Continuing on our car hunt, the next vehicle in line is the 2017 Toyota 4Runner. If you have missed out on my last posts go here and here to catch up. Once again, here are the items on my list of must haves. I’m looking for a comfy bench 2nd row or a third row with captains chair, leather seats, and a reverse camera.
The Toyota 4Runner is no foe to the SUV market as they’ve been on the market for many years. The 4Runner comes in a variety of models but the best part is they all pack 270hp with a v6 engine. With 2017 being the first year Toyota introduced the TRD Pro model, the 4Runner is one of the few body-on-frame midsize SUVs available in the U.S. market.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner
I’ve always been a fan of how 4Runners look on the outside, however, I have never ridden or driven one before so I was pretty excited to get this baby out of the road. Newsflash. I totally thought the 4Runner was going to have more of an SUV vibe to it when I took it for a spin so I was surprised when it felt more like a truck.
I wasn’t comfortable taking a loaner vehicle off-roading for obvious reasons but feeling how well the 4Runner handled daily bumps and humps in the road, I’m confident this baby could handle the Arizona mountain ranges with ease.
At first, it seemed as though the options contradicted what you would expect in this vehicle. For instance, it had leather seats but cloth floor mats. Simple knobs on the dash but a nice digital interface. These turned out to be features that I didn’t care about in the long run but they did stick out initially.
The main feature that was a huge selling point for me was the space in the backseat. You could fit any size car seat comfortably front to back or side by side. Though I was more set on having a third row, the spaciousness of the second-row bench really won me over.
Would I Buy the 2017 Toyota 4Runner?
To be honest, I didn’t like it at all the first day I drove it. Then slowly but surely, the more I drove it, the more it grew on me until I fell in love. I have loved all of the cars I’ve driven thus far but the Toyota 4Runner has stolen my heart and has ranked up there with the Toyota Highlander. I would opt for a third row versus the cargo space that this model had, snag some all weather floor mats, and I would be a happy camper.