2003 TOYOTA 4RUNNER

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211,260 Miles
21,838
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 211260
Color: GRAY
Body Style: SUV
Trim Level: Limited Edition
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 8 Cyl
Drive Train: 4X4
Fuel: GAS
Location: Saint Cloud, MN
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Option & Equipment

Trailer Hitch
Leather Seats
Running Boards
Cargo Cover
Skid Plate
17 Inch Wheels
Limited Slip Differential
Locking Differential
Independent Suspension

Recalls & Defects

VIN JTEBT17R830013069 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

WHEELS

ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FIVE FACTORY ALLOY WHEELS (MODEL 6934 AND 6936), WITH FACTORY LLAT, AND WITH PORT INSTALLED WR4, FOUR ALLOY WHEEL UPGRADE PROCESSED AT THE JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA PORT AND DISTRIBUTED BY SOUTHEAST TOYOTA DISTRIBUTORS IN THE STATES OF ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA, WHEN THE VEHICLES WERE PROCESSED AT THE PORT, AN ALLOY TIRE/WHEEL UPGRADE WAS INSTALLED. THE UPGRADE INCLUDED 4 ALLOY WHEELS. THE ORIGINAL SPARE TIRE/ALLOY WHEEL WAS NOT CHANGED. THE SPARE TIRE REQUIRES THE USE OF A DIFFERENT STYLE OF WHEEL NUT TO ATTACH IT TO THE VEHICLE.


Information about Dealer

Not like other dealerships

5
Stress Free on 09/13/2015

Customer Service: 5.0 Buying Process: 5.0 Overall Facilities: 5.0

We went into Brandl a couple months ago to talk about the chances of getting financing on a vehicle right after filing for bankruptcy. We were expecting the typical eye roll and "good luck with that" attitude, but Troy had no judgment towards us at all and said he would help us find what we wanted and get us financing for it. We came back once we had the discharge papers and picked out a truck. They sent the file to the bank to get an idea of what type of financing we could get, unfortunately the bank said no on that particular truck but said they would approve something with less miles and around the same price. Brandl didn't have any trucks on their lot that met our needs, miles, & price so they went out and bought one from another dealership. They wanted to save our credit scores as much as possible and knew if we went somewhere else our score would drop even more. Jose honored the asking price advertised on the other dealership's website and worked his butt off to get the lowest payments possible. We never thought we could get approved for a nice, reliable truck so soon after filing bankruptcy. All of the guys at Brandl made the whole process easy and we will definitely be recommending them to our friends and family!

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
  Based on 367 reviews

Fun comfort

5
Eric on 06/22/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Strong vehicle.

My 2003 4Runner review

5
Gus Sr on 06/07/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Can't beat a Toyota for overall value.

Toy 4Runner sr5 4wd built to last

5
Jen k on 05/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Solid

5
ABennett on 12/24/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

166,000 miles and nothing has EVER gone wrong with the engine. All I have ever done is change the oil every 4,000 miles. Great car if it fits your needs.

230 thousand strong

5
viper driver on 12/24/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: Value Rating: 5

Great vehicle, the best I've owned in the past 32 years. I have the limited version. The all time 4WD (4 hi) is fantastic. Handles like a dream, have not been able to get it stuck yet (live in CA with frequent drives into OR and NV; avid skier in the Sierra Nevada's). Only issues are cosmetic; some of the backlighting behind the temperature controls has burned out, and there's a CD stuck in the CD player (with no way to get it out). Leather seats have held up well; but I'll need to have some stitching repaired on the driver's seat soon.

The Best SUV for the Money

4.6
dcross15 on 05/01/2015

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Our 4Runner was purchased with 25,000 miles in 2004. It now has 171,000 miles and has required no repairs, other then tires, belts, and brakes. It is a monster in the snow, on the beach, and is very capable off road. With the factory installed towing package it tows my lifted Jeep Cherokee with ease. The 4.7L and an amazing transmission seem to give the car more power the it needs. I enjoy the way this thing drives more then most new SUVs. It still receives many compliments and comes across as a luxury SUV. The front seats could be more comfortable, and the seating position in the front is awkward. These things hold their value extremely well, and are well worth the money.

BEST OF THE BEST

5
techman8 on 01/28/2015

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been a mechanic for almost a decade and my opinion of the 4th Generation 4runner is ..IF YOU HAVE ONE, KEEP IT. These things are incredibly well built. Toyota is know as the all-around most reliable brand amongst cars worldwide but little did I know that buying a used 4runner with 230,000 miles would of taught me a lesson in how a true SUV should be. It's rock solid body-on-frame design is top notch. I also average an awesome 19 mpg/city which is really good for a heavy SUV. It's got all the power you want and delivers a great package of both handling, style, and comfort. I'm currently at 367,000 miles worry-free.

Blown away by a used car

4.8
graves2014 on 07/16/2014

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I was a long time BMW owner. I've had at least 4 over the past two decades, but I really liked my friend's 4Runner. I couldn't afford a new one, so I looked for a used one. Not an easy task. There are just not that many for sale. I can see why. ...My 03 V8 4runner is faster than my BMW. It's still very sharp inside and out. The extra utility was such a bonus. 4 guys and our golf clubs..? No problem. It's a whole different dynamic. I love it. Even with a lot more miles than I was originally comfortable with purchasing, after taking to my mechanic. I have total confidence in it. It's just a quality SUV. I recommend one to anybody. Paddleboard next? why not

Great Quality Mid-size Truck

4.5
wheatonbama on 03/08/2014

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my 2003 4runner for 11 years now with 156,000 miles and only had one major mechanical problem, which was replacement of gas tank fuel lines. Other than routine maintenance and wear and tear, the truck is great. I get really good gas mileage on the highway between 23 and 25 mpg even driving 70 mph on the hwy. In some instances I can get 27 mpg just driving 55 mph on cruise control. Hope to keep it for 300k and another 10 or 11 years. Oh yeah I use synthetic oil.

By far, this is the best SUV ever built.

5
spacecowgirl on 01/29/2014

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating: 19

About to turn 170,000 miles and still going strong. The only issue we've had is with the catalytic converter but otherwise, it's been solid and reliable. It has started every time we turn the key. Everything in it still works as it should. It's hard to believe this is a 13+ year old car.

Best Car I've Ever Owned

4.6
abc66 on 01/03/2012

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

As others have opined as well, this is the best car I have ever owned as well. At over 203,000 miles, it still runs better than some other SUVs I've owned have at 50,000. Have had no mechanical issues, and have only performed routine maintenance. The Edmunds reviewer who placed the lack of a third row seat as a con is a fool. An SUV isn't a mini-van/people mover first. It is a utility vehicle first, and cargo capacity is a higher priority than carrying over 5 people! With the rear seats folded down, which they do completely, there is a ton of storage capacity in the 4Runner. Not sure what compact SUV he was comparing to, but I've never seen one that has half as much capacity.

Best vehicle I've ever owned

4.8
rufus42 on 12/10/2011

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought this vehicle new in 2003. It now has 120,000 miles. It has been fun and comfortable to drive. The mileage is 20 mph highway and 17-18 city. There was a rattle in the moon roof and a squeak in the left portion of the front bumper when it was new. Both were repaired under warranty. The front brakes pads and calipers were replaced at 102,000 miles. Replaced burned out brake lights and yellow front corner lights at about 100,000 miles. A dash light burned out at about 118,000. The dash light cost about $97 to replace since I had it done by my shop. Other than these relatively minor repairs, it has been just routine maintenance. I plan to keep this vehicle for another 120,000 or more.

BAD AC unit on this year 4runner

2.8
ballinfur on 08/28/2011

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

$3000.00 fix for parts and labor @ Toyota dealer to fix AC/Heat relay and blower related problem. Don't buy any 4runner from the late 90's to 03. Problems with AC unit, Heat, clutch relay, not cheap to fix at all. Problems are recurring too. 2004 and newer are fine. Other than those problems listed, this SUV would of been GREAT.

What a great vehicle!

4.8
Headshaker on 10/19/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I bought the v-8 primarily as her vehicle. Wow What a great car! Great in the snow, great all- wheel drive, great tow vehicle, and great kid hauler. My son finally talked my wife into selling it to him, so we've now bought a 2011 version. I hope it is as reliable, because we loved the 2003 model!

My 03 4runner

4.5
Corey on 04/11/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 2003 4runner in 2005, its one of the best cars I've every bought. The ride is very comfortable and smooth theirs a lot of room in the front seat same with the back seat, its very roomy. I bought the car with about 50,000 miles on it and now theirs 130,000 miles on it. I'm very happy with the gas millage, I get about 18.6 mpg. The only problems I've had was with the back window, it went down very slowly but has started working fine now, and the driver window makes a cracking noise when i put it down, also the left and right headlights have gone out three times on me since I've had it, but other then that the car runs perfectly! I hope to have this car another 130,000 miles!

Love it!

4.6
Jen on 12/08/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car w/121,000 miles on it - I use it basically for winter driving and to tow our boats, sea-doos etc. - I have a summer car - but you know what - I prefer an SUV. It now has 131,000 on it and I hope, hope, hope it lasts for 300,000 miles...!! :) V8 power is great, gas mileage, well its a v8, what can I say, but that's ok - I don't know about the snow yet, will be my first winter w/it but sure it will be just fine. - need to learn about downhill assist and vsc.

2003 SR5 4WD V6

4
Ed Rooney on 11/16/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car new in 2003 to be our family truckster. While it had a rattle here and there, it was always reliable and well-mannered on the road through 125,000 miles. Pretty early on in had an ABS problem, which was quickly fixed under warranty. No problems since. Good cargo space and lots of room for rear-passengers. I could just fit 2 kids in boosters and a grandmother in the backseat. I moved up to a BMW 5-series, and less than a month later I am considering moving back to a 4runner.

