2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review – The sturdy Toyota 4Runner is built for durability and all-terrain capability. Using rugged body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner is intended to be a tough and reliable sport utility for the more adventurous owner. In 2014 the 4Runner got a new nose and body parts, along with upgrades to cabin trim and infotainment. The 2015 changes are few, except for the addition with much fanfare of the TRD Pro model that Toyota says is aimed squarely at extreme offroading enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit. We didn’t push the TRD Pro to the limit, but we did get some seat time in a Pacific Northwest forest. The 4×4 TRD Pro ($41,310) comes with fat Bilstein dampers with remote reservoirs, a big black grille, 17 black alloy wheels, 31.5-inch-tall tires called Terra Grappler, a vented aluminum front skid plate, black fabric seats with red stitching, TRD floor mats and shift knob, and TRD badging outside (black) and inside. It comes in black, white, or a new burnt orange color called Inferno.  If you don’t tow and don’t need serious four-wheel drive, just all-wheel drive for snow and ice, Toyota’s Venza or Highlander might fit better. The Highlander offers similar room and fuel mileage but is quicker and rides better. And Also 2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Release Date Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, UK, Qatar, UAE, Philippines, Malaysia

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Lines Up

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium is available in SR5, SR5 Premium and Limited with two or four driven wheels, and Trail and Trail Premium are 4WD only. SR5 and Trail 4WD use a part-time four-wheel-drive system. Limited uses a full-time, no low-range multi-mode all-wheel-drive system. SR5 and Limited offer a third row for seven-passenger seating. A 4.0-liter V6 and 5-speed automatic are standard across the range.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Pro ($41,310) is Baja offroad ready, see its equipment above.  The SR5 ($33,210 with 2WD, $35,085 with 4WD) comes with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar, four-way passenger seat, sliding/reclining second-row seats split 40/20/40, Entune Plus audio system (AM/FM/CD/MP3, eight speakers, SiriusXM, USB port with iPod connection, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth), tilt/telescoping steering wheel, electroluminescent instrumentation, cruise control, 10 cupholders, multi-information display with compass, rearview camera, power windows including tailgate, power locks, remote keyless entry, three 12V power outlets, auto-off headlights, fog lights, color-keyed fenders and bumpers, spoiler, exterior puddle lamps, 265/70R17 tires on alloy wheels (steel full-size spare), tow hitch, and skid plates.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Changes

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium interior was designed to be practical and utilitarian. The cabin is trimmed in textured materials appropriate for a vehicle likely to carry dirty boots, dogs and kids. The Limited model achieves those things while lolling in the lap of luxury, namely leather including the third row for kids.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Interior

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium front seats are comfortable and supportive, with good adjustability working in concert with the tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The seats wide enough for an average body, with low bolsters on the seat cushion and taller side bolstering on the seat back that provides support on winding roads without making the driver’s seat hard to get into.Two fabrics are offered, in addition to leather.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Second-row 60/40 seats have a comfortable recline and fold flat. If you order the 50/50 folding third-row seats the second row slides forward to ease rear access. Neither rear access nor second and third-row room matches three-row crossovers, many of which are larger outside, nor the Durango. The two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, the shorter Nissan Xterra, and the creative Jeep Wrangler Unlimited have more second-row head and legroom, but the 4Runner has more cargo space (about 90 cubic feet behind front seats and 46 behind the second row).

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Engine

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4-liter V6 engine makes 270 horsepower with 278 lb-ft of torque, about what most V6 pickups come with. It’s coupled to a five-speed automatic that shifts quick and clean, rather than imperceptible like a gentrified SUV. It takes more than eight seconds to accelerate to 60 mph, not great but quick enough. Hills might cause a downshift out of the overdrive that’s fifth gear. It’s EPA rated 17 city and 23 highway miles per gallon, not very impressive because it can’t escape being a heavy vehicle with big tires.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Specs

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Price

If you want a V8 in the Toyota family, there is the like-sized Lexus GX460 or the bigger Toyota Sequoia or Land Cruiser, all costing significantly more.  The ride in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium isn’t as smooth as that of a crossover. That’s because of its body-on-frame construction, making it a real truck under the skin. For that slightly rugged ride you get rugged durable parts. The SR5 has tall tire sidewalls to cushion the ride some, and the Limited uses 20-inch lower-profile tires.  Each model has different ride and handling characteristics, but all are relatively quiet thanks to engineering efforts to isolate road noise. The brakes are big vented discs with good feel and consistent progression; but again, a lot depends on the tires. For example, the TRD Pro’s Nitto Terra Grabber tires were meant to grab dirt, not asphalt.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Redesign

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium steers deliberately, although with an easy steering effort, and it turns a fairly tight U-turn. It uses a variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion system with a variable-ratio steering rack. This adjusts hydraulic assist based on conditions, and the rack has a different tooth arrangement at the ends so the wheels change direction faster the further they are turned.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium models benefit from the big tire sidewalls on slightly wider wheels. They’re also available with KDSS, or Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. The KDSS uses much thicker antiroll bars, fattened in front to 1.68 inches from 1.18 inches, and in the rear to 1.18 inches from 0.79 inches. That gives the Trail better roll control and limits side-to-side movement and weight transfer on the road; these bars disconnect on the trail allowing each wheel maximum articulation.

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Price And Release Date

2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium (2WD ($33,210, 4WD $35,085); SR5 Premium (2wd $35,950, 4WD $37,825); Trail (4WD $36,115); Trail Premium (4WD $38,885); Limited (2WD $41,585, AWD $43,620), TRD Pro ($41,310).