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This is the 2014 Toyota 4Runner, which is a facelift of the fifth-generation SUV. The 4Runner is a pick-up truck-based SUV – much like how our how our Toyota Fortuner is based on the Hilux, the 4Runner is a sister of the US-market Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck. The fifth-gen 4Runner made its debut as a MY 2010 car.

The Toyota 4Runner combines rugged body-on-frame construction with suspension that is said to yield optimal off-road capability with a smooth ride and comfort more often associated with crossovers. The 2014 4Runner is available in three grades: a value-driven SR5; top-of-the-line Limited, and a Trail grade for maximum off-road capability. Optional third-row seats are available on the former two grades.

4Runner owners will have the choice of a rear wheel 4×2, part-time 4×4 or a full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking center differential. The Trail grade gets bigger approach and departure angles, high ground clearance, and an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which improves terrain-following ability by dynamically disconnecting stabiliser bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain.

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Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature is standard on the Trail grade. The system helps maintain an appropriate speed to keep the vehicle under control and minimizes the load on drivetrain and suspension components.

There’s also a a Multi-Terrain Select system that dials in wheel-slip control to match the terrain. On loose ground, more-than-normal wheel slip is permitted, allowing wheel-spin to work in the vehicle’s favour. On bumpy roads or solid rock, wheel slip is minimised and the system acts more like a LSD. A Mogul setting is for extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges.

All models are equipped with a 1GR-FE 4.0 litre V6 engine with 270 hp and 377 Nm of torque. The big V6 is teamed to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission and is one of the few vehicles that continues to offer a transfer case. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds and all vehicles feature an integrated tow-hitch receiver and wiring harness as standard equipment.