Test Driving a stock 4 Runner for the Baja 1000 offroad race
Could automotive engineers successfully drive a stock vehicle in the intimidating offroad race, The Baja 1000 and survive? Could the winningest driver of that race coach a team of non-pros driving a factory stock Toyota 4 runner? This is the shakedown day to find out.
Tillamook State Forest Off Road 4wheeling - Oregon - April 14, 2012
Gitout.com Off Road Enthusiasts! Our destination was Tillamook State Forest (Browns Camp), Oregon. Our group of 11 trucks met at the Cedar Tree trail head. We then ran part of Firebreak Five and headed to Bates Road. There were 4 of us that went on to adventure to find the Truck Dent trail. We managed to find the trail and drive it in the pitch darkness. It was a great trip with an awesome group.
Rigs: 1992 Isuzu Pickup, 2004 Toyota 4runner, 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 1998 Toyota 4runner, 2000 Isuzu Amigo, 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2002 Toyota Tacoma, 2006 Toyota Tacoma, 2005 Toyota Tacoma, 2008 Toyota Tacoma, 2011 Toyota Tacoma
2012 Toyota 4Runner Limited
Rugged Toyota 4Runner Offers New Audio Systems for 2012; Toyota Entune™ Services Available
• New Audio and Connectivity Features
• Standard 270 horsepower V6
• Two- or Three-Row Versatility
• Trail Model Offers Ultimate Off-Roading
The Toyota 4Runner, the fifth generation of this rugged, full-capability SUV, enters the 2012 model year with major audio and connectivity upgrades and available new automatic running boards. A keystone in the Toyota SUV lineup for 27 years, the 4Runner was named "Most Dependable Midsize Crossover/SUV" by J.D. Power & Associates in 2011.
For 2012, the 4Runner SR5 and Limited grades offer the convenience of newly available automatic running boards. The 4Runner SR5 and Trail models come with standard SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio capability with a 90-day trial subscription included, USB port with iPod® connectivity and hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology.
Standard for the Limited grade, and optional for all other 4Runner models, a new display-type audio system incorporates today's most in-demand connectivity features. Those offered are navigation, Toyota Entune™ services, XM Satellite Radio (with 90-day trial subscription), HD Radio with iTunes® tagging and text/e-mail-to-speech. The Toyota Entune system is a collection of popular mobile applications and data services, with three years of complimentary access. Once the smart phone is connected to the vehicle using Bluetooth wireless technology or a USB cable, Entune's features are operated using the vehicle's controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Entune offers mobile apps for Bing™, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable®, and Pandora®. Entune data services include a fuel price guide, sports scores, stocks, traffic and weather.
The 4Runner combines rugged body-on-frame construction with suspension technology that yields ride comfort more often associated with car-based platforms. The 2012 4Runner is available in a variety of configurations and in three models: a well-equipped SR5, top-of-the-line Limited, plus a Trail grade for maximum off-road capability. Optional third-row seats allow for up to seven-person capacity.
Drivetrain configurations include rear wheel 4x2, part-time 4x4 and full-time multi-mode 4x4 with a locking center differential. All models are equipped with a 4.0-liter 270-horsepower V6 teamed to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission.
Performance and Efficiency
The 4Runner 4.0-liter V6 generates 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) optimizes torque across the engine's operating range. Fuel economy ratings rival some car-based SUV-type vehicles at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for 4x2 models (22 mpg highway for 4x4). Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, with 4Runner's standard integrated tow hitch receiver and wiring harness.
Handling and Ride
A double-wishbone independent front suspension, combined with a variable-flow rack and pinion steering, help give the 4Runner precise control on demanding roads. Coil springs over gas shocks are used at all four wheels for a comfortable ride and controlled handling. The four-link rear suspension minimizes axle hop and assures a smooth ride for rear seat passengers.
The Limited grade comes standard with an X-REAS suspension system that further improves performance, comfort and control. X-REAS automatically adjusts the damping force of shocks when driving over bumpy surfaces, or when cornering. The system uses a center control absorber to cross-link shocks on opposite corners of the vehicle, substantially reducing pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs. With X-REAS the 4Runner corners flatter, smoother, and handles choppy pavement more easily.
4x4 Capability Designed-In
The 4Runner SR5 and Trail 4x4 models have a two-speed part-time four-wheel-drive system with neutral position. The 4Runner Limited is equipped with a full-time, four-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential and a three-mode, center console-mounted switch. The A-TRAC traction control system is standard equipment on all 4x4 models. The system can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, making terrain irregularities and slippery patches transparent to the driver. An electronic-locking rear differential is standard on the Trail grade.
1999 Toyota 4Runner Custom Low Rider by John Miller
This is a custom project built by John Miller, Infamous Customs of Sedalia Missouri. It will be featured at the 2012 SEMA Car Show in Las Vegas. Hit the link to see pictures and a description of the car!
4Runner and Total Chaos suspension
Just playing around on a trail in Big Bear. The 4Runner is handling the bumps on this trail with ease at about 50mph using the Total Chaos long travel suspension, King shocks and Deaver custom rear coils...
Keep in mind this isn't a pre-runner style build, but a heavy expedition style vehicle weighing in at almost 7k lbs complete with all trail gear, camp equipment, roof-top-tent, fridge/freezer, etc.
2013 Toyota 4Runner Trail - RUNNING
The Toyota 4Runner, the fifth generation of this rugged, full-capability SUV and a keystone in the Toyota SUV lineup for 28 years, continues as one of the few full-capability SUVs available in its segment. For 2013 4Runner carries over unchanged with the exception of the SR5 grade transfer case changing from a lever to a switch type and the USB port relocating from the glove compartment to the more convenient lower center stack.
The MSRP for the 2013 4Runner will range from $31,340 for the SR5 4x2 to $40,880 for the Limited grade 4x4. The MSRP's reflect an average overall increase of $305, or 0.9 percent.