Toyota’s 4Runner, one of their more popular lines, and also one of their more popular SUVs just got a whole bunch of upgrades for the 2010 model year. The 4Runner shares its platform with the FJ Cruiser, has been completely redesigned for 2010, and it continues to use body-on-frame construction. Toyota says that the new 4Runner is “more rugged than the Highlander and more versatile than the FJ Cruiser”.
The 2010 4Runner it taller, wider and longer than the ’09 model and offers an optional third-row of seats. Also for 2010, the 4Runner is available in three different trim levels: the first is the SR5, then comes the more luxury oriented and better equipped Limited, and a more “serious” version called Trail.
The Trail package offers higher ground clearance and something called the Multi-Terrain Select system that gives you four different modes to choose from. It also features Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL), which gives you five different speed settings and prevents the vehicle from heading down hill too fast by regulating engine speed and output along with braking force.
On the outside, the Trail trim level gets you black outer mirrors, front and rear bumper guards, dark smoke treatment on the head and tail lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels as well as the specific hood scoop.
The 2010 4Runner can be had in either rear-wheel drive 4×2 and part time 4×4 modes as well as a full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking center differential. Naturally that later drivetrain version is standard on the Trail model.
All of the 4×4 models are motivated by a new 4.0-liter V6 engine that cranks out 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque. All that power and torque gets to the pavement, dirt or gravel via a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. This set up returns EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. If you opt for the 4×2 system, the mileage is a little better at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.