The Toyota 4Runner has been available for 28 years and changes in 2013 model will be minimal .
As one of the few remaining fully capable SUVs in its segment, it combines rugged body-on frame construction with suspension technology that allows it to ride comfortably, similar to a standard passenger vehicle.
For 2013, it’ll be available in three trim levels: SR5, Limited, and Trail for off-road capability. Third-row seating will be optional for all models, allowing it to comfortably seat seven.
Powered by a 4.0-liter V6, all 4Runner models will have 270 hp and will be available in rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive and full-time multi-mode four-wheel drive configurations. That engine is mated to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission, while the SR5 model will get a switch-type control for its transfer case, replacing the 2012 model’s lever setup.
Upgrades in the Limited model include X-REAS suspension system, further improving performance, comfort and control. The X-REAS system automatically adjusts damping force when driving over bumpy surfaces and cornering. The Limited also comes equipped with full-time, four-wheel drive system with a locking center differential and a three-mode, center console-mounted switch.
As for the Trail grade, the automaker will offer Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) as an option. According to Toyota, “KDSS significantly improves terrain-following ability by dynamically disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain.”
Standard on the Trail grade is Toyota’s Crawl Control which helps maintain an appropriate speed to keep the vehicle under control, minimizing load on its drivetrain and suspension components. Multi-Terrain select is also available on the Trail model.
New to the 2013 model year SR5 and Limited are automatic running boards, while the Limited model sees a new Display Audio system that incorporates today’s most in-demand connectivity features, including Toyota’s Entune system.