2003 4Runner after 6 years of ownership

3.5
Steve on 09/29/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

Overall I've liked the truck. I have close to 100K miles now and have taken good care of it. It still looks like a new truck when I get it all cleaned up which I think is due to the quality of paint and components used. I've been disappointed by the reliability. Among those things gone wrong are: AC compressor clutch relay, Heated mirrors don't work, Lights in several areas of the dash don't work, Front brake calipers froze up. Had to be replaced Transmission or rear end has a whine that I'm afraid is the beginning of a big bill. Would I buy again? Maybe, but I would want to look at other trucks first. The harsh ride of the vehicle tends to make those sitting in the rear get car sick.

Not bad for a Japanese car

4.4
ToyotaGuy on 08/20/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought one of the first 2003 4Runners, SR5 with V8, before the V6 became available. Main reason for the purchase was the great powerful V8 and silky smooth ride. I still like it, but wished I had waited a couple of years and bought a used one, since the value dropped so quickly. The car is so reliable and well built, even after almost 7 years it seems like new, so I think that picking up a decent pre-owned one seems a pretty safe bet. Anyway, the 4Runner is not for tall people and it is not the most spacious SUV out there. If you have a big family, I would go for it's big brother, the Sequioa, or the Honda Pilot, if you don't need the V8 power.

After 7 years, still strong!

4.5
Jason H on 08/15/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just drove 2300 miles from California to Atlanta without a hiccup! No worries on long road trip when you have a reliable Toyota with you. Oh, and this is with 97K total miles.

4mazing

4.9
Lingenfelter on 07/06/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought a 03 4runner SR5 in 2009. It had 74,000 miles on the V6. When I first got the car I was getting about 18.3 mpg which I wasn't impressed with since my dad was getting almost the same in his sequoia. Then I put a K&N filter on it. Last fill up I got 21 mpg mostly city with a little bit of highway. Awesome vehicle besides the sulfur smell that I get sometimes when stepping on the gas.

No Complaints

4.6
No Complaints on 06/19/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my 2003 4Runner SR5 V8 with 16,000 miles. It now has 105,000 miles and every mile has been a pleasure. This vehicle has only required normal maintenance. I have had no major problems or expenses. I will probably keep it until it turns 200,000 miles and still enjoy it. The V8 is silky smooth, the transmission is solid and trustworthy and this model still looks good.

2003 Toyota 4runner Limited V8 4wd

4.6
MTS on 05/27/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great vehicle. I bought it as a dealer demo with 7500 miles on it for about $6k off sticker ($36k). Only a few minor probs, the side mirrors had a weird glare and those were replaced (free warranty), few probs with actuators (free under ext warranty - doors wouldn't lock), a/c clutch relay switch replaced (125 P&L). Blower motor may need to be replaced any day (used heavily/daily). At 105k miles had water pump and timing belt replaced -preventative maintenance only. I put about 22k miles annually on this vehicle and love it. It always starts and goes. Have taken few trips to places from Bay Area to Canada (BC), San Diego, Yosemite, Vegas, Bakersfield, Arizona. Has hauled many things. Good vehicle. 17.4 avg mpg

The best suv on the planet

4.9
Miguel Torres on 05/07/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had three 4Runners, 1993, 1995 and 2003. I have the last once since it was new on 2003, and right now I have 6 years with it, with 110,000 miles and still be a perfect SUV. Perfect movements, great acceleration, nice gear, excellent motor, and beautiful body interior and exterior. Few years ago, I bought a used Jaguar Xtype, and my 4Runner has more luxury than it, and the quality and reliability of this vehicle was nasty. But, my V8 4.7L,4WD LIMITED EDITION 4RUNNER is the BEST BUY I made! Perfect combination between a strong and luxurious vehicle!

My Trusty Companion

4.8
rkymtnhgh on 03/25/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Nearly 6 years and 60,000 trouble free miles later, this truck is still very solid and drives like new. I take meticulous care of my vehicles and the 4Runner has certainly returned the favor. The interior has held up well and the drivetrain has been bulletproof. Unstoppable in inclement weather and supremely capable on 4WD trails. I purchased this vehicle for its off road prowess and it has never let me down. Very comfortable highway ride with decent handling and fuel economy for a truck based midsize SUV. The 4 speed automatic transmission, though smooth, could use an extra gear. (This changed with the 2005 V6 models however, as a 5 speed auto came standard).

I wish I had It Back

4.8
happywiththetoy on 03/09/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Toyota was one of the safest on the highway. Involved in a major accident on 1/23/09. If I had been driving many other vehicles I would not be alive to write this review! Unfortunately, my Toyota was totaled, but I was not. I enjoyed just about everything about my 4Runner. I just wish I had it back. Don't know that I'll ever be able to replace it.

2003 SR5 Toyota 4Runner

3.9
D&N 4Runner on 02/06/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought this used in 2007 with 57,000 miles. It currently has 82,000 miles. I have had to replace the blower motor and AC relay ($500+). Also, there is a sulfur smell that happens when the rear window is down and also comes through the vents when driving. Toyota's answer is change the gas to a better grade, WHICH does not help. I bought the vehicle for its reliability factor and now looking at taking a loss and trading it in. Toyota should step up and fix this issue ASAP.

Love it!!

5
tiff1884 on 01/30/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this vehicle. I absolutely LOVE my 4Runner. The fuel economy is great for an SUV (20 MPG in city), it is a very comfortable ride, looks good, handles great, the list goes on. The quality of the vehicle is phenomenal. I have been rear ended in my 4Runner and the car that hit me was totaled while I only had to have the hitch and bumper replaced. Both of my children were in the car and were 100% fine. I have every intention of buying a new one when the mileage on this one gets to be too high. GREAT vehicle!!

Great Rig

4.9
Bill on 01/11/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I absolutely love my 2003 4Runner. It's roomy, comfortable, reliable and good looking, too. I also own a BMW 740 and my g/f comments on the 4Runner's good looks more often than the Bimmer. In fact, given the option, she'd drive the 4Runner first. Interesting. The Toyota V8 is a beautiful running engine and I still get a respectable 17 mpg around town, 21 highway. Oh, I also appreciate the good ground clearance, 4WD and ABS because I live in snow country. This thing is very sure footed.

Great

4.8
Paul on 10/06/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We traded an '04 Envoy 4x4 for this because we trailer a dirt bike and atv. As it turns out, we can use this on the 4x4 trails near where we live. The gas mileage leaves a little to be desired, but the V8 wasn't purchased for amazing gas mileage. I get about 15 in the city and 21ish on the highway. With 1100 pounds of trailer in tow, we get about 19. I don't think that's too bad for full-time 4wd.

Quality after 70,000 miles

4.3
trevk56 on 05/18/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I replaced a 2000 Toyota Tundra with this car and never keep a car for more than three years, but I am now starting my 6th year with this 4Runner. I have had the 45 and 60,000 mile maintenance +tires/brakes that ran about $1700 and the AC synchronizer went out ($238). I have worked the front rotors once and replaced them once in 70,000 miles and can't complain because the brakes are great (4 wheel disk) and the power from the V8 and all wheel drive make effortless stoplight to highway merging simple. The gas mileage has stabilized (with full time 4WD) at 15.9-17.5 and best ever highway mileage was 19 worst was 11.2 pulling a trailer. Can pull Jet Skis or Boat at 75 up hills no problem.

Most Underappreciated SUV

4.6
4Runner2003 on 02/06/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm 19 years old and have had two 4runners, a 1999 and a 2003. I test drove every midsize SUV and some full size before I bought the second 4runner. I kept telling myself that I should get something different but this vehicle just fits me so naturally. Everyone who I let drive my 4runner comments on how stable, predictable and comfortable it is. It's also very capable off road. It seems no one has fully picked up on the 4runner's excellent traits. There's still way too many Explorers on the road.

Great SUV

4.8
Ed Parans on 01/31/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got my 1st 4 runner in 1995, my 2nd in 2000. This year I decided to upgrade into something more luxurious. I still wanted the room so a crossover was out of the question.I tried the MDX and the RX 330 and was left feeling dissapointed. They were nice enough inside but did not feel right. When I test drove a limited 4 runner, I got the best of both worlds. A great , reliable SUV in the mountains and pretty sweet ride when we head downtown.

Rattle Rattle Squeak Squeak

3.9
2Noisy on 01/29/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The sunroof rattles like it has marbles in it. The left front rubber insulator between body and frame squeaks when it's cold. The lumbar motor in driver's seat went out and was $750 to replace. There was a support tapping me in the back, so it had to be fixed. It has been to dealer for the noise and is still not fixed. The seat is ok now. I am running H/T tires and handling is great. Radio still sounds great with it's 10 speakers. Handles and rides well on trips, but rattles from sunroof will drive you crazy.

Good SUV

4
Gygax on 12/30/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Solid vehicle that has been a driven daily since purchase (along with yearly road trips from Midwest to Coastal states). Several minor issues have arisen since purchase that have been handled under warranty.

2003 4Runner

4.6
4Runner on 11/26/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Great SUV for anyone young and old. Great looking, great handling. Just need help on gas mileage.

Stuck on toyota

4.9
Tony_sells_R.E. on 10/02/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just bought a 2003 4Runner sport edition with the optional V8, 2WD, and it is amazing. I always wanted a 4Runner, and could finally afford one. It is great. I should have bought it years ago instead of an explorer that blew a head gasket and needed new lifters after 85k miles. I am only 24 years old, and drive hard, and it keeps up with me. Being in real estate, I need a nice car for clients, and a reliable and low maintenance suv that I can fit my family's stuff in when we go out for the weekend. This is an awesome vehicle!!!

Cherry 03 V8 4Runner LTD

4.5
Patrick McHugh on 02/01/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

4Runner well built in Japan, plenty of power with V8 engine, 5,000lbs towing, scrupulously maintained, mobile 1 oil changed every 3,000 miles. Very low mileage as owner working outside of country half time since purchase. Performed very well on cross country trip. A pleasure to drive, interior in perfect condition, has nav system, am/fm. Perfect size to negotiate narrow road and trails. Any bigger vehicle loses utility. Back country vehicle of choice, beats out rangerover, hummer, etc.

Proud and Happy owner!!!

5
mvh_888 on 09/29/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

ever since I got my 4runner, ive never enjoyed driving as much as i have. Its the best suv so far and its from toyota.As a 27yr old prof. female, the 4runner is my ever reliable friend day or night!

