Toyota increases the price of 2012 4Runner SUV range

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 17, 2011

Toyota has announced the pricing of its 2012 4Runner SUV range. The models are more expensive but they come with added standard audio and connectivity features. Delivery costs are included in the prices, which range from $31,875 to $41,440. The following features will now be offered as standard on the SR5 models: a 90-day trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, hands-free phone capability, a USB port with iPod connectivity, and music streaming with Bluetooth wireless technology.

An SR5 in two-wheel drive has a starting price of $31,875 while the four-wheel drive starts from $33,640.

These prices are higher by $785 than the 2011 models. The limited models will have the following as standard: a display audio system, including a 6.1-inch screen that integrates connectivity features like navigation, a 90-day trial subscription of SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio with iTunes and text and e-mail-to-speech features.

More standard features for the limited models include Toyota Entune, an assortment of mobile applications and data services such as applications for Bing search engine, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. The starting price of limited models is at $39,405 for two-wheel drive while the four-wheel-drive starts at $41,440. Both prices are higher by $195 compared to the 2011 models.

The Trail model, which is offered exclusively with 4wd, is priced from $37,565. All 4Runner models offer these features as standard: the Toyota Star safety system, like antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, traction control and smart stop technology.

When it came to the design of the 4Runner, Toyota made sure to implement a strategy that would highlight the fact that it has a more powerful and rugged stance. The addition of the wheels and tires having a large diameter for example was done not only to enhance its off-road performance but also to improve its truck-based qualities. Toyota also ensured that the new design would incorporate its classic boxy form but would be mixed in with a contemporary style.

As such, all models of the 4Runner will have broader shoulders plus new bumpers that have a technical and newly-minted design quality. It also ensures better performance at night. This is also where the headlamps and taillight systems, both with new designs as well, will be positioned.

There is the square fender flares on its front end which combines neatly to deliver a more muscular profile and connects with the back door and the square rear bumper. While the front grille is already unique, the SR5 grade will put in overfenders, and even mudguards, thus ensuring that it will be able to face any off-road conditions or inclement weather head-on.

SR5 will come with the alloy 17-inch aluminum wheels, same with the Trail grade. The Limited grade however will have the 20-inch version plus a full-sized spare tire. Equipped as standard is a roof rack to allow equipment to be carried, especially for those outdoor activities. Speaking of the Trail grade, it is designed to ensure that off-road performance is optimized.

This is made possible by using exceptional departure and approach angles having higher ground clearance, and a wide range of functional improvements that even the most demanding of outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate.

Aside from the 17-inch wheels, the Trail can be differentiated from the other grades with the outer mirrors in black, the distinct hood scoop, and the bumper guards on the front and rear. For the Trail grade, both the headlamps and tail lamps have undergone the dark smoke treatment. For the SR5, and the Limited as well, both already have a muscular design but with the addition of special touches, result in them having a premium look.

Take the front end for instance. The front grille insert is plated with chrome and it is also here that one can see the front bumper molding and the fog lamp bezel. Its side skirts and the overfenders in the front and back have been color-keyed. Even the roof rack, side molding, and rear bumper all have chrome plating. In addition, the turn signals and the puddle lamps have been incorporated to the outside mirrors.

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