What we think of as SUVs aren’t usually. They’re built on a unibody design these days, the same as cars. Some vehicles, like the Toyota 4Runner, still do things the old-fashioned way with body-on-frame construction and plenty of power. As a result, they can go places your average crossover can’t. Want to broaden your horizons? It’s time for a trip to Toyota Chula Vista.
If you’re experiencing a twinge of deja vu looking at the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, it’s not all in your head. You’ve seen this SUV before, since it’s identical in nearly all respects to last year’s model.
There are exceptions, including some new colors and wider availability of 20-inch wheels. We’re not complaining, since the mechanical specs are the real selling point here. So let’s look at the numbers: 270 horsepower, 278 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 5,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped.
If you want to put all that power to its best use, look at the Off-Road Premium and TRD Off-Road trims. While their siblings (the SR5 and SR5 Premium) hold their own, the Off-Road trims really live up to their name. You can go places in this that you can’t go with either a Toyota Camry, or a lot of competitors’ SUVs for that matter.
The Toyota 4Runner isn’t dainty or well-mannered. It’s built to give and take plenty of punishment. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since there’s also plenty of room for gear (9 to 88 cubic feet depending on seating configuration). Combine that with the available towing capacity and you can do a lot more both on and off the road.
For a little something extra, spring for the upper trims. That’s where you’ll find a more advanced version of the Entune infotainment system for even more fun behind the wheel.
If your idea of adventure is braving the mall parking lot, any SUV will do. The challenge is when you want to leave civilization behind and find new roads, with new stories. That’s when you need the Toyota 4Runner. Visit Toyota Chula Vista at 650 Main St today to test drive a new Toyota SUV!