Remember when the Toyota 4Runner was just a pickup truck with extra seats and a cap? #4SpokeFTW. [Image: Toyota]
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“As slow as possible, as fast as necessary.” That’s what we say when we’re on a long-haul off-road expedition, living out of roof tents and retractable kitchens. Unless you’re Tonka, then you’re like “Yo dog, I heard you like lift kits...”
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This weekend I drove our twice-totaled, thrice-bent, 1996 Toyota 4Runner jacked up on bastardized pickup truck suspension from New York to Philly to the Pennsylvania woods. And somehow, back again. All I know is I’m still high on fumes and farts and gas station hot dogs.
This is no diamond-in-the-rough. It's not an "oldie but goodie" like Bowman's well-storied Ram. This ravaged third-gen 4Runner a mean-muggin' non-fucking-giving beater, and now we have the arduous task of taking care of it. Or, you know, destroying it.
The most recent generation of Toyota 4Runner was, as Regular Car Reviews puts it, "a rolling supermarket where kids cough on all the produce." But it wasn't always that way.
When a freak storm blew a gigantic tree on this guy's Toyota 4Runner in the middle of nowhere, he didn't just sit around and wait for a tow. He drove the thing right into town.
Toyota "didn't have room" for me at their TRD Pro party in Las Vegas last month, so we'll have to experience it vicariously through Roman Mica. He was the first non-Toyota employee to take the TRD Pros into the dirt, and he was kind enough to tape it for us.
Like its close cousin the Toyota 4Runner, the Lexus GX 460 really feels like a truck thanks to body-on-frame construction. I've never seen a Lexus on a trail, but the GX's shocks feel soft enough to absorb Trophy Truck jumps. That makes turning an oceanic experience, and makes me wonder who this SUV is actually for.
There's something so soothing about all that blue, green, and white makes me want to hang out in this muddy valley near James Peak, Colorado all day. Having a classic 4Runner to play with wouldn't hurt either.
Several years before the 4runner was introduced to the world an odd collaboration between Toyota and Winnebago produced a little known compact SUV conversion called the Trekker.
The whole Big-SUV-in-the-1990s joke? It's only a little bit funny. Still, a little bit's better than none at all. [Automobile]
Pressing the "Party Mode" button boosts the stereo's bass and pushes the equalization to the back speakers, thus facilitating the party atmosphere surrounding your Toyota 4Runner. Not a bad idea if you could get anyone to ride in your Toyota.
Joseph Anderson smashed into trees and rolled his truck three times. Despite empty beer bottles littering the scene, alcohol testing wasn't done, no ticket written. He's a reserve police deputy and police chief's brother. Coincidence?
The 2011 Toyota 4Runner was spotted out in California wearing a thick suit of camo-armor. The new 4Runner seems to retain the shapes which make it recognizable, along with a revised hood-line and headlights.