it needed to look like a consumer vehicle, which it did, and sold very very well. This is what she looked like:
In 2002, the fourth generation was coined “a semi luxury vehicle with off road capabilities”. It was.. hideous. With a 4.0L V6, it was overpowered and underdeveloped. It was a poor addition to the 4Runner legacy. BUT, the one thing it did have was SAFETY. It had anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control, and side-torso airbags. It was possibly the safest car on the market at the time:
Okay, in 2009 we were given the fifth generation.. which is an absolute BEAST. With a 4.0L V6 Dual VVT-i (system that adjusts timing on both intake and exhaust camshafts) with optional TRD Pro specifications, this is perhaps the best 4Runner released, and she looks absolutely slick. It is fast (nearly 300HP), it is reliable, it is strong, it is powerful, it had utility, it is luxurious, it is comfortable, and it is an off-road masterpiece. With all the transmission, suspension, engine, frame, wheel, brake, safety specifications one could ever ask for. The fifth generation 4Runner is an absolute beast among men. It definitely made up for the 4th generation, this was her:
Here are a few blogs that you guys should check out:
- Donut Media – For humor and learning, no car knowledge required.
- Auto Blog – For serious petrol-heads, car knowledge required.
- Car and Driver – For consumers looking to buy, no car knowledge required.
Donut Media’s video on the Toyota 4Runner will have you in stiches. Hilarious!
Also, just for your edification: 4Runner are better than GTR’s 😉