Excellent!!

4.9
lovedirt12 on 09/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My husband talked me into this car. I wanted something small. It was the best purchase I ever made! It gets good gas mileage, rides and drives like a luxury car, is perfect on long trips for everyone. Lots of space, lots of storage compartments with NO wasted space. perfect for a female cause it has lots of cubyholes. Easy to change rear seats and storage divider. Quiet, comfortable, reliable, and gadutes! What more could you want?!?

You won't be sorry!!! Buy it!

4.6
Matt on 08/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We did our homework on researching the best SUV for our needs. We wanted a reliable, well rounded SUV with V8 power for towing and off road performance for Beach driving . We have had no issues with our 4runner and are happy with decision. Gas mileage is 15-19 around town which really is not that bad, plenty of power and a great ride. Don't be fooled this vehicle has outstanding off road performance - it will not get stuck in the sand!

Love my 4 Runner

4.5
DOCINMISS on 08/01/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Interior finish of Limited leaves much to be desired. Poor lighting of controls is bad also. My SUV is trouble free. One service call for a burned out light. My Michilen tires show little wear for 70 000 miles

Best SUV out there

4.9
4Jogger125 on 06/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my 4Runner for exactly 3 years and have done nothing to it minus your oil changes, etc. I have never had a bobble out of my Toyota. I actually do not have a 4WD, and it is top notch in the snow, so I could only imagine how great a 4WD would be. I'm 20 years old and I drive hard, but my 4Runner can most certainly keep up. From my short experience as a driver, I am almost certain I will buy nothing but Toyota's from now on.

Excellent 4-Runner!

4.9
TawlerDan on 03/09/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned this vehicle now for almost 3 years and the only thing I've done is just your monthly/bimonthly maintance(oil, filters, etc.) It is, in my opinion, the best vehicle I've owned.

Not Worthy

1.9
Dadeo7432 on 03/01/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Our 4Runner had transmission and catalytic converter problems. When we got to the third catalytic converter and the second transmission we decided to trade it in. Only 46,000 miles in just over three years. No we did not have to pay for this work, but the trips to the dealer were getting old, and no I did not feel like towing on a long trip to have the transmission die while towing the boat. The car stank the first year until they finally replaced the catalytic converter. The transmisson vibrated under light acceleration before and after it was replaced. Then the dashboard lighted up like a Christmas tree only a day after the transmission was replaced. We traded ours, hope you don't buy it.

Great Vehicle!

4.6
Laper on 02/11/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Our family has owned the 4Runner Sport 4WD 4.7L V8 since late 2002. We were one of the first to be driving the new model in Calgary. I remember pulling up to the Banff Springs Hotel and having the Valet ask if we would mind leaving it in front of the hotel. He thought it belonged next to the BMW's. It's been 3 years now and I haven't had 1 thing to do other than oil, regular maintenance and tires. The traction control is exceptional, loads of power. We used to pull our 23' trailer with a Z71 and the Runner pulls it with greater ease. The off- road gadgets (DAC, Locking Diff and 4W Low) all work very well together when crossing streams or driving up Quad trails.

SR5 V8 4WD

5
Mark on 11/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Absolutely great ride! Perfect performer. Pulls 3400# Boat w/no prob's (rated for 7000#) through mountains! Full time 4wd makes seamless driving in mud (snow tests this winter)! Miss my Tundra's hauling abilities (the truck bed) but what could I expect? Yes, sulfer smell with rear window open and engine under pressure. Sunroof is great. MPG is 15- 20, constant 2-3 under what the onboard computer states.?. Tons of compliments!

4Runner owner review

5
Art Hyde Jr on 10/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Highway mileage varies from 28 w/ 4 studded snows to 32 with 4 summer tires. Corrugated shifter makes vehicle feel like a sports car on mountain pass roads. High ride height allows one to be on eye level of other SUVs. Stability Conttrol w/ ABS prevented me from hitting elk that jumped out on icy road in front of me: vehicle did not flip. Bought optional XM radio which souds great w/ factory sound system. Not spongy off-road: enough ground clearance. No repairs if one follows factory mtce. Have owned a 4Runner (4 cyl & V6) every 3 years since 1990 & love the electric rear window.

BEST MIDSIZE SUV

4.5
Frank on 10/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

In my experience I cannot say anything bad about this SUV. Very reliable, owned for close to 3 yrs. never had any problem what so ever. Good on snow. Performance wise I cannot complain it had enough power for me when passing or high speed highway driving.

Everything you could ask for in an SUV

4.6
Vectorw8t on 08/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

From snow storms in the Northeast to the deserts of the Southwest this truck does it all with ease. Even pulling a loaded 12x6 trailer cross country managing 17 mpg @ 75 mph didn't phase this truck. Rock solid engine, combined with exceptional ride and great efficiency for an SUV. My last SUV was a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 4Runner's build quality and handling is significantly superior. Don't waste your time with a Ford or Jeep, buy the 4Runner you'll love it. The bottom line is that this truck outperforms in build, quality and performance all of it's competitors. If you're in the market for an SUV new or used it should be on top of your short list.

Love Our 4Runner

4.9
Hell on Wheels on 08/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought New 12/31/2002 Fully Loaded with V8. Buying fully loaded made it essentially a Lexus GX 470 without the SNOB quotient - also it wasn't even available at the time. It is "pricey" when fully loaded - But worth it if you want the power seats - F/T all wheel drive and an excellent all around family automobile without having a minivan.

awesome 4Runner

5
AnthonyS on 07/26/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is an awesome vehicle to drive on and off road. It has a Lexus like interior and and Gated shifter.

Love My 4runner

4.8
Jason on 07/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this thing. It has great acceleration, handles great on or off road. We have the jbl premium sound system, this has a great feature for kids in the back. They can listen to what they want and I can listen to what I want. It is really fun in the snow and mud.

2003 Toyoya 4Runner Ltd AWD V8

5
Dave on 04/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is one of the best SUVs made today. As my 4th Toyota, this one really rocks. The V8 Power, excellent acceleration and handling and very good quality make this baby stand out in it's class. When you weigh it all out.. Toyota overall quality is way above all the rest of the rest. Every vehicle has some level of warrantee work and this one needs very little.

Great SUV, go anywhere

4.6
John on 03/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my 4runner. I owned a 99 Land Rover Discover II and bought this 4 runner used with 11000 on it. So far, it has only been to the shop because of a querky sun roof gear, but it was fixed, no questions asked. The suspension is the XReas and does great, but makes a noise when you hit a bump making a sharp turn going slowly. The other odd thing is that it squeals when it warms up, but that is a V6 issue and is common with all V6's supposedly, only happens for maybe 30 seconds, and isn't noticeable inside the vehicle because of the excellent noise reduction Toyota has in the vehicle. I love the SUV, recommend it to everyone and I say, great job Toyota, oh yeah V6 acts like a V8.

33,000 Miles and no problems

4.8
GrapeApe on 03/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased vehicle used with 22,000 miles, now has 33,000. So far we haven't had to make a single trip to a dealer. For it's size, it drives great and has fairly quick acceleration. The ride quality is quite good, although not "car-like" as in the Highlander. Although we don't have the X-REAS suspension, body roll is minimal under moderate cornering. Gas mileage has been surprisingly good at about 19-20 mpg for mixed driving. Interior quality is excellent, and the 'Granite' trim on the Limited is a nice departure from the fake wood trim that is in so many vehicles these days. The climate contols seem foreign at first, but become intuitive after a brief amout of time with the vehicle.

great truck

4.8
john in whitestone on 02/25/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

can't beat the power and sounds coming from the v8. step on it and it will go, at any speed. nice blend of off road and on road abilities. very comfortable and quiet ride. great for cruising the hw's.

Disappointing Powertrain

3.9
Gary Abraham on 01/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I am very disappointed with my 4runner. At 3000 miles it developed a driveline vibration when it is driven between 50 and 70 mph. Toyota head office tech reps could not fix it. Between the dealer and head office I have been given the run around for 15 months. I hope they replace the truck, if not I will have sell it soon. Buyers beware...

Don't waste your money...

2.9
Dissapointed on 12/23/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

This was my first and will be my last Toyota. Toyota's 4 Runners are not the high 'quality' advertised. My past 6 Jeeps and 3 Buicks were all better. Worst, for a vehicle that is advertised to perform well in adverse weather, beware. It's rear doors freeze to the wheel wells after running through even the slightest mud and allowing the vehicle to sit overnight in below freezing temporatures. Bad design. Despite numerous contacts with Toyota, they refuse to even acknowledge the problem or do anything about what could be a serious safety defect, one that would prevent emerency egrees. "Oh, what a feeling..."

Still Love It

4.8
JulieV on 12/04/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It has been a year and a half and my I still think I've made to right choice with the 4Runner over its competitor.

Love it!!!!!

5
Jent1217 on 11/16/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had the '02 Tacoma and upgraded to the 4Runner....I love it!!!! The comfort, the gas mileage, everything. We had traveled quite extensively in ours (over 33,000 miles and haven't had it 2 years yet) and you can't beat the comfort. I will definitely buy another one when it's time to trade in.

Mostly a great SUV

3.9
Bluejulie on 08/28/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My favorite vehicle ever, especially the redesign. Great acceleration, looks, drive, handling. Quality interior.

Good luck getting parts

3.1
troybarwick on 08/22/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

After 13 months, and 21,400 miles I lost the transmission completely. It had to be replaced. It took one week just for the dealership to get the transmission, and another 2 days for install. Had I not complained to Toyota Corporate, the dealership was estimating about 3 weeks to get the part. No one should have to wait this long. This was my first and last Toyota. I bought a Toyota to avoid poor craftsmanship, but this thing is about as poor as you can get. I also lost the brake sensor on this lemon when it was only a week old. That took 3 days for parts, and only because I made the dealer pull from one on the lot.

