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2003 Toyota 4Runner

2003 Toyota 4Runner
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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 in 1985.

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.

Available Models
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 standard content.

Interior Features
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.

Exterior Features
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.

2003 Toyota 4Runner Highlights

All-new 4.0-liter V6 aluminum engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i). The new lightweight engine is Toyota's first all-aluminum engine on a light truck.
4Runner now offers a 4.7-liter i-Force V8 engine on all models
All-new body-on-ladder frame chassis design features full-length boxed section frame rails that include large diameter body mounts for increased torsional rigidity over the entire vehicle.
Standard on the new Sport Edition and optional on the Limited is a new diagonal-linked relative absorber sport enhanced suspension system (X-REAS).
4Runner has grown substantially in nearly every exterior dimension. With an additional 5.7 inches in length and 4.5 inches in wheelbase, over three inches in additional width, and larger wheels, the new 4Runner presents a wider stance for improved ride and handling.

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Fast Stats
MSRP from
4.0L V6
4.7L V8
245 @ 5,200
235 @ 4,800
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
MPG: City/Hwy
V6 2WD - 18/21
V6 4WD - 17/21
V8 2WD - 16/20
V8 4WD - 15/19

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