2014 Toyota 4Runner Is Rugged This, Rugged That...

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The 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a bit confusing if you ask us. It’s hard to predict what will happen with this mid-size SUV once it hits US dealerships, but the automaker seems very concerned about its ruggedness. Not just as a vehicle, but as an entity...
According to Toyota, the new 4Runner is for “off-roading enthusiasts seeking an SUV with rugged, go-anywhere capability”. It sports a rugged body-on-frame construction and a rugged new exterior design with a redesigned front fascia that conveys a more rugged and aggressive appearance. My god, the 2014 4Runner has a beard! And for all we know, it might be chewing tobacco as well!

Wait a second, the company says something about a refined interior with standard Soft Touch door trim as well as leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Well, that can’t be bad. Add more leg room and more standard features and the 2014 4Runner could have that warm mushy feeling.

Moving on to its engine (yeah, rugged SUVs don’t need a whole bunch of them), the new 4Runner puts 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque at the disposal of its driver thanks to a 4.0-liter V6 mill and a five-speed automatic transmission. Now that fuel economy features have been released, we do know the 4x2 version will return 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg city, while the 4x4 will be good for 22 mpg highway and 17 mpg city.

There’s more info in the press release attached below, but we suggest you proceed with caution.

Editor's note: Jokes aside, this is what an SUV needs to be!
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