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#458 of 769 Impressions after two weeks
Dec 18, 2009 (2:52 pm)
I have had my 2010 Limited for two weeks now. Most of my driving is to and from work, a short two miles, but I have also done a few trips to the airport, 40 miles. This is my first 4Runner but I did test drive the 2008 V8 Limited and ordered one but Toyota would not sell me one with the Xreas suspension for some EPA reason that I never understood. So, here goes:
The car is MUCH slower than the Jeep Overland 4.7 HO that I previously drove. It also feels slower than the V8 that I test drove. That said, it is not a dog and on the highway seems completely adequate (My other car is an S63 AMG, so I know fast). It is a little slow off the line until you realize that the accelerator has to be pushed very hard to floor the thing -- it has a lot of resistance. I suppose this is the nanny state thing.
I find the car very comfortable, much more so than the Jeep or the previous generation 4Runner. It rides smooth and corners quite well for a 5000 lb vehicle. It is also a very quite truck. The brakes are a little disappointing, there is an upgrade on the options list but my dealer could not get it in my truck.
I am getting poor mileage but I suspect that part of this is that I warm up the car for ten minutes prior to my five minute drive to the office.
All in all, I like this truck. In the LTD dress, it is civilized enough for day to day use and, I am sure, will do quite well on my friends' farms during hunting season.
#459 of 769 Re: Impressions after two weeks [kansashick]
Dec 18, 2009 (5:00 pm)
what brake upgrade option exactly? do you mean the TRD brake pads?
your story about how Toyota "would not sell you" the 2008 Limited V8 because of the XREAS suspension sounds super-sketchy—after all, your 2010 has the XREAS suspension!!!!
#460 of 769 Re: Impressions after two weeks [stateofmaine]
Dec 19, 2009 (11:35 am)
I do mean the TRD pads.
The problem with the v8 with XREAS had something to do with fleet mileage. I ordered the 2008 in about May and found out in July that Toyota could not make any more XREAS equipped 4Runners for that model year. I am just reporting what happened.
#461 of 769 Front Leg Room
Dec 19, 2009 (12:38 pm)
I haven't been out to the dealer to look at the 2010 yet... How is the front leg room compared to the 2009? I passed on the 2009 as my knees were up against the dash below the steering wheel. I'm 6 ft. 3 in. Found the same in the Highlander. The Tacoma felt okay but the brakes seemed kind of mushy when pushing on the pedal. Not that it didn't stop, just seemed like a lot of travel. How is the 2010?
#462 of 769 Re: Impressions after two weeks [kansashick]
Dec 19, 2009 (1:01 pm)
oh, i see. that's really weird. i mean, the new 2010 Limiteds come with the XREAS suspension… just doesn't make any sense.
and to clarify, i thought Toyota's story seemed sketchy, not yours! my apologies if that wasn't clear.
#463 of 769 Re: Front Leg Room [xc90508]
Dec 19, 2009 (6:19 pm)
I am 6'2" and had plenty of leg room. Additionally, the horizontal slope of the front windshield makes the cab seem visually much bigger too compared to the '09. It was kinda odd at first to sit in and see the window slope. Overall, roomy all around for me.
#464 of 769 Re: Impressions after two weeks [kansashick]
Dec 19, 2009 (8:38 pm)
the brakes on the new 4R are 4 pistons on front, identical to the new Lexus GX460.
Changing the brake pads MAY not enhance stopping power so you know. The racing pads are designed to be driven and warmed up before they have stopping power, you dont want that on streets. I am not sure why TOY offer TRD junk line of products. Did you see anyone on the FAST and Furious sporting TRD? No!
#465 of 769 Re: Gas Mileage [stateofmaine]
Dec 21, 2009 (8:36 am)
#466 of 769 Re: Alot of dark gray SR5s on the lot [kansashick]
Dec 22, 2009 (11:10 am)
My first 500 miles the MPG was poor (about 14.5 combined) when I got around 1,000 miles my combined shot up to mid 17's and highway was close to 20... needs break in...I am also using premium as I have found it perfroms better....
#467 of 769 Gas mileage
Dec 28, 2009 (4:05 pm)
Nearly 2000mi. and gas mileage continues to improve. 21.3mpg 50/50 calculated.No issues so far, tows my 4000lb boat much better than my Honda Pilot. Ride has softened a little bit.