http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/4runner/2012/ The 2012 Toyota 4Runner is one of the last true body on frame SUVs out there today. The 4Runner rides more like a truck and thus provides a ton of utility but it is not the most comfortable vehicle on the road. Those looking for a daily commuter should maybe pass the 4Runner up and instead look at the Toyota Highlander. But if you are looking for a capable off-road SUV then the 5th generation 2012 Toyota 4Runner is a great choice. There are 3 different trim levels starting with the base SR5, the Trail, and the Limited. Prices range from $31,090 all the way up to $40,630.
The 2012 Toyota 4Runner is powered by a 4.0 liter V-6 Dual VVT-i engine that makes 270 horsepower and 279 lb-ft. of torque. The only transmission offered is a 5-speed automatic. The 4x2 model gets 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway while the 4x4 model gets 1 less MPG highway. The 4WD model comes with Active Traction Control and a Torsen limited-slip differential. The 2012 Toyota 4Runner Trail edition has the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System which frees up the stabilizer bar so that each wheel can respond to the terrain individually. KDSS allow the wheels to the freedom to move without restriction maximizing traction while decreasing body roll.
Standard on the SR5 model is an integrated towing hitch and associated wiring harness, a power window located in the lift gate, and Bluetooth. Stepping up to the Tail edition gets you an electronically controlled locking rear differential, CRAWL Control, the KDDS systems, and waterproof seats. The top of the line Limited trim adds leather seats, huge 20-inch alloy rims, and dual zone climate control. As far as options are concerned, the 2012 Toyota 4Runner can be had with a 6.1 inch touch screen navigation system, back-up camera, JBL sound system, power seats, automatic running boards and more.
Aside from the options there are a few different packages that can be purchased with the 2012 Toyota 4Runner. The Convenience Package adds power seats and a moon roof. The Premium Package adds navigation, power seats, leather, and a moon roof. Then there is the option to add third row seating on top of the Premium Package.
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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Test Drive & SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/fj-cruiser/2012/ The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
is designed to go off-road. Everything about this SUV from the exterior
design, to the engine, and 4WD system were designed to handle anything you
can throw at it. Toyota kept with the retro styling theme and created a
vehicle that is part truck and part SUV. The exterior of the FJ Cruiser
plays homage to its roots that go way back to the 1960's with its short
wheelbase and buff frame, as well as the look of the front grille and
headlight assemblies. Base price on the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser is $26,115.
The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0 liter V-6 engine featuring Dual VVT-I
technology that produces 250 horsepower and 271 lb-ft. of
torque. The transmission choices are a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed
automatic. The automatic transmission is actually more fuel efficient
netting the netting the FJ Cruiser 17 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the
The chassis is built for trail duty. The body on frame truck style gives
the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser a high level of clearance measuring 9.6 inches
of ground clearance. The suspension travel is 8 inches up front and 9
inches out back. Speaking of suspension, the FJ Cruiser sports a double
wish-bone front and a 4-link rear. The A-TRAC system is an active traction
control that acts like a locking differential. The FJ Cruiser also features
Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and Stability Control.
Besides all the off-road capable technology, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
comes with some other creature comforts as well. On the inside you get much
need air conditioning, a nice stereo, Bluetooth, power windows and locks.
You can add on many optional packages including a Convenience Package,
Off-Road Package, trail Teams Special Edition Package, TRD Package and
more. Check out the various add-ons you can get with a new 2012 Toyota FJ
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2012 Toyota Sequoia Test Drive & SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/sequoia/2012/ The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is
one of those vehicles that offers a ton of utilitarian value. The Sequoia
can seat up to 8 passengers, has tons of cargo room, and can tow 6900 lbs.
There are 3 models of Sequoia for purchase: the base SR5 costs $40,930, the
Limited costs $51,040, and the Platinum costs $58,580. The 2012 Toyota
Sequoia comes in either 2WD or 4WD.
There are 2 different engines offered on the Sequoia for the 2012 model
year. Them smaller engine can be found on the lower model SUVs. This 4.6
liter V-8 engine makes 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft. of
torque. The larger engine is a 5.7 liter V-8 motor that makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft. of
torque. Both engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel
economy is 14 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway for the smaller 4.6
liter engine and 13 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway for the
larger 5.7 liter engine.
On the outside there are a ton of standard features. The bumpers are color
matched to the rest of the body. The Sequoia gets standard fog lamps and a
chrome grille surround. The stock 18-inch alloy wheels look great but you
can upgrade to a set of 20-inch alloy sport wheels which really stand out.
The rear liftgate automatically opens and closes. Also the Sequoia comes
standard with a roof rack, running boards, and mud guards.
On the inside the Sequoia base model gets cloth seating but the Premium
models get leather seats that are power adjustable. The standard radio
comes with a CD player, Bluetooth, iPod connection, and Sirius XM Satellite
Radio. You can upgrade to a great 12-speaker JBL Synthesis stereo system.
There is also a touch-screen navigation unit as an option. As stated
earlier the 2012 Toyota Sequoia can seat up to 8 passengers. But there is
an option which swaps out the middle row seating with 2 oversized Captains
Chairs. The Sequoia also comes with power everything as a standard feature.
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2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Test Drive & SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/land-cruiser/2013/ The Toyota Land Cruiser
has been around since the early 1950's when it was built for military use
during the Korean War. A few years later the Land Cruiser became a capable
civilian vehicle that could handle off-road conditions. The current
200-series Land Cruiser has morphed into a large luxury SUV but still
retains its hard-core off-road ability. The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser has a
base price of $78,555.
