Search results for: “5th gen 4runner”


  • Project Update: 5th gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

    Project Update: 5th gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

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    Recently we established that this is no longer Hooniverse but rather 4Runnerverse. Now it’s time to check in on one of my very own Toyota 4x4s. Nine months ago I picked up a 5th gen 4Runner to serve as an all-purpose vehicle. Needing something that could do everything from daily duty to beach trips and everything […]


  • Comparison: 4th gen and 5th gen Toyota 4Runners

    Comparison: 4th gen and 5th gen Toyota 4Runners

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    Since its introduction in 1984 the Toyota 4Runner has become a forever player in the off-road capable, street-friendly SUV segment. Now deep into its fifth generation, the venerable 4×4 is still posting strong sales numbers. But prior generation trucks are holding up well, and the options for a reliable, comfortable, trail-happy rig are more than […]


  • Project Introduction: My new 5th-gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

    Project Introduction: My new 5th-gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

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    Things didn’t exactly go as planned last summer. The Grand Sport debacle backfired entirely and I found myself amidst a full-blown conundrum of needing a daily-driver that aligned with my primary hobbies of exploring, hiking, and off-roading. For a change my brain said “buy something normal” and, for the first time, my heart agreed. It was […]


  • 2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited V8 4WD: Introduction

    2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited V8 4WD: Introduction

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    Here’s my newest acquisition: a 2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited in Titanium Metallic, with the 4.7L V8 and 4WD. I’ve been joking about what to name it, and the official name is TBD, but I really wanted to name it Britney because, well, oops… I did it again. Or “T-3PO,” aka “The Millennium Falcon.” There are […]


  • The 2021 4Runner Trail Edition isn’t what it should be

    The 2021 4Runner Trail Edition isn’t what it should be

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    I love you, Toyota. I really, really do. I love the Tacoma. I love the Supra, in all of its iterations. And I especially love the 4Runner. But I don’t love the new Trail Edition Package. It shouldn’t be called Trail, it should be called Campsite. I get why you did it, Toyota, I really […]


  • Do modifications increase the value of a Toyota 4Runner?

    Do modifications increase the value of a Toyota 4Runner?

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    Let’s be clear from the start: I’m a die-hard fan of the Toyota 4Runner. I have owned a 4th gen and a 5th gen and will inevitably own another in the future. From daily driver to weekend wheeling companion, the 4Runner works shockingly well in every conceivable usage. For many events in my life, including some […]


  • 2018 4Runner conclusion: Life changes but I’ll always love the 4Runner

    2018 4Runner conclusion: Life changes but I’ll always love the 4Runner

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    What are some of the most stressful events and changes in life? Getting married. Moving. Changing jobs. Most people don’t do more than two of those in a year. I’ve done all three April. And apparently that wasn’t enough so I went through another stressful process and sold all of my vehicles. First to go […]


  • Last Call: 4Runnerverse

    Last Call: 4Runnerverse

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    The Toyota 4Runner is a wildly popular vehicle in the off-road and overland communities. And it turns out it’s extremely popular here at Hooniverse as well. Here’s the current tally: Myself: White 4th gen “The Stormtrooper,” gray 5th gen TRD Off Road Kamil Kaluski: Gray 5th gen Limited; red 5th gen TRD Off Road press tester Jeff […]


  • Dealers adjusting prices on 2019 4Runner and Tacoma TRD Pro models

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    Looking to get yourself a new 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro or 4Runner TRD Pro? Pick your dealer wisely. People on Toyota message boards have been posting pictures of dealer-adjusted prices on some new 2019 TRD Pro models.  Seriously, screw those dealers. Walk away and share your experiences on social media. Then either find a different […]


  • Leap of Faith: The Stormtrooper 4Runner Canadian Retrieval Mission

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    Sometimes you do crazy things when the juice looks like it will be worth the squeeze. Six months ago my best friend and I drove to the Great White North to buy a twelve-year-old Toyota. It was one of our best adventures yet. This is the story. Off-roading has been a constant in my life. […]