Love the new style

4.8
jmgager on 07/28/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this 4Runner used with 10K on it. It is a 2003 but has the color matched fenders and body, Looks awesome. the V8 engine has tons of power and the ride is smoother then ever. I previously had a 1999 4Runner Lmtd (That I loved) and this new one puts that one to shame. Toyota has really taken a step up with this new model.

No other SUV can beat 4Runner

5
Broker on 07/22/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 2nd 4Runner and this time, I opted for the top of the line Limited V8. I have now owned this SUV for over six months and it is absolutely a fantastic vehicle in every way, on or off road.I still own a 1998 that just had it's first brake change at 133,700 miles, with no other expense except for a water pump last year. Quality and reliability to the max. I intend to keep both trucks for a very long time.

Best Midsize SUV

5
abercrombie_guy_38 on 07/18/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Without a doubt, the current generation 4Runner is the best midsize SUV you can buy. With a great design inside and out, good performance and gas mileage for an SUV, and exceptional reliability, nothing beats it. The 4Runner is highly civilized on the open road yet it's able to climb rocks with ease.

Great truck!

4
Nick4597 on 07/14/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

17k miles and still ticking w/ only one problem to date (moonroof rattle). Otherwise a great truck, VERY SOLID, always feel like you're in 100% control. Corners and handles like a dream especially in bad weather or rough (off-road) terrain. This truck never stumbles. Best SUV i've ever driven, previous car was a cushy Durango SLT+ and my SR5 blows it out of the water. Seats are horribly uncomfortable and if you're over 6'2 like me, legs will be severly punished by these park-bench feeling seats. Get a seat cushion and all is kosher.

Great Investment

4.4
case2003 on 07/07/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My AWD V8 Limited 4Runner is very stylish, powerful, and comfortable. It gets great mileage for an SUV at 19.2 mpg even with the all-wheel drive. It's my first Toyota after owning 3 Pontiac's, 1 Chevy truck, and a Dodge Ram. It is superior in quality and I feel it will be a great long term investment.

My 4 wheel Safety machine

5
Pacific Northwest on 07/05/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have loved this truck from moment one off the lot. It accelerates wonderfully, great sound system, every air bag that's out there, and has the toyota reliability that we require. This is my 3rd generation 4 Runner, and by far the best. I could only hope for a hybrid version of this best in a tuxedo!

rough, tough and fun to drive

5
cj812 on 06/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had nothing but good experiences with this vehicle. Looks great, handles great and has to usual toyota quality.

Great Car

4.9
javer on 06/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you want a great car to drive this is it. I have had many cars over the years, but the 4Runner (new style) is GREAT! The only draw back is the gas mileage, but it's not bad for a V8. I have averaged between 13-23MPG. Thanks Toyota!

rip off!

1.9
rc206 on 06/12/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

interior items break of allthe time,the engine puts off a rotten egg/ sulfer smell when you get on the gas! the front seats are the most unconfortable,the limited version is better.resale sucks on the vehicle.

the best 4 runner ever

4.9
Joe125487 on 06/07/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

great truck, no truck in its class even comes close

Simply the Best!!

5
David2503 on 04/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This quite simply is the best SUV on the market. Quite, smooth, and fast. Looks great too!!!

The toughest truck built yet

5
FRANK BRASS on 04/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

HAD THIS TRUCK UP A FEW MOUNTAINS IN UTAH TOOK IT THROUGH THE STREAMS SHALLOW LAKES, OVER LOGS AND UP GRADES THAT WOULD MAKE A RANGE ROVER SHIVER! THIS IS THE TRUCK OF ANY MANS DREAMS .ALL I NEED NOW IS A DOG.

Awesome!!!

5
wingotop on 04/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

V8 has tremendous power and good fuel economy considering the higher horsepower. Seats are very comfortable. It has lots of room and more features than I even know how to use.

Great, but for a few things...

4.6
Bret Walker on 03/30/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great suv, just needs a couple things changed...

2nd 4-Runner

4.9
Joseph W. on 03/17/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle handles great, has great comfort and the design is neat. It is very roomy and the interior is laid out comfortably. Great acceleration and handling for a SUV. Drives and rides like a luxury car. V-6 is plenty powerful and has reasonable gas mileage for a SUV.

Gotta LoveToyota

4.5
Brownie on 03/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been a Toyota fan for years. Owned a 1990 Camry for 12 yrs. before I sold it to a friend and it's still running great. Needless to say it wasn't hard to sell me on another Toyota. My husband is 6'5" so it was difficult finding a SUV that he was comfortable in. The 4 Runner fit the bill in every way. It rides like a car based SUV (even better)

My 4th 4Runner

5
wldlif on 02/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 4th 4Runner. I just traded a 2003 Sports Edition in on a 2003 Limited and this is the best vehicle I have ever had. Got tired of the gray cladding on the Sports Edition! My first 4Runner was a 1991 and I put 180,000 mi. on it and I still see it around town, a quality vehicle! This to me is one of the best SUV's on the road and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I have always gotten a very good deal and paid a fair price!! This Limited V8; is a KEEPER!! I purchased w/ 9k on it and have put 600 mi on it in last week driving in many different conditions; rain to heavy snow; from mountains to 4 lane hwy's and handles fantastic in all conditions!!

Off road fun

5
madmary on 02/15/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I took it off road at an Army base. It did everything that the HUMVEE's did. Of course I was a little bit leary, but the truck wasn't! I can't wait until it gets a little older so I can really have some fun with it. My husband has a Lincoln LS, and the ride of the 4 Runner is just as smooth on road.

Very Happy

4.9
Denfinge on 02/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We traded in our Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited on this beautiful WHite Gold Package 4runner. What a move UP. This vehicle is awesome and makes driving in any weather a great pleasure.

First SUV

4.8
toolmanjohn on 01/30/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This being my first SUV, I was looking for a 4wd vehicle that would drive nicely on road. The 4runner exceeds my expectations. I will have this vehicle for MANY years to come. My Limited has all the power stuff, and the V6 is very powerful. It's just as quick as my sedan was. The 4wd system is primo! Excellent traction in snowy conditions. No stopping it on uphills. Worst thing about buying a Toyota was BUYING a Toyota!! Typical of dealerships they played every game.

This is about V8 Sport, in fact

4.9
delnorte on 01/25/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great performance, very quiet. XRES is great, the thing cuts corners almost like a sedan. Feels good even compared with Maxima (my other car). Great SUV, if I had to choose again I'd make the same choice. The V8 is great, just takes long to warm up in winter. At 10F in the morning, heater doesn't kick in until you drive 2 miles. My mileage is 12/20 in summer and 10/17 in winter with no passengers (and 5-7 MPG in rush hour traffic in downtown Boston!).Highway mileage with 3 passengers in summer was about 17. Mileage as measured by onboard computer is always 2-3 MPG higher than actual - which is the only _funny_ thing I noticed about 4Runner.

I love this SUV

4.9
roadrashpsu on 01/23/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 4 runner approx 3 months ago and wasn't sure about getting the limited model, compared to the base model. After having the limited model I'm glad i decided to go the extra mile. The car is well worth the money and i love driving it. everybody is jealous of my new ride. It has been very reliable and it really keeps it's value. Plus the safety features (8 airbags) and anti-lock brakes make me feel safe anywhere i go. I have the V8 model and love the power, the gas mileage could be better, but if you buy an SUV with a V8 what the hell do you expect? I give the vehicle a 10!

2003 4runner

4.8
Gaschley on 01/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Myself, family and dog love the vehicle. Not too big for getting around town, but very capable on highway. Gas mileage not good, but knew that getting in to it. I have a 6yo, and this will be her first car.

another winner...

4
JEMN on 12/30/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Toyota got me back into their drivers seat with this vehicle. A former Honda, Nissan and Toyota owner (if only the Big 3 had their quality/reliability act together I would buy from them), this 4 Runner is just what this mid- life crisis ordered. On the outside, strong, sexy, classy. I love the front grill, the squared off wheel wells, it's overall butch bull dog like appearance. Snowstorm here 3 weeks ago - it purred with pleasure in 4WD.

Excellent Suv, Worth Every Penny

4.9
logans truck on 12/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have had 4-Runner since July , Love the ride, and the performance,have the V-6 engine , very quiet, dashboard is laid out very nicely.Great sound system, and getting 22 MPG on the highway. I would definetely buy another one ! Good Job Toyota !

NO HEAT = COLD FEET @ -20 Degrees

3.6
northpolermike on 12/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

I've driven this V6 Sport 9339 miles in 11 months. It's had 2 recalls, and now is back for 2 TSB's. The heater's blower quit due to the ice and moisture entering the plastic housing - what a poor design for Alaska. The Vehicle Traction Control/Stability Control has now disengaged 5 times, twice while driving on the hiway. Dealer has yet to get either problem fixed. Doesn't make me feel confident to drive on ice!

best mid-sized suv

5
nfdeng13 on 12/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We drove the Trail Blazer, Envoy, Durango, Pilot, and Explorer. The 4- Runner blew them away. We couldn't believe it was in the same price range.We have 12,000 miles and love the truck.

best suv

5
dennis larson on 12/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I HAVE OWNED 4RUNNERS SINCE 1992 AND THIS IS MY 4TH....AND THE BEST....4WHEEL PLUS V8...AWESOME PERFORMANCE AND GREAT RELIABILITY...PRIMARILY DRIVEN BY MY WIFE, SHE LOVES THE PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY,SHE FEELS SAFE AND SECURE.

Dash light and cataltic converter

3.8
c190 on 12/03/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

So far the car handles well and performs all the basic functions for which it was purchased. The paint and appearance is good and the engine responsiveness (6 cyl.),to acceleration is very good. Major components work well.

timkarr review

4.8
timkarr on 12/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What can I say? Toyota really knows how to build one hell of an SUV! Exceptional quality throughout the vehicle. Vehicle rides surprising smooth and quiet, especially for an SUV. NICE! :-)

LUV OUR NEW TRUCK

4.9
hrspeech on 11/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Super smooth V8 . . . can't believe how quiet the ride is . . . we love our new 4Runner . . . best SUV on the market

4Runner Excellence

4.9
Jaybird213 on 11/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great handling, excellent comfort, awesome design. This SUV has great passenger and cargo room for all activities. Cool interior design with great and easy to access options.

