And no review of the new 4Runner would be complete without mentioning the coolest button in the history of the automobile. It's simply labeled "Party Mode."
That device changes the stereo system to sound better for tailgating.
In the end, the 4Runner is an SUV designed for a very specific person: someone who doesn't want the bigger Sequoia, can't afford the Land Cruiser, thinks the FJ Cruiser looks weird, is young enough to want a "party mode" button, and yet still wants a Toyota off-roader.
What was tested?
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail 4x4 ($35,805). Options: Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System ($1,750), navigation system ($2,420), carpet floor mat and cargo mat ($204). Price as tested (including $810 destination charge): $40,989.
Why buy it?
It's designed for off-road driving, has Toyota's reputation for dependability and doesn't look as strange as the FJ Cruiser.
Why avoid it?
If you don't do a lot of off-road driving, you'd be better off with a crossover vehicle.