The Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle, now in its 27th year, will feature audio and connectivity upgrades and automatic running board and will be priced from $31,090 to $40,630 in 2012 editions.
The base MSRP for the 2012 4Runner SR5 models are $31,090 for the 4×2 and $32,830 for the 4×4, an increase of $785, or 2.6 percent for 4×2 and 2.5 percent for 4×4. The base MSRP for the 4Runner 4×4 Trail grade is $36,755, reflecting an increase of $200, or 0.5 percent. Prices for the premium Limited models are $38,595 for the 4×2 and $40,630 for the 4×4, an increase of $195, or 0.5 percent.
The 4Runner SR5 models now come with standard SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio capability with a 90-day trial subscription included, USB port with iPod connectivity, and hands-free phone capability with music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel audio controls and a shark fin antenna.
Standard for the Limited grade, and optional for all other 4Runner models, a new Display Audio System, with a 6.1-inch screen, incorporates some of today’s most in-demand connectivity features including navigation, Toyota Entune services, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with 90-day trial subscription), HD Radio with iTunes tagging and text/e-mail-to-speech.
The 2012 4Runner is available in a variety of configurations and in three models: SR5, Limited and Trail grade for maximum off-road capability. Optional third-row seats allow for up to seven passengers.
Drivetrain configurations include rear wheel 4×2, part-time 4×4 and full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking center differential. All models are equipped with a 4.0-liter 270-horsepower V6 teamed to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, with 4Runner’s standard integrated tow hitch receiver and wiring harness.
Standard on all 4Runner models is the Toyota Star Safety System, which includes the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) and Smart Stop Technology.
The 2012 4Runner will begin arriving at Toyota dealerships in late October 2011.
Article Last Updated: October 14, 2011.
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