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Toyota 4Runner, Concept Cars, Future Vehicle, SUV
#590 of 769 Re: Good Road Test of the 2010 4Runner [murphydog]
Jan 30, 2010 (4:43 pm)
Like many here, I've often engaged 4H when needed. It's always worked although it doesn't engage immediately as most electronic systems are slower to engage. Binding scares me, but there was almost always some slippage when I used it. And fxoffroad is correct that it'll do the job and be noisy in hard turns. I just wouldn't use it full-time unless there was at least the potential for some slippage.
On that note, if Toyota had kept the AWD/4WD system that was in the 2003 thru 2009, there wouldn't be the binding in 4H unlocked. But the new for 2010 deletion of the unlocked on lower end models can cause binding. Still, I believe it is a great 4WD, but some of us who were looking forward to the 2010 after owning the previous gen sure are disappointed. This will probably put me in a Sequoia.
The nicest thing about the 4H unlocked was the front end would hook up before you found yourself in danger. In fact early on many folks found themselves stuck, and for whatever reason the electronic 4WD wouldn't engage unless the vehicle was moving. So we left it in 4H unlocked all the time and never had the problem of getting stuck again.
Hopefully the 2010 4H engages quicker than the last gen which took awhile, at least the early ones did. Still no outside heated mirrors available on the 2010 SR5, as well as no V8, no LED's. And the window switches....what's that about? For me the takeaways outweigh the improvements. But for those of you getting a 2010, enjoy it. The V6 is as good as ever, the transmission silky smooth, and the drivetrain won't break.
One of these days I hope Toyota lets us build our vehicles so we can option them the way we'd like them, and hopefully a gear driven limited slip versus an electronic limited slip becomes available on all models.
#591 of 769 Re: Good Road Test of the 2010 4Runner [canddmeyer]
Jan 30, 2010 (4:54 pm)
I have heated mirrors on my 2010 SR5. That said, there are always other reasons to buy or not buy a truck.
Jan 31, 2010 (1:12 pm)
What is everyone's take on no V-8 offered in the 2010's. I now have a 05' Sport with a V-8. It was bought to tow my 24" RV trailer. ( 4500 lbs. ) In the city (not towing) I get 17 MPG. On the freeway (Not towing) I get 22-23 MPG at which I keep it under 60 - 65 for the best gas milage. I'm very happy with those numbers. She will getty-up-&-go if pushed, but the MPG goes south... Looks like the 10's are a little heavier with only a 4 or V-6 offered. Towing cap. went from the 7200 lb range for the V-8's to 5000 lb. for the 10' V-6. OUCH.....
#593 of 769 Re: No V-8 offered [superslif]
Jan 31, 2010 (5:06 pm)
I have the same vehicle and about the same size trailer. I am really amazed with every car I have owned, when people post their mpg on the internet. First of all, if your going by the dashboard computer, it's about 10% overly optimistic.
I get no more than 15 city, (usually 14 is more like it) and never more than 21 on the highway.(Usually closer to 20).
That being said, as far as the 2010s are concerned, there is room underneath the hood for the V8. I think most auto makers are going for the "corporate average fuel economy standards" mandated by the gov't and that is what is causing the moves towards smaller motors.
The only viable SUV with a big enough motor will be either the Ford Expedition or Chevy Suburban. The Expedition is probably the best alternate choice.
#595 of 769 Latest Toyota Technology on Lexus GX460 not 4 runner
Jan 31, 2010 (6:19 pm)
Toyota elected to offer 4-runner customers older technology for 2010 and put all the goodies on the Lexus GX460. Both the exact same frame, but the GX has the v8, 6 spd tranny, KDSS, led tail lights, HID headlight option, locking gas cap, etc. Of course there is a price to be paid, along with alot of luxury stuff many of us don't want. While I may complain, I am still considering the 4-runner simply because of price and I don't need all the luxury stuff that wastes space and payload. But I wish that Toyota would offer a SUV with just the core good stuff and not all the frills like the "tailgate option and sliding cargo floor."
#596 of 769 Re: Latest Toyota Technology on Lexus GX460 not 4 runner [tangman]
Jan 31, 2010 (8:37 pm)
You may have seen my previous posting complaining about the same issue.
I live in Canada and this is NOT an inexpensive truck. The MSP for trail on the road is over 50k. Now really how much does it cost to put in the 6 speed tranny? I beat it also gets a better fuel mileage which would have been good for their sales. You may have also noticed that 2010 4Runner fender glares are not fitted with rubber to the body (unlike all other older models). This allows for collection of salt in the winter, not to mention looking cheap.
#597 of 769 4Runner is not in the recall list?
Feb 02, 2010 (7:36 pm)
Tundra and Sequoia are both in the recall list. 4Runner is free of trouble?
#598 of 769 Re: 4Runner is not in the recall list? [aamixy]
Feb 02, 2010 (8:26 pm)
I predict sometime this year, the 4th generation 4Runner will be recalled for the same part retrofit.
They just want to get the ones with "problems" done first.
The number of 4Runners sold compared to their "volume movers" such as Camrys and Corollas, are very, very small.
#599 of 769 Re: 4Runner is not in the recall list? [aamixy]
Feb 02, 2010 (9:17 pm)
Yep, no 4Runner, no Land Cruiser on the recall list thus far. Can't say why exactly, but could be engineered differently, and there's been no incidents reported. Might be coincidence, but aren't these two models made exclusively in Japan?