The one-two punches in the midsize SUV segment for Toyota
are the 4-Runner and the Highlander. The Highlander is the
vehicle for those who really want a luxury sedan with the
added security, and capability of the SUV class. The 2003
Toyota 4Runner is the businesslike member of the duo. Gifted
with true off-road capability and focussed toward rugged
performance, the 4Runner is continuing the tradition its
predecessors have established since their first introduction
Not wanting to rest on their laurels, the designers at
Toyota have made numerous technological advancements, enhancing
the new Toyota 4Runner's capabilities and refreshing its
styling as it enters its fourth generation. The 2003 Toyota
4Runner is bigger, more powerful, more comfortable and has
better mileage to boot.
There are three models of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner, each
with different capabilities and trim orientations. At the
base level, displaying features above Toyota's usual SR5
trim characteristics is the SR5. This model sets the very
high baseline that Toyota has established with the 4Runner
this year. Next up is the sport-oriented and predictably
labelled Sport model. For the highest level of luxury and
amenity, the Limited model, with significantly increased
The 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 sets a high standard with automatic
climate control, cruise control, air conditioning and an
AM/FM/CD player. These are usually not standard features
at the base level. In addition a large assortment of added
amenities is included. The Sport has all these features
and more, adding performance related interior touches like
a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls and
heated power mirrors.
The Limited has the most, in terms of interior luxury.
This is a limousine-like set of standards with dual-zone
climate control, leather upholstery, heated, power seating,
rear radio controls with wireless headphones, a universal
garage door opener and an automatic day/night rearview mirror.
The exterior of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner is graced by both
stylish form and useful function. Featuring an all-new chassis
design with exterior styling, the new Toyota 4Runner expands
the definition of the classic off-road SUV. A wide, rounded
front end features an aggressive horizontal grille complemented
with a front bumper and skid plate, and wide headlamps that
convey ruggedness. Large overfenders and cladding convey
strength while large tail lamps and a rear bumper with an
integrated tow hitch accent the rear. Roof racks and fully
integrated fog lights top off the selection.
4Runner offers a choice of two sophisticated and state-of-the-art
engines. An all-new 4.0-liter V6, Toyota's first all-aluminum
engine on a light truck, which features a new linkless electronic
throttle control system with intelligence (ETCS-i) that
helps improve performance and increase fuel economy. With
245 horsepower at 5,200 RPM and 282 lb.-ft. of torque at
3,800 RPM, it generates one of the highest six-cylinder
torque capabilities in the mid-SUV segment. Fuel economy
of 18/21 mpg (2WD) and 17/21 for all 4WD models is sufficient
for EPA-certification as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV).
Alternatively, 4Runner now offers a 4.7-liter i-Force V8
engine on all models. The powerful V8 produces 235 horsepower
at 4,800 RPM and 320 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,400 RPM. 16/20
mpg for all 2WD models and 15/19 for all 4WD grades is not
as good as the other engine but this one has nearly 40lb-ft
more peak torque.
Safety and Security
The new Toyota 4Runner also has extensive safety technology
with four-channel Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist
(BA) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) all standard.
Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC)
is also in place on all models along with advanced airbag
and belt restraint systems.
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