For almost 60 years Toyota has been producing the Land Cruiser. This is a
legendary off-road vehicle that has built a reputation for not only being
capable but durable as well. Not to be confused with the Land Rover, the
Land Cruiser really has some unique styling cues about it. The Land Cruiser
has always been designed to be a gifted off-road sport utility vehicle and
in many countries this is used as a police or military vehicle still to
this day. Over the decades the Land Cruiser has really evolved; it's been
manufactured in all shapes and sizes. Here in the U.S. we primarily get the
8-passenger 4-door version.
Back in 1999, the Land Cruiser was converted over from a 6-cylinder to a
V-8 which elevated the SUV's status to a more family friendly vehicle.
Today there is a 5.7 liter V-8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft. of
torque. Fuel economy is 13 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway.
Overall the interior is great with the Land Cruiser having the ability to
carry 8-passengers in comfort. The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser offers an
amazing driving experience. Its size is not too large like a Suburban.
Instead the Land Cruiser is the ideal size for an 8-passenger large SUV.
This is a great vehicle that you will want to keep in your family for a
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2012 Porsche Panamera Test Drive & Luxury Sports Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/porsche/panamera/2012/ The 2012 Porsche Panamera
is an interesting combination of automotive delicacies. The Panamera is one
part sports car, one part luxury car, one part hatchback, and one part
sedan. Over the past decade, Porsche has created a few unique vehicles to
target a broad range of car buyers. The Boxster is aimed at the entry level
sports car enthusiast while the Cayenne is aimed at those looking for a
quick SUV. But the Panamera offers 911 performance with a usable back seat.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera can range from $75,200 for the base model all the
way to $173,200 for the top of the line turbo S model.
The vehicle tested in this video is the base model Panamera 4 (AWD). It is
powered by a lightweight and direct injected 3.6 liter V-6 engine that
makes 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of
torque. The transmission is the famous PDK twin-cutch 7-speed unit that
shifts lighting quick. Fuel economy on the 2012 Porsche Panamera is 18 MPG
in the city and 26 MPG on the highway thanks in part to an auto start/stop
system which shuts down the engine while the car is sitting idle. Sixty MPH
flies by in 5.8 seconds and the Panamera 4 has a top speed of 159 MPH. The
Panamera handles incredibly well thanks to the Porsche Traction Management
system. The AWD monitors driving situations and can adjust power as need.
The Panamera is equipped with Anti-Slip Regulation and Automatic Brake
Porsche Active Suspension Management is optional on the Panamera 4. This
system provides electronic dampening at all 4 corners of the car thus
reducing body roll and increasing handling. The system will also tighten up
the setting based on the selection of modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport
Plus. The rims are 18-inch alloys wrapped in sticky rubber. The 2012
Porsche Panamera comes with huge 360 mm brakes up front and 330 mm brakes
out back. The calipers are six-piston units. Safety wise besides all the
electronic computer controlled systems, the Panamera 4 features a full
compliment of 2-stage airbags for both the front and rear passengers.
With the rear seats up the Panamera has a luggage compartment with over 15
cubic feet of storage space. But with he seats down the hatchback design
allows for over 44 cubic feet of cargo room which is a large amount for
this segment. And believe it or not the 2012 Porsche Panamera can tow up to
4850 lbs. The Panamera is a very efficient and powerful sports car that
offers a high level of luxury and sophistication while being able to
transport 4 passengers in style.
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the all new 2012 Jeep Grand
Cherokee SRT-8. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this suv while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this suv designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Top 4 Crossovers that can never go off-road
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Here's an odd fact. Many of today's newest
crossover can't go off-road. Of course that doesn't mean that they are not
fun. It just means that while they look like they could take you to Everest
and back, they can really only go on snow and dirt covered roads. Here are
our top 4 fun non-offroad worthy Crossovers revealed and reviewed that
we've driven this year.
2014 Toyota 4Runner First Drive & Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is one of the last
remaining old school SUV's. In other words, it still is a traditional body
on frame vehicle. That means it is rigid and very strong but also heavy and
thirsty. In another TFLcar first drive review Roman and Nathan test drive
the newly refreshed 2014 Toyota 4Runner in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to see if
an old style SUV can succeed in a brave new world.
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2014 Toyota 4Runner
Similar to Toyota's light-handed touch in updating the Tundra pickup truck
for the new model year, the 4Runner boasts subtle, though welcome, changes
for 2014. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams got up close and personal
with the SUV while testing its formidable Trail edition in Pennsylvania's
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2012 Toyota 4Runner Limited
Rugged Toyota 4Runner Offers New Audio Systems for 2012; Toyota Entune™
• 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
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
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
2013 Toyota 4Runner Start Up and Review 4.0 L V6
Start Up and Review of the 2013 4Runner
Powertrains: 4.0 L V6 with a 5-Speed Automatic 4WD
Features: Powered Driver Seat, Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio
Controls, Cruise Control, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Automatic Climate
Control, Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, Power Outlet(s), AUX
Input, USB Port, Sunroof, Garage Home Link
Engine & Performance
Base engine size: 4.0 L
Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Valve timing: Variable
Torque: 278 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm
horsepower: 270 hp
@ 5600 rpm
Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
Base engine type: gas
Fuel type: gas
Fuel type: regular unleaded
Fuel tank capacity: 23.0 gal.
Range in miles (cty/hwy): 391.0/506.0 mi.
EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 17/22 mpg
Trims: SR5, Trail, Limited
Competitors: Nissan Xterra, Chevrolet Tahoe
What I have to say about the 4Runner: If your looking for a great off
roader, this is your SUV. As full capable off road SUVS are becoming
increasingly rare on the market today, this is actually the best one you
can buy. It may have a slighlty high price tag, but you do get that Toyota
reliability and resale value. Inside of the car feels very truck like with
a true truck layed out interior, which some people may find attractive in a
car. All in all Im glad they kept the 4Runner in their lineup as it is a
true 4x4 SUV.