Toyota updates the 4Runner the 2013 model year

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 17, 2012

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner will only be slightly modified and will be offered in three trim levels -- SR5, Limited, and Trail (for off-road use). The model started selling 28 years ago and is one of the few fully capable SUVs that remain in its segment. It has a rugged body-on frame construction but it also gets suspension technology that makes it a comfortable ride, the same as that of a standard passenger vehicle.

Third-row seating will be optional for all 2013 models, accommodating seven passengers. All 4Runner models will be equipped with a 4.0-liter V6, which produces 270 hp.

It is offered in rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive and full-time multi-mode four-wheel drive configurations. This engine is coupled to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission, while the SR5 model will receive a switch-type control for its transfer case, the replacement for the 2012 model’s lever setup.

The Limited model will get an X-REAS suspension system, a boost in performance, comfort and control. When the car is being driven on bumpy surfaces and cornering, the damping force is instantly adjusted by the X-REAS system. In addition, the Limited has the full-time, four-wheel drive system with a locking center differential and a three-mode, center console-mounted switch.

With regards to the Trail grade, the automaker provides Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) as an option. Toyota said that KDSS enhances its terrain-following ability by dynamically disconnecting stabilizer bars to lead to more axle travel, and improved suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain.

What’s offered as standard on the Trail grade is Toyota’s Crawl Control that contributes in the maintenance of the right speed so that the vehicle stays under control, minimizing load on its drivetrain and suspension parts. The Trail model is also available with the Multi-Terrain option.

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