2016 Toyota 4Runner Overview
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is designed to give you extreme off-road capabilities in a spacious SUV that doesn’t break the bank. Between the normal trims levels and the TRD Pro version, you can get off-road with ease and enjoy excellent manners on the road. The 4Runner also has the latest technology, safety, and other features, just like you would expect from any other Toyota.
The exterior of the 4Runner will depend somewhat on the trim level that you choose, with each model adding more to the SUV’s style. The SR5 trim sticks to the basics with the iconic Toyota 4Runner stance that has made this SUV popular for years. LED taillights make your position on the road obvious and create a distinctive look that is sure to turn heads. Projector-beam headlights create a beam with a higher focus for a stronger appearance while the smoked trim enhances their boldness. They even have daytime running lights so you are always visible. The Limited has a unique front-end design, chrome-accented front grille, and chrome door handles to stand out with an upscale vibe. The 4Runner Trail is recognizable with its signature hood scoop and the contrasting silver panel on the bumpers. For an extra dose of style, opt for the 4Runner TRD Pro with its unique badging, 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, and bold front grille. There are also unique wheels across the lineup with 17-inch 6-spoke alloys on the SR5, 17-inch 7-spoke alloys on the Trail, and 20-inch split 6-spoke ones on the Limited.
The interior of the 2016 4Runner has a high-quality feel with its standard touchscreen and available Optitron instrumentation so the gauges are easy to see at any time. Depending on the trim you choose, you will get premium SofTex upholstery or perforated leather. Some trims even have red stitching on the seats for an added touch. Every 4Runner has 8-way power adjustment for the driver along with power lumbar support. Higher trims add heated front seats and 4-way power adjustment for the front passenger. You can even get ventilated front seats, and the driver’s seat memory makes sharing this capable Toyota SUV a breeze. For extra luxury, wrap the shift knob and steering wheel in leather. Since drivers of the Toyota 4Runner love taking in nature, you can opt for a power moonroof that tilts and slides so you can admire nature without leaving your vehicle.
The interior of the 4Runner is made for versatility with a fold-flat 40/20/40 second row and available third-row seating. Folding down the rear seat or seats gives you up to 88 cubic feet for cargo. Depending on the 4Runner you opt for, you can get a sliding rear cargo deck that supports as much as 440 pounds so you can easily load and unload the area. The 4Runner is also the only SUV in the class with rear power glass. The available Smart Key System features push-button start and is highly convenient.
Every single 2016 Toyota 4Runner has the latest Toyota technology, including Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation. This system lets you use the Scout GPS Link App for connected navigation. It also gives you a 6.1-inch touchscreen, inputs for auxiliary audio and USB, eight speakers, Bluetooth phone and audio, Siri Eyes Free, satellite and HD radio, and a backup camera. You can also opt for a 4Runner with the Entune App Suite for access to Pandora, Yelp, iHeartRadio, Facebook Places, Slacker Radio, and more. There is also an available integrated navigation system with HD predictive traffic plus Doppler weather overlay, and you can listen to music on an available 15-speaker JBL sound system.
Performance and Capabilities
The standard engine in the Toyota 4Runner is a 4-liter V6 that generates 270 horsepower along with 278 pound-feet of torque so you are never lacking power on the road or off the road. The 4Runner can tow as much as 5,000 pounds so you can take everything you need with you, even when going off-road. You can configure your 4Runner with rear-wheel drive or one of two 4-wheel drive systems, a part-time system with Active Traction Control or a full-time system that has a Torsen limited-slip center differential and Active Traction Control. The Crawl Control and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System work together to optimize traction on even the most uneven terrain. The electronically controlled locking rear differential distributes power to your rear wheels evenly so they always move together whether they are both on the ground.
Since the 4Runner is made for adventure, it comes standard with Hill Start Assist Control so it doesn’t roll backward when you go from the brake to the accelerator on an incline. You can also add Downhill Assist Control to apply brakes selectively so you maintain your controlled speed on a slippery or steep descent. The 4Runner’s ventilated disc brakes ensure the brakes stay cool and functional in all situations. There are also skid plates underneath the 4Runner to protect the fuel tank, front suspension, and engine, as well as the transfer case for 4-wheel-drive models. The standard full-size spare gives you peace of mind on rocky terrain. The Multi-Terrain Select system is perfect for off-roading since it lets you choose from four different modes, each of which regulates wheel spin through adjustments to the traction control and engine throttle setting with the goal of maximizing traction.
TRD Pro Performance
Those who plan to spend a lot of time off-road in their 2016 Toyota 4Runner will want to consider the TRD Pro trim with its performance-enhancing features. This model comes with oversized TRD Bilstein high-performance shocks featuring rear remote reservoirs plus TRD-tuned springs so you can get over tough terrain. The one-quarter-inch aluminum skid plate protects the most important components of this SUV, as well.
Active front head restraints help reduce the risk of neck injuries in the case of certain collisions. In addition to this and a rearview camera, the 4Runner comes standard with the Star Safety System, a tire pressure monitor system, eight airbags, and side-impact door beams. You can also add Safety Connect telematics so you always have access to emergency services with the touch of a button.
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