Best SUV I've had

4.6
JCon on 11/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I love this vehicle. I bought the SE and the ride and handling are surprisingly good, the V6 has ample power, the interior is comfortable and stylish. Bar none the best vehicle I've owned. I don't want to get out from the behind the steering wheel!

Get the feeling - true SUV

4.4
MikeB on 11/21/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven everything from the BMW X5 to the Honda Pilot and VW Toreag. The 4Runner was the best of the bunch for the $$$. Great ride, handeling and excellent build quality. A true SUV not like these car based suv's built for soccer moms. Got mine as a 2003 leftover for 12K less than sticker.

THE TRUE RATING

4
BSCOOBY on 11/18/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

FIRST OF ALL THIS VEHICLE IS A GAS HOG. I HAVE READ RATINGS OF GREAT GAS MILEAGE. MY COMBINED IS ABOUT 13-15 MPG. THIS IS AN UNSAFE VEHICLE TO DRIVE IN THE BRIGHT SUN. WITH SUNGLASSES ON IT'S HARD TO SEE THE SPEEDOMETER AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ THE TEMPERATURE AND RADIO STATION READOUTS. THE POWER WINDOW IN THE BACK SHOULD BE A POP-UP LIKE ALL THE OTHER MFGS. THAT WINDOW IS ONE PAIN IN THE BUTT AND NOT USER FRIENDLY. OTHER THAN THAT WITH THIS BEING MY FIRST JAPANESE VEHICLE (I'VE BEEN DRIVING DOMESTICS FOR 33 YEARS) I'M SATISFIED WITH IT. I WAS TIRED OF GETTING NOTHING FOR MY DOMESTIC TRADE-INS.

Test Drive Thoroughly Before Buying

3.5
touchdown on 11/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

A extraordinarily disapointing purchase given the "Toyota quality" premium inherent in the cost. My vehicle is not up to the norm, I'd not buy again. Potential buyers should test drive on all road types. There's a problem (not in all, but lots of local reports) with intermittent overhead rattles. The moonroof weatherseal doesn't lie flat in about 1 in 4 local vehicles surveyed. (New seals aren't sold, you replace with a whole new moonroof -- and gut the interior to do it -- my replacement arrived worse than the first). Bottom line: Buyer beware - search for a "good one" (they exist, but so do problems).

4-runner rocks

5
jeff meredith on 11/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this is simply an amazing vehicle.. have test drove and looked at all suvs, form hummers to escalades and this beats all. its performance is superb, the power to weight ratio is unmatchable, the four wheel drive capabilities are incredible. it is nothing short af amazing.

So in Love

5
4Runner Lover on 11/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought mine in December 2002, so I've had it almost a year. 16,000 miles later, I'm still loving it! I was waiting for the unveiling of the new design and was not disappointed. I bought the LTD because I didn't like the gray plastic moldings. I'm glad that I splurged for the LTD model. The comfort is unbeatable and the new styling won me over. This is my first Toyota and I have to say that the hype about quality and craftsmanship is indeed deserved! I'm sold on Toyotas in the future.

Great Vehicle

4.9
ShaunTN on 11/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I owned a 2001 SR5 before this and loved it. Ive had this one for 6 months and I do love it. The V8 was one of the best things they ever did. This thing will move. The 2003 seems wider and a little more roomier. I like the control panel as well. I was looking for something a little more fuel efficient, but Im glad I have the V8, Ill pay the extra in gas.

I love this SUV

5
AndreaIsAwesome on 11/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I LOVE IT! This car is perfect for anyone in the market for an SUV.

all but the brakes...

4.4
fordo on 11/12/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

for all that i like about the vehicle, like its quiet, smooth ride, towing capability and offroad capability, there are are few issues i'm bothered with. first, the brakes seem to "stick" when letting off the pedal after a complete stop. 2 dealers i've taken it to don't think it's a problem, and 1 couldn't even detect it. very annoying. second, remove the running boards, they are too low and too narrow to be anything but an obstacle. finally, the body moldings seem to collect water--i'm concerned that this may cause premature corrosion. bottom line: if i get the brakes fixed the overall rating will be about 9.5, if not, it's an 8, at best.

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!!

4.9
Harry and Slick on 11/10/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this new in May 2003 and we absolutely love this vehicle!! We are so glad we decided on the V-8 Sport model. The hood scoop, the suspension, and the towing capacity make this an absolutely excellent, hot looking vehicle that is a dream to drive. Build reliablity is next to none and there is no doubt that this vehicle will keep its resale value. We bought the black with the gray cladding and it really gets the attention when it is on the road. Tough and classy at the same time. WE LOVE OUR 4RUNNER!!!

Best Mid-Sized SUV

4.9
cmaj on 11/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After six months, even more impressed now than when I first drove it off the lot. Noticed an extremely worded post regarding the sulfer smell. With the rear window down during hard starts (hard to resist with the V8 models), residual exhaust can enter the cabin. The effect is very short and vents out quickly. It is not a serious problem, very common to other similar vehicles with rear windows that lower. (a bigger concern if heavy loads are in tow and vehicle is being driven very hard. If so, simply keep the window up!) Only issue involved rattles from sunroof - dealer 100% corrected in 1.5 hours using the TSB from Toyota.

Good Value - Room For Improvement

4.5
Cyra on 11/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have a Sport V8 4x4 Model that has the painted trim package and I replaced the white letter tires. Overall good value for $32k.

Driver's Seat Needs Work!

4.5
lenripley on 11/07/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Driver's seat makes a clunking noise anytime you enter vehicle, hit a bump, or turn sharply. Dealer says this is the way it is. I don't believe it. If it is, there is a design flaw which needs to be resolved.

This Truck Smells!!!

2.9
aimalah on 11/05/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3

I used to own a 99 4-Runner and it was the best truck I ever had. I traded that one in for the 2003 and what a mistake! The car smells like rotton eggs when I step on the gas. They claimn its the gas in the 2003 vehicles. I doubt it. My husband drives a 2003 Mercedes and he has no smell. I tried the Lemon Law and Arbitration. No luck and now I am stuck. Would never buy another Toyota again. I should have kept my 99 4- Runner. Best truck in the world.

Would buy another one today

4.6
Drivernator on 10/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Having driven us built autos with the exception of a 1993 Mitsubishi, I would buy another 4Runner today. This is the best built, easiest to drive and park SUV I could find in the market after researching ALL mid-sized SUV's available. I paid a little more than I would have had to pay for a U.S. built SUV, but figure I will save the difference in maintance expenses.

Wonderful SUV

4.9
Roccos Van on 10/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great truck, I am very impressed with the power, transmission and smooth ride. Since the day I purchased the truck, I've enjoyed driving it. I especially like the stereo, which is 6 CD in dash, a nice feature and it sounds great. Another nice feature is the auto lock rear tailgate and the double deck cargo area. Would recommend this car to anyone! The only poor feature is the headlights, not much output. I added an HID upgrade kit from CATZ HID to fix the problem, also, not enough headroom with sunroof if you are 6'2" or taller.

Excellent SUV

4.9
lhenson on 10/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Chose the 4 Runner by accident. I was looking into buying a Honda Pilot or Nissan Murano, however I had not researched the 4Runner because I wasn't aware of the major model change for 2003. Was negotiating a deal on the Murano and just happened to stop by the Toyota dealer next door and looked at the 4Runner. I test drove both the V6 and V8 models and was sold on the V8. The Honda Pilot and their dealers were wanting MSRP and no deals, Nissan was dealing fairly well, however I was able to get this for about $800 below invoice and 2.9% Financing.

Flores' Review - 2003 4-Runner

5
DebraFl on 10/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

First, I fell in love with it the moment I sat in it. Our son has a 2000 4-Runner and the extra width in the front area (seats) really makes a noticable difference. The back leg and seat area are also a wonderful improvement. Our younger son is 6' tall and doesn't have a problem with his legs sitting in the front or the back, unlike many cars/SUV's he's sat in.

True SUV

4.9
JP Chris on 10/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Built to perform as an SUV should. This is not a sissy AWD vehicle. Excellent performance for off roading and surprising smooth ride and comfort for the type of frame it is built on. Plenty of pulling power and sports-car- like acceleration. Excellent anti-roll system. Incredibly smooth auto transmission. I wasn't a big fan of Toyota to begin with. I'm originally a true Jeep believer that has now seen the light.

Good Buy

5
flyfisherman on 10/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great truck. 6600 miles in 2.5 months. Styling is a great improvement over previous years. Depreciates very little compared to most SUV vehicles (Unlike my Land Rover)Drivers seat is loose in the seat tracks which is a design flaw. I weigh over 200lbs and it's noticeable especially making quick turns. Steering shakes between 55 and 70 like its out of balnace but has magically disappeared.???????

Great SUV, but ...

4.1
emak on 10/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought 4Runner because Toyota's reputation of quality and reliability. It's a great SUV, but the quality is not is not there. The car has rattles all over sunroof/headliner after only 2K miles. The sunroof also decreases already limited headroom space. I think, Toyota should take Honda's approach - DON'T DO IT IF YOU CANNOT DO IT RIGHT and droop the sunroof option. Now after a couple of trips to the dealership I am thinking I'd be better of with Explorer.

Improvement on near perfection...

4.9
karbourt on 10/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I previously owned a 98 4Runner Limited and loved it....this one has carried a lot of the stuff I loved on the old one but improved a lot of the interior...the cup holders are now located in a place that makes sense...not in front of the air conditioner...the interior of the vehicle is wider and much more comfortable...probably the best thing is the ride is 100% smoother than the previous model...there's nothing I would change about it!!!

My Review

4.9
Leonard on 10/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Its a great SUV for anyone. Easy and fun to drive. Makes you want to go out on the road evenr if you do not need to. Its safe for a family car. Everyone is a amized with this car. For sure I am keeping up with the Jones.

