Few SUVs have the level of name recognition that the Toyota 4Runner enjoys. Launched in 1984, the 4Runner has always been Toyota's smaller and more affordable complement to the legendary Land Cruiser. Even though the first 4Runner was little more than Toyota's compact two-door pickup with a removable top, it was nonetheless rugged and tough. Over time, the 4Runner has earned its own reputation as a durable vehicle -- off-road and on.
During the SUV-crazy '90s, Toyota introduced more models, which allowed the company to move the 4Runner up a few notches in size, accoutrements and price. In reviews, we've been pleased with the Toyota 4Runner's excellent off-road ability and strong engine. It's also useful for carrying people and cargo thanks to its available third-row seat and expansive cargo space.The 4Runner continues to be a top choice for a dependable midsize SUV that's comfortable, yet rugged enough for recreational off-road use.