Toyota 4-Runner celebrates 40th anniversary

The 40th Anniversary Toyota 4Runner arrived perfectly last week for the windy snowstorm and slick neighborhood streets.   The anniversary model is a bright “Barcelona Red” with metallic paint and red striping. The interior boast black “Softex  heated and cooled seats.  The rear seats fold down to provide 8.8 cubic ft. of storage or seating for third row  passengers.

The Anniversary edition celebrates 40 years of success of this popular off-road all-wheel drive sports vehicle. 

A 4.0/V6 engine produces 270 horsepower linked to a five-speed versatile transmission.  A new feature adapts a special “Crawl Control” for rugged off-road terrain that allows for  lower speeds.  Along with the creep feature is kinetic suspension that can decouple the rear suspension allowing for more twists and obstacles over rugged terrain.  The body on frame design of the 4Runner makes for a sturdy frame for tough outdoor drives.  The anniversary model features 17” bronze all-weather tires.

The V6 engine works well with the five-speed transmission and a quick shift from drive to “S” locks in any of the five manual gears.   A twist of a dial can move from 2-wheel to 4-wheel instantly.

The 4Runner is manufactured in Tahara, Aichi, Japan and has a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $46,370 that includes many options.  Exterior extras included are the sliding rear window, front skid plates, and a full-size spare tire.  The interior has a premium audio system with 8-speakers and a touch 8” inch color screen.   

The anniversary edition has bronze-color stitched seats and shift knobs, 40th anniversary liftgate and dash badging depicting the model number.  

The 4Runner has the full Toyota Safety Sense safety program that includes pre-collision and pedestrian detection and the Star Safety System  with blind spot monitoring.

While not a hotrod, the 4Runner can reach 60 mph. in 7.3 seconds.  Mountain driving can be assisted by downshifting to a lower gear giving additional acceleration on steeper highway terrain.

Above all, the 4Runner is nimble, each to drive on both city and mountain highways, and compact enough to find a parking spot. This is a very versatile and popular recreational vehicle that can be used  for work or play.  The anniversary edition will be a collector’s favorite and will sell out fast.