Kelley Blue Book Pays Tribute to Body-on-Frame Tradition in the New 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Calling the mid-size SUV "rugged, reliable, and highly valued" in a recent professional review, the research and valuation experts went on to applaud the latest Toyota 4Runner as a competitive alternative to rivals like Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and GMC Acadia, "none of [which] can venture to the off-road destinations a 4Runner can access."

We at Jones Toyota can certainly see why they appreciate it. In trims spanning the gamut from SR5 and SR5 Premium to the luxurious Limited and hard-wearing TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, and TRD Pro Series, there's plenty to love in the alternative to the everyday all-terrain SUV. The 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V6 engine can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the pulling power of 278 pound-feet of torque. That's at a low 4,400 rpm, too, meaning less wear and tear on the engine and greater longevity. EPA-estimated city and highway fuel economy -- 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg down the highway in 2WD and 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway in available 4WD -- is respectable, too, and as standard and optional features go, 2018 4Runner is loaded with all an orienteer could hope to find.

Standards include:

  • Entune Audio Plus infotainment with a Connected Navigation app and Siri Eyes Free support
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming tech
  • A rearview camera
  • Eight-way-power driver's seating
  • In TRD models, four-wheel drive, a locking rear differential, water-resistant fabric seating, and a multi-terrain select system with crawl control
  • In Limited trims, leather-trimmed seats that come heated and ventilated in front, a dual-zone climate control system, 15-speaker JBL audio, standard navigation, a moonroof, an X-REAS automatically adjusting suspension, and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Options, depending on your trim choice, include:

  • Third-row seating
  • 4WD
  • Entune premium audio infotainment with integrated navigation
  • A sliding rear cargo deck
  • in TRD Off-Road trims, a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which can detach the stabilizers to enable wider axle travel for surmounting the toughest terrain
  • And much more

Brand-new for the 2018 model year are a few exciting packages to boot. One's a Wilderness package, bringing roof-rack crossbars, an all-weather floor mat setup, and a cargo tray along for the ride, while another is a TRD Enhancement package, which adds sizable 17-inch off-road wheels and a brawny aluminum front skid plate. KBB even had a few favorites in the mix. Among them, a power-retractable rear liftgate window for easier loading and improved visibility when needed. The second, the host of TRD Pro Series equipment, ranging from Nitto Terra Grappler tires and Bilstein custom off-road shocks to more skid plating, ideal for "tackling most off-road obstacles.

Eager to find a few of your own adventures behind the wheel of a new 2018 Toyota 4Runner? Contact Jones Toyota at (443) 686-7130 or visit our showroom at 1508 Belair Road in Bel Air, MD, and we'll set you up for some time in the driver's seat. We're conveniently located in the greater Baltimore area, just a short drive from Cockeysville, nearby Lutherville-Timonium, and the Parkville, MD neighborhood!

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