The 2008 Toyota 4Runner works as a solid and rugged SUV, but the attempt to tech it up with an integrated portable navigation device is a kludge. The idea isn't bad, though, and we would like to see the next version of this system.
Toyota's 4Runner, the younger brother to the Land Cruiser, is a rugged off-roader, available with two different engines, four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive, and three different trim levels. This one is the Sport trim level.
The 4Runner has an aggressive-looking hood scoop, similar to the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, not a surprise as these vehicles share the same platform. The 4Runner has skid plates to protect its underside in off-road conditions.
To smooth out the ride, Toyota offers suspension technology called X-REAS, which links the shocks diagonally, adjusting pressure on the right front when the left rear is compressed, for example. This reduces body roll and leads to a fairly comfortable ride for normal road driving.