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The exterior of the new 2022 Toyota 4Runner.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Toyota 4Runner.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Toyota 4Runner.

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The interior of the new Toyota 4Runner 2022.

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The interior of the new Toyota 4Runner 2022.

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Again, with the 2022 edition of the Toyota 4Runner, it is still one of the last true body-on-frame 4×4 vehicles on the market. Besides the ever-popular Jeep Wrangler, there’s really only one other competitor out there, and that’s the new Ford Bronco.

We are happy to see more competition in the market with the Bronco, since the departure of the Nissan Xterra a few years ago. Finding a vehicle that would take us just about anywhere there is even the slightest hint of road was becoming difficult.

Any one of these three off-road masters would get to most places. It would come down to personal desires as to what would work best for the buyer. We only had 30 minutes in the new Bronco, so it’s hard to form an opinion on this option. And with the Jeep featuring a more rugged interior, we’d most appreciate having the 4Runner as an everyday driver.

The 4Runner wins in the comfort department when it’s not tackling the off-road world. The 4Runner’s interior would keep any football mom or empty nests like us happy to bring the kids over or just run errands all day, with much easier access to the rear seats and cargo area. rear – and, quite frankly, there’s quite a bit more cargo space in the 4Runner.

The 4Runner looks and drives more like a sedan than the off-road monster it is. Appearances can be deceiving and in this case. With Muti-terrain Select’s standard off-road technology, we could choose from four modes designed to regulate wheel spin by adjusting the engine’s throttle setting and brake pressure to provide us with the maximum traction in n’ any off-road situation.

Of course, there’s also Crawl Control which literally lets the 4Runner crawl through the wrong things. Whether it’s going up or down a slope reserved for sheep and mountain goats, it will stay in a “creeping” position to cross everything. This continuous development of dirt-repellent technology keeps Toyota as one of the world leaders. With so many different advantages at your fingertips that allow for so many different choices when climbing, from the hills around your house to the red rocks of Moab, the 4Runner has it all.

The 4Runner comes equipped with all sorts of great four-wheel-drive perks, including A-TRAC, or full-time 4WD active traction control with a Torsen limited-slip locking differential. In other words, the rear wheels can be locked to turn at the same speed with the A-TRAC doing the same up front but still allowing brake control in conjunction, so you don’t have need to be a professional driver to have full four-wheel drive control!

One of the options in our test drive was the addition of KDSS. We quickly had the question what is KDSS? That’s Toyota’s name for Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, of course. Using the magic of a hydraulic system, the stabilizer bars under the SUV are disconnected to improve articulation. Essentially, the KDSS-equipped 4Runner can follow terrain better by allowing the axles to have more travel distance.

Included with this system is the KDSS/CRAWL selector which does a couple of things: first, it automatically adjusts the suspension for better wheel articulation – that would be the KDSS part – then the CRAWL automatically modulates the brakes and throttle on the five low-speed settings, essentially allowing the driver to crawl almost automatically over and through rough terrain. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a multi-terrain selector, allowing the rider to choose the type of terrain they’re currently encountering, from hard rock to sand.

We realized that it is very important to read and understand how all these different functions work together so that the 4Runner experience can be enjoyed as much as possible when exploring the vastness that nature has to offer, just to ensure getting around in the wild can be accomplished as easily as possible using all the tools the 4Runner has to offer.

Under the hood, the 4Runner sports a nice 4.0-liter V6 engine that puts out 270 horsepower with 278 foot-pounds of torque, making sure there’s always enough power whether it’s going up hills. or go on the freeway. There’s also a 4,700-pound towing capacity on the SUV, so small trailers or small boats won’t be a problem. And since Toyota is the only manufacturer to ensure that the towing capacity of its vehicles meets SAE standards, you can rest assured that the 4Runner can handle at least that much weight.

Inside, as we mentioned, it looks more like a sedan with Softex seating surfaces that had a really nice accent of red stitching. They were extremely comfortable and, of course, they were also heated, which made Deanne even happier on our walks. The heat and air control knobs are taken from a page of the Tundra book and are huge, making them very easy to use even with thick work gloves. They add to the ambiance of the vehicle, making it more ambitious!

Also included is an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen with the full Toyota Entune candy available, SiriusXM radio, navigation and a backup camera. Our phones connected seamlessly via Bluetooth and we were able to listen to our music through the sound system.

The good news is that the 4Runner TRD Pro comes with some great color choices, which will make some people love it even more. But if serious off-roading is something you really enjoy and want to be able to go anywhere, then the 4Runner is worth serious consideration, but it will keep Mom happy running around with the kids, or even Deanne with the grandchildren.

Base price: $52,120

Destination price: $1,215

Price as driven: $53,435


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