The tank

4.4
seriousnut on 10/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

It's been a great vehicle so far, a high performance tank. It drives great, is incredibly quiet & comfortable, looks great, handles well. My only knock is mileage. The computer's consistently 1.5 - 2 mpg higher than actual mileage, & in normal commuting (some highway, some town) I'm only averaging a little over 16 mpg.

2003 Toyota 4-Runner

4.8
DougD on 10/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Extremely pleased with the new 4- Runner. A quiet, roomy interior...and impressive power under the hood.

great truck

4.8
don1485 on 10/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

this is my second 4 runner. I was pleased with my last one '96 and didn't have to spend a penny on any maintenance costs other than routine care. I am very pleased with my 2003. I hope to have the same experience as I had with my 96. So far, so good!

I love it

4.9
Outgolfin0 on 10/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had no problems with my 4 Runner. I have already taken it off- road and it performed like a champ. Although the gas mileage is low. I think it is pretty high for a 4X4 V8 SUV. I get about 18-19MPG. Plus a smooth ride.

Loving it!

4.9
hemaar on 10/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven Toyotas for the last probably 10 or more years. Never had a 4runner but I can tell you. I could not have gone wrong with this one. I am loving it all the way. Very quiet ride and smooth. Yes there is a little rattle from the moon roof no big deal. Other than that I am very happy.

MY 4-RUNNER

4.9
DEL on 10/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

THIS IS THE 4TH TOYOTA WE HAVE PURCHASED (FROM THE SAME DEALERSHIP IN FACT). WE GOT RID OF OUR PRIDE VOLVO BECAUSE IT DID NOT GIVE US THE RELIABILITY AS THE COMPANY REPUTES (AND AS WE THOUGHT?). WITH ITS NEW DESIGN, WE BELIEVE THAT WE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE, BACKED BY TOYOTA'S RELIABILITY. IT HAS A VERY QUIETE RIDE FOR AN SUV. IT ALSO HAVE A MUCH BETTER ADVANTAGE WITH ITS V8 POWERED ENGINE. ITS ACCELERATION IS QUICK AND SMOOTH. I SOMETIMES GET A KICK OUT OF OTHER DRIVERS ON THE HIGHWAY WHENEVER THEY THINK THEY CAN OUT-RUN ME. PEOPLE GOT USED OF LOOKING AT 4-RUNNERS MAINLY WITH A V6 ENGINE. STEERING IS ALSO QUICK AND SMOOTH.

tundra24runner

4.6
tundraotto on 10/02/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

switching from a totaled tundra the choice was very clear for me. Any car qould have to equal the 2uzfe 32 valve v8 engine in the tundra - so, it was basically between the tundra, sequoia and the 4runner as there really is nothing that compares. This truck is perfect so far, and if it holds up to 10% of the abuse I put my Tundra through I dont feel bad for coming back at all - the safety factor is often overlooked I guess too, I walked away from a 70mph side impact so that was a big factor in buiyng toyota too.

Don't buy this truck!

1.5
JVaughn4 on 09/28/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

This is an awful vehicle. It has horrible emissions INSIDE the cabin. The gas mileage is also terrible - 14 mpg on the hwy on premium fuel and horrible emissions INSIDE the cabin. Research before you buy. Take at look at the sulfur problems on Edmunds.com car discussions. Take a look at NHTSA site too at all the complaints of emssion smells inside the cabin.

An SUV w/ Car ride and performance

4.9
RBeck on 09/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am absolutly pleased! I test drove many cars and SUV's, but the first time I drove the new 4Runner I was sold. Best value by far! The V8 is silk w/ the auto 5 speed. I shopped on-line and multiple dealers prior to buying and got my SR5 w/ appearance pkg, V8, roof rack for $26.5K, great experiance! Only complaint is that all doors do not automatically unlock when exiting. All in all this is my first Toyota and it make me wonder why I have not bought one before now

High Expectations Shot Down

4
krell on 09/26/2003

Performance: 2 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 3 Performance: 2 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

I was completely surprised that after 10,000 miles there were noticeable problems. The service technician misdiagnosed the problem as a bad power steering pump only to find the true problem being a bad pulley that caused the power steering problem. On the 2nd attempt to fix the problem a new ticking noise in the engine started and I am currently waiting for yet another diagnosis. I drive approx. 30,000 mi per yr, have owned this vehicle for 6 mos, and I am disappointed in these problems so early in my ownership. Luckily it’s under warranty – it is just a pain to have to be w/o a vehicle while waiting for repairs.

SR5 4dr V8

4.8
gipp on 09/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Over all love this SUV. Test drove other SUV's and loved this one soon as I got in. Beware - be ready to buy when you test drive - you won't want to leave this one behind.

Great so far

4.6
rob_not_bob on 09/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This thing is great. Fun to drive with plenty of room and we've been getting about 18mpg on average, 21mpg on the highway per the trip computer. The ride is smooth and very surefooted but has a little body motion to remind you it is a serious SUV. Plenty of power and the steering is light and precise.

MY TOYOTA :: Can you say Lemon!

2.8
Steve Burleson on 09/22/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

1.The tires weights were 90 degrees off of balance and the weights were the wrong size on those tires. 2.Wind noise in the front driver side door (somewhere) 3.When I apply the brakes while driving the vehicle will sometimes pull severly to the right or left as if the brakes are not properly adjusted or the alignment. 4.Engine tapping (lifter noise) coming from the right front that is significant but seems to somewhat diminish goes after the engine is warmed up. 5.CD player would not work without CD's skipping. Dealer of course says everything is perfect, noting the dealer did change out the CD player.

I love this truck

4.8
sharynlee on 09/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have always wanted a 4runner. This truck is gorgeous and rides like butter. I drove it from New York to Florida and back. It was a pleasure. The black body with the silver inserts on the bumper is really sharp. Great truck.

love it

5
billy p on 09/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

after driving a z28 fot 10 years. this was a god send. the truck is so smooth and quiet.i cant believe its a truck and i do drive my wifes lexus ls 400

Awesome!

4.9
msanta on 09/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 4Runner in July and I am in love with it! It's a pleasure to drive it, very comfortable, smooth ride, and well built. It has a sleek and sporty look that can't be beat and handles the road like a champ.

LUV this 4Runner

4.9
carmaldondo on 09/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Best SUV I have ever owned, Great Vehicle. Cannot go wrong with a 4Runner!

new4runner

4.8
gatorbone on 09/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the power in the 4 runner now. Itraded a 2oo2 4 runner on the 2003 and willenjoy the extra power and comfort. I told my wife that the 2003 rides like the Lincoln Town Car of the 70's . that is a real compliment in my opinion .I am proud of my new vehicle and plan to show it to all my friends . Thanks, Toyota !!!!!!

Love My 4Runner

4.9
Gadgetman000z on 09/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my '03 4Runner 4X4 Sport edition in March (had it for 6 months now), and although I was a little leary about the price tag....I love this vehicle!!! I've towed with it, traveled back and forth between PA and TN (several times) with it, gone offroad (by the way, offroad has been a blast, I may have found a new hobby!), and continue to use it for all of my other daily driving. This vehicle has been nothing but superb since the day I first test drove it!!! I love my 4Runner, and if you want a rock solid, reliable, fun, offroad, onroad, workhorse that will last for a long time...you won't be disappointed with this one.

DISAPPOINTED

4.6
Hogan on 09/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Attention 4-Runner owners with the cloth interior. 2 days after taking delivery of my SUV, I noticed 3 problems. First, all four tires were inflated to 57 psi!! Yes 57.Second, my steering wheel shakes between 60-65 like the tires were out of balance. Third, driver seat failure. Had seat replaced and it's still loose. So I went to several new Runners on the lot to check and they're all loose (check your thigh support and grab the whole seat with both hands and move it back and forth and you'll see what i'm talking about.) Service guy said must be a bad design on the new model. Hmmmm...

Too nice for a truck!

5
amcgrath on 09/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Having upgraded from a '95 4Runner to a '03 4Runner, this is a completely different vehicle! It's incredibly comfortable, solid, a joy to drive. It even tells me when it needs an oil change! You will love this car.

I love it!!

4.5
tr10x on 09/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned and driven around all the other styles of 4runners over the years and this one is simply the best....there is no comparison to the difference in power and the smoother ride that all the previous year models had....I Love it!!! Great job Toyota!!

4Runner Sport Tops

4.8
rexgretel on 09/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We looked at some Jeep Cherokees and Dodge Durangos.... not even in the same ballpark, muchless the same league. Everything about this vehicle has been impressive, from the quality to the surprisingly good fuel mileage. For someone who never wanted an SUV, I have thoroughly enjoyed this workhorse.

BEST SUV

5
Floridian on 09/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After test driving similar SUV's: Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer, Acura MDX, etc., the new 4runner LTD tops them all. Wind noise is minimal compare to the others SUV's. To-date, I have driven my new 2003 LTD for 3500 miles and it is the best buy for the money in the market. Had some noises coming from the engine and overhead, but were quickly corrected by the dealer. Was told this is happening with other models.

Worth IT!!

5
Doggs on 09/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great truck. But it is a truck, not a cute car with big tires. Rides great. No need for the V 8 unless you are towing somthing big. The V 6 has some serious pick up... Great gas milage for a 4WD V6 - We are getting about 21 MPG...

My first SUV ever!

4.9
ghostrider on 09/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I literally have only had this truck for 24 hrs, but had to comment. I never owned an suv before but always thought about it. I am happy with this one. It feels comfortable to me(5ft 1 in) and I feel like I sit high in it! It is classy yet also fun. I have driven most of the competitors and hands down, the 4runner has everything a person would need in an suv.

Love my 4Runner, BUT

4.5
MR. Rob on 09/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

The new designed 4runner is amazing on the outside, but does have some flaws on the inside. I have the Limited 2WD with the V8 engine and get an average of 19 mpgs mostly in highway driving. The engine is quiet and powerful. The car is gorgeous from the front, but the rear is a bit less macho than the past models. The interior has some noticible flaws: 1) The cup holders are terrible 2) The seat belts are bad (they fall into the cushion and are hard to find. 3) No memory seats available. 4) Cannot get a CD changer with the navigation system. 5) No 3rd seat option.

