The rugged body-on-frame 2016 Toyota 4Runner Sports Utility Vehicle returns with improved off-road capability than most vehicles in its segment. Some of the highlights to expect from the invigorated vehicle include optional third row of seat, outstanding off-road capability, ample cargo capacity, and a robust V6 engine. The release date of the vehicle hasn’t been announced yet but expect the vehicle to debut before the end of this year.

Novelties for 2016 year include increased towing capacity, upgraded audio system, and a cell phone navigation system. Off road ready and rowdy SUVs characterized by lousy fuel economy and rough rides were once popular but shoppers soon realized that they were not suited for daily commuting.

Presently, only a few of the SUVs offer body-on-frame contrition and majority lack the truck based ruggedness. Fortunately, though, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner comes with a serious off-road capability available with three-row seating, reliability, and a spacious cargo room. It stays true to its hairy-chested crossover with the no-nonsense character despite lacking impressive fuel efficiency and ride comfort.

The segment offers plenty of alternatives which offer equal or superior features than what the 4Runner can offer. Some of them include the Dodge Durango, the “A” rated Toyota Highlander for 2016, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Cherokee stands out among them all due to its several engine options, competitive off-road performance, and a more robust towing capacity.

2016 Toyota 4Runner Exterior Changes & Interior Updates

The mid-size 2016 Toyota 4Runner Sports Utility Vehicle comes in a whopping four trims ranging from the base SR5 to the top-of-the-line Limited trim. You should expect further subdivisions for the base SR5 and Trail.

The standard 2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 comes fitted with LED taillights, power lumbar adjustments, cell phone navigation, USB/iPod audio interface, 6.1” touchscreen interface, cloth upholstery, exterior heated mirrors, hill start assist, 17” alloy wheels, roof rails, skid plates, 40/20/40-split folding and reclining aft seats, air conditioning, a rearview camera, a tow hitch, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, satellite radio, CD player, air conditioning, a windshield wiper, leather wrapped steering wheel, exterior heated mirrors, mud guards, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, cruise control, and a power liftgate.

2016 Toyota 4Runner  rear

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium bundles smartphone app integration, silver exterior trim accents, a hood scoop, 17” wheels, a locking rear differential, crawl control, and silver exterior trim accents.

The Trail are eligible for the KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), which disconnects the SUV’s stabilizer bars in order to improve the suspension articulation in low speed off-road situations.

The TRD Pro comes fitted with almost all of the Trail Premium features plus 17” wheels, automatic headlights, a unique black front grille, aesthetic upgrades, special off-road tires, Bilstein shocks, and a higher ride height.

2016 Toyota 4Runner  side

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited offers most of the Trail’s premium features plus 20” alloy wheels, Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, rear and front parking sensors, perforated front seats, and adaptive roll-reducing dampers.

Most of the top-notch standard amenities are available as options on the entry level variants, however, their availability can alter depending on the exact region you live in the United States. Stand-alone options include a sliding rear cargo floor, fixed running boards, roof rack crossbars, and an automatic retracting/deploying running boards.

2016 Toyota 4Runner interior

2016 Toyota 4Runner inside seats

2016 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specs

The vehicle comes with a 4.0L V6 good for 270 hp and 278 pounds of torque. The sole transmission system is the 5-speed auto, while the SR5 and the Limited can be had with the either the RWD or the AWD system.

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited rear-wheel-drive and the SR5 rear-wheel-drive can tow up to 5,000lbs when properly equipped, while the 4WD Limited model has an estimated 4,700 towing capacity.

2016 Toyota 4Runner grille

In our own test drive of the all-wheel-drive 2016 Toyota 4Runner, the vehicle accelerated to 60 mph from standstill in 7.8 seconds.

As per the EPA ratings, the fuel economy stands at 17/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the rear-wheel-drive and 17/21/18 mpg for the all-wheel-drive 4Runners.

Some of the safety features to expect include traction control, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, full length side curtain airbags, and stability control.

2016 Toyota 4Runner steering wheel

Date of Release & Price – 2016 Toyota 4Runner

We should expect the new and revamped Toyota 4Runner for 2016 sometime before this fall. The base SR5, according to the official price catalogue, should go for sale with an MSRP starting from $33,510, and $41,825 for the top-of-the-line 2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited trim.

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