Nice First Truck/SUV

4.5
toolmanjohn on 08/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Only 230 miles so far. Looks like the mileage will be in the 17/18mpg range for my mixed style. On road handling is good. Does EXTREMELY well on bigger asphalt bumps and jolts. Loads of interior room. Well designed layout. Features are great. SMOOTH AND QUIET powertrain. Accelerates as good as my car! Suprising! Shifts smooth too. Had to add a leg bolster to get a raise. Didn't realize this in test drive. My bad. Probably would not have bought. Rotten EGG smell when moderate accelerating or kick down a gear when passing. UGH. Hoping a better tank of gas fixes it! Fingers crossed!! Didn't smell it on test drive.

My first 4Runner - YUMMY

4.9
Cibyl on 08/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I drove a few different SUV's in it's class (Chevy, Ford, etd) and there was no comparison. The 4Runner had the best meld of looks, performance, power and comfort. A HUGE step up from my Jeep Cherokee, which I still love, but the 4Runner is an entirely different class of vehicle. The ride is smooth yet tight, the new V6 is powerful and silky, and the interior and exterior are both beautiful. It is without a doubt the nice vehicle I've ever owned.

Sweet SUV

4.9
MarkinCT on 08/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have been loving my new 4Runner for 1200 miles so far. Averaging 17.4 mpg, but mostly stop and go. Hey, it's a V8 so that's not bad. This truck looks hot, gets noticed. Build and materials appear premium to other makes. In terms of quality, I think this is like a slightly smaller version of the Land Cruiser at half the price. Interior is more refined that the Sequoia (which I strongly considered, but 4Runner was more bang for the buck). With the V8, it can out-perform most sedans when in a pinch. Comfortable passenger room. Nissan Pathfinder cannot match the 4Runner in any contest.

2003 4runner limited

4.4
nedjacob on 08/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Very smooth ride, nice sound system. A great improvement.

This has all the marbles

4.9
doshiaa on 08/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After doing, months of research on buying an SUV I finally decided to purchase 2003 V8 Limited 4Runner. This vehicle is exceptional in every possible manner; however I'll mention a couple of things that this vehicle could benefit from: 1. Add memory seats to driver side (most competitors offer this now days) 2. Add more storage bins Besides these, the SUV is fantastic and I highly recommend it.

Wood's Review

4.9
Wood__y on 08/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2003 4WD V-8 4Runner Limited is far and away the BEST vehicle I've EVER owned. I've had great cars and SUVs in the past but my 4Runner leaves all the others in the dust. I won't hesitate to buy another one in the future.

My First Toyota

4.3
Viper Pilot on 08/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased the 4Runner in Dec '02 when they first hit the local market. Thought it was a little pricy, but felt it was a good value based on other Toyota owners' recommendations.It was exactly the right sized vehicle for my needs.It has good overall power and preformance from the 4.7 liter V-8.It also has an excellent, solid road feel. Steering, brakes, and handling are very good for an SUV. The only complains I have are terrible gas mileage (12.5 to 14 mpg!)and a slight vibration felt in the steering column and pedals under light acceleration. Service manager can't explain or get interested in finding the vibration. Overall a very satisfying vehicle.

BEST OF THE BEST(honest review)

5
kokid on 08/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What a wonderfully engineered truck. Toyota has raised the bar in the mid suv market. It is the SUV I have been waiting for and it has finally arrived. Waited a year so toyota could work out all first year bugs. It is by far worth every penny and will hold its residual value for years to come. Only SUV that will beat it is the Lexus version.(if you want to pay 10 grand more) Toyota has hit a homerun!!!

Great SUV, except Navigation system

4.6
victor5555 on 08/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV is one of finest excuted machines I've ever driven! Has the ruggedness and off-road abilities of a mountain goat, yet is UNBELIEVABLY smooth and quiet and has the performance matching or exceeding some sport-sedans!!! WOW! The only major negative is the SUB-PAR Navigation system, which is full of errors and has limited functionality!

Great Improvements

5
ktully2001 on 08/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased the 2003 4Runner, traded a 2000 4Runner....love the new one, smooth ride, improved power.

what were engineers thinking of?

4.9
rebecca phillips on 08/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

WHY make a back window that would go down with the remote access and not be able to go up I feel like I am looking at the sunvisors every time I get in this vehicle. there are people with long torsos. AND the fact that you have to be Godzilla to pull the back door down? it would be nice to have at least two phone portals or should I say phone/computer or just plain more than one in the front. I find the one near the console VERY cumbersome. Sounds like a lot for someone who rather likes the vehicle but that window is BAD!!!! and those door locks are horrible!!!!!!!!

My first 4Runner

4.9
Probos on 08/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've only had it for a week and all I can say is it's AWESOME. With out a doubt the best melding of luxury and toughness out there! Love the ride, comfort, handling and power this beauty has, the new V6 engine is just stellar. The ride is much more comfy than my previous vehicle (Jeep Cherokee) but it still feels tight and responsive.

Very Happy 4runner Owner

4.1
Smart buy on 08/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This is a great vehicle. I looked at everything b4 making my decision and am convinced I made the right one. I bought the silver with grey leather. All options except navigation-dont wish I had it. I am very surprised I dont see more on the road, but not disappointed.

Best Driving SUV on the market

5
Marlin Headley on 08/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

By far the best looking and best driving SUV I test drove

Get A Ford!

3.6
mtbkr44 on 08/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

I have had this vehicle 4 months, one of which has been in the shop. The sunroof quit working and so did the dealership. I finally got the car back and the paint is peeling off of the front! 40K for this??? I should have bought a Hyundai!!

Great SUV truck

4.9
tryd on 08/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I looked at the MDX and was about to buy one, when I saw the 4 Runner. It looked so rugged. The interior was the same quality as the MDX. It had more features then the MDX. The 4 Runner is well thought out. The seating is very comfortable and easy to change. The features are numerous and are easy to use. The V8 engine has a lot of power and runs very smoothly. It has very little lean going around corners. My 4 Runner has the air suspension.It The audio system is wonderfully clear and produces an excellent sound. The SUV handles more like a car than the previous generations of 4 Runners. It is not as Car like as the MDX, but is still Very satisfying.

awesome

5
geezer on 08/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Traded a 02 highlander ltd! More stable, better handling, more standard features. Averaging 19-20 mpg, and I drive it fast!My dog loves the power back window-the best feature! I am very analytical and research oriented, and could not find a comparable vehicle without spending many, many thousands more! The v-8 is silky smooth! In Colorado, awd will do most of the time.

Tops in Quality

4.9
DJoseph on 08/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The most fun I have had in a SUV. Had a Nissan and an Isuzu before but 4Runner is the best yet. Forget the American name brand SUVs.

Best yet

4.5
Docyit2 on 08/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Had 14 new vehicles in 30 years this is the best ever owned. Traded my 98 4runner. Own a 01 vette and have hard time deciding which to drive. 4Runner is very pleasing to drive.

MY 4RUNNER

4.8
C HILL on 08/07/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

IT'S GREAT, HAVE DRIVEN 94 PATHFINDER, LAST 5 YEARS, TRIED TO BUY AN XTERRA, HAD 3 XTERRA'S IN 2 1/2 WEEKS, ALL OF THEM LEAKED FROM THE TRANSFER CASE. I GOT MY MONEY BACK, AND WENT AND BOUGHT A NEW 4 RUNNER SPORT V/6 IT IS AWESOME, MUCH NICER IN EVERY RESPECT

Toyota does it again!

4.5
jaesun in FL on 08/07/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

What can I say, this SUV is great! Very comfortable ride and excellent handling. The V6 has plenty of get up and go...and great gas mileage! (for an SUV) A smooth shifting automatic transmission. Excellent breaking. Quiet and well appointed interior. Test drive one, you'll be happy you did!

A True 4X4 SUV

4.9
2003HELP on 08/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What a blast. The best of both worlds. Great on the highway and AWESOME off the paved highway.I was tired of my Blazer and Grand Cherokee getting doors and scratches from the brush. CLADDING BABY, one of the reasons I bought it. The V-6 has torque to spare in 4 Wheel Lo. Toyota has a winner on the new motor design. MPG is fair for such a high compression engine. Using the DAC in sticky situations is UNREAL. For the money (under 30,000), nothing touches this. Dorado Gold with the Grey Cladding. This is a sophisticated monster on and off road...

The best midsize SUV

4.9
JSac on 08/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My fiance and I has tested many SUVs including Highlander and Pilot. Though refine & relible, both look plain and limited off-road. We love the bold look of the new 4Runner. Seats and ride are comfortable with little noise. It has 5- star side-crash rating and loaded with safety like ABS, EBD, VSC. The 4.0L V6 VVT-i cranks out 245HP & 283@3400, much more than Highlander & Pilot. 0-60 under 8 seconds is faster than most SUVs. 5000lbs towing is also great. 4Runner is great 4 off-road, with low-4, HAC and DAC. 4Runner has legendary reliability. It now shares the platform with the Lexus GX470, manufactured at Tahara plant, ranked #1 by JD Power.

The Best SUV

5
Oxnard on 08/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

One of the best SUV. Very smooth to drive and lots of room at the back. Sound system is the best. Lots of power

Devil in the Details

4.4
rob in co on 08/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

Overall, this is a very impressive vehicle. However, I have had a recurrent front suspension squeak (traced to the body mount) that is still not fixed after 4 visits to the dealer, and I am now seeking to have the vehicle replaced with a new one with 3200 miles on the clock. I have also been bothered by a rattle in the headliner by the sunglass holder. I expected better attention to the small details by Toyota, but hopefully they will remedy the situation. I love the vehicle otherwise, I'd just like to have a new one that's without the squeaks and rattles.

2003 4Runner V8

4.6
Buzz Mann on 08/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far so good. I've had my Runner now for 7 weeks and have driven over 3,500 km's since I bought it (2,200 miles). Runs like a charm. Decent fuel economy considering its a V8 - in fact its better on gas than my previous 1999 V6 Runner. Great ride, great performance, great handling and an excellent array of safety features made this new Runner a sure winner over the competition. I shopped around and considered domestics and other foreign brands, and finally settled for another 4Runner. My insurance premiums actually came down over $200 per year versus my 1999 Runner. Toyota has done it again!

GREAT TRUCK!!!

4.9
HPOOH on 08/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

XREAS is great!!! Ride quality is above par, quiet and powerful V6 engine. Camry has 5-speed auto on the V6.... why not the 4runner? Gas milage is somewhat bad... i am getting about 16mpg

4-Runner Nothing Else Will Do

4.5
AAJoe on 08/04/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my favorite SUV I have ever owned. (99 Tahoe, 92 K-5 Blazer, 87 Cherokee, 82 CJ7) I tested the 2003 Tahoe, Discovery, Trailblaizer & Durango and I would have paid a $5000 premium for the powertrain and handling of the 4-Runner. New for 2003 increased size and V-8 option won me over. The best of the "real" 4x4 SUV's if you dont have a large family.

OUTSTANDING SUV!!

4.9
Chef Chris on 08/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Unbelievable. Excellent SUV with plenty of power and "foo-foo" stuff for comfort. Loaded my SR5 with leather, premium sound, etc. and still paid $1000 below invoice!!! Previous Jeep owner and this truck BLOWS it out of the water!

Fun to drive!!

4.5
donnfann on 08/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Fun to drive!! Very resonsive. Plenty of towing power even driving thru the mountains. Only negative is a rattle in the sunroof took 4 visits to the dealership to get the problem resolved.

Annoying Rattle

5
oxnard on 08/01/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Annoying rattle noise from sunroof. Hopefuly is fixable.

Best of the segment

3.9
ffuser2001 on 07/31/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Have owned the 2003 4Runner since last November, and have continually been impressed with it. The price was fair, it's built closer the way a SUV is supposed to be built (solid frame, sold axle(s), ground clearance, low range, limited slip, etc), and it can tow a decent amount. I've been off-road a few times, and it performs well. I've towed a good number of times, usually about 3500 pounds, and it does so without complaint. It's a highly recommended vehicle on my list. It should be noted that we did experience a length list of early- production problems.

We love this SUV

4.8
sbjayman on 07/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just returned from a 4000 mile road trip with kayaks on top, bikes attached to a hitch rack, and it was fully loaded. The six cylinder has loads of torque 283 and plenty of horsepower as well, 245. It is fun to drive, exceptionally comfortable, and handles extremely well.

4Runner is the gold standard

5
Toyo4x4 on 07/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Everyone that rides in it says it feels like a luxury car. I got it for it's awesome off-road abilities but it is the best of all worlds. The ride is very comfortable and doesn't lean in corners. My Sport Edition comes standard with XREAS. The quality is rock solid perfection and reminds me of Lexus; and not the cheap Lexus but the level of the RX330 and above. I have not had one problem with the truck. Not even a rattle or squeak- even while off-roading.

excellent

5
dr gonzo on 07/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

perfect so far the 4 runner has gotten better then exspected mpg. toyota made it wider and more roomy inside. the 4 runner is soild and performs perfectly

2003 4Runner SR5 2WD V-8

4.4
sbncolr on 07/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this vehicle over a 2003 Pilot, which was hard to find in the right color and cost $2,600 more. My drive out price w/ lighted running boards, the appearance pack., and auto-dimming rear view mirror was $28.1K. The car came with a bad tire (Michellin CrossTerrain), which was promptly replaced by the dealership, but no defects so far. For dollar for dollar, this is one of the best value vehicles in the category. Glad that I got the V-8 over V-6, as the difference in fuel economy is minimal, but the bigger engine is so quite, smooth, and powerful.

WOW!! This is what I was looking for.

4.9
trophycat on 07/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Really wasn't looking to buy, but after a test drive I found myself sitting at the table with a salesman working on numbers. I was impressed with the new V6 engine and the quietness of the cabin at speeds. Vehicle had all the features we were looking for which came standard.

The Best

5
David3427 on 07/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The best, most complete vehicle I have ever purchased.

Best vehicle I've ever had

5
va18 on 07/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had many vehicles and the 4 runner surpasses them all. Toyota has totally out done themselves this time!!!

Great 8

4.8
Jimhorn on 07/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Had this vehicle for a month now. Great engine; it really gets up and goes. I'm a little disappointed in the tires, stereo, lack of vanity mirrors, and headroom. Other than those items, standard features were great. Coming from a luxury sedan, I expected a little more.

Great truck!

4.9
jkeyser on 07/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my 4 Runner. The ride is as smooth as many sedans. Rough pavement is barely noticeable. Road and wind noise are almost non-existent. It has very good acceleration and low end torque. Toyota has definitely solved the perennial problem of 4 Runners being under-powered. I don't see why anybody would need a V-8 except for towing a heavy trailer. I tow a 15' aluminum boat and it handles it great except going uphill at altitudes above about 5,000 feet. Off road performance is great, too, just take off the running boards before doing anything too rough. The downhill assist is a very nice feature and the granny gear has GREAT torque.

I Love My Toyota!

4.8
momohewey on 07/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my 2003 SR5 for 3 monthsand it's AWESOME!!! I got an SR5 with upgrades and it's almost like a limited less the extra $5K. The power and pick- up is GREAT. Very comfortable for 3+ hour roadtrips. My friends like it so much they bought one also last month. I highly recommend this SUV.

2003 4Runner 4x4 Sport

4.8
jason100million on 07/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Am happy that they finally started offering the appearance package on the Sport Edition. Incredible Ride and Handling with the Sport Package. Comfortable interior with lots of gadget compartments. Was finally able to take it off road and it performed superbly. Even the ride off road is incredible. Steering and shifting is rock solid. Was able to purchase $500 below invoice even though there was no rebate. Can't believe what a well designed package Toyota put out. Plan on owning it for the next 6-7 years happily.

Luv my 4 Runner

4.8
Joe Reno on 07/20/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is extremely sturdy. Great body style. Lots of room for all passengers.I drive from Auburn, Ca. to Reno Nv. 5 days a week. It handles Great in the snow, It averages about 22 miles per gallon. I always have power to pull the hills in Lake Tahoe. There is nothing missing in my suv I have a cd player and so far everything works Great and I am HAPPY :-)

Very Happy with my 4Runner

4.9
Karl_27376 on 07/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my 4Runner for 600 miles, and I couldn't be happier. I test drove a 2002 model last year, and what an improvement - in all areas. I stepped up from a '94 Toyota pickup, and even though it is not a "fair" to compare the two, I feel like I got a luxury car. I'm happy with most everything, but especially the gas mileage, the comfort and ride. One other reviewer mentioned a clicking sound - I've heard it too - and I'm waiting for a fix from Toyota.

Sleek Mountain Goat

5
Trippin Tom on 07/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Not only does this vehicle pass all others, going up hill at 10,000 feet, but does so at the speed limit and then some. Then you can go off road and make all the big bumps on the 4wd roads seem smooth. no problem.! Downhill assist comes in handy for sustained downhill slow speed. Transmission very smooth and torque is strong. Brakes are even and have good feel.

best car I have owned

5
jcsmith529 on 07/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I, like many long time Toyota fans, wasn't quick to take to the new stylings etc. of the 2003 4runner. I bucked it for a while until the '98 started to seem a little small. Then we test drove it, one word came to mind, Amazing. Bigger, smoother ride, more power, more options, all the bells and whistles standard. It offers the most for the money by far. We will have it for years to come. I don't know why we ever questioned it.

just another review

4.5
4runnercrazy on 07/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car since it's my first since my previa lol. I love the moonroof, the leather interior (if u dont get the limited edtion, why even buy a 4runner?), SEAT WARMERS ON THE FRONT 2 SEATS, all the cargo space in the back, there's a few hangers on the back for shopping bags, grocery store bags, or clothes, and the little handle on the inside of the back door so it's easier to close the back door.

Gotta Have One!!!

5
BassMaster on 07/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven many vehicles in my day ~ & this one most certainly takes the cake! I think my cheeks are still blushed from all the compliments I have received in the first month of ownership!

Awesome SUV - Best value around

5
jpr9454 on 07/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased a new SR5 V8! This SUV is awesome, the engine is super smooth and quiet! The interior is made of high quality materials, my only complaint is the placement of the fuel door latch being next to the hood release; The climate controls are unique but easily manageable; the double decker rear cargo shelf and storage galore round out a beautiful interior. The ride is excellent and very comfortable. Build quality is very very impressive. Test drive one 2day!

Great decision!

5
Matt97 on 07/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded my 97 Tahoe for the Runner 3 weeks ago and never looked back. Other than missing the seemingly 1 million cubic feet of cargo space, the Tahoe is but a memory. The i-force V8 and 5- speed auto in the Toyota are easily the best motor/trans combo in any truck I have ever driven. I find that even with my heaviest lead foot, I am still getting 15/19 mpg. Solid build with only one minor interior issue. X-reas suspension removes all body roll.

Sharp looks plus Great Ride

4.6
aufan on 07/12/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just this month brought home my 4 Runner after trying to decide between the 4 Runner and the new Honda Pilot. The 4 Runner's looks won out. After driving it home loved it even more. This is the best of all worlds. Seats and ride are plush and the navigaion system is unreal. You can't go wrong with this vehicle.

Brand new and lovin' it......

4.9
robsjunx on 07/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Needed more room and got exactly that plus more. i love all the extra ammenities that came with my sport edition and i love that it's sooo smooth. it drives just like a car!!!

toyota 4runner review

4.8
mattallica0 on 07/10/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We love our forerunner, it looks great and drives beautifully. The perfect vechicle for a growing family.

Fresh of the Lot

5
Snugs on 07/10/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased 2003 2wd 4runner last night. Our research all came to an abrupt halt after seeing the new 4runner bodystyle. This is the PERFECT mid-sized SUV. While the highlander has nearly the exact same sized interior/cargo space, the wimpy V6 and mushy brakes and less-solid feel kept it from being a contender. The Sequoia is just too frickin big for inner-city use. With our first baby on the way, the 4runner fits the bill. The fit and finish of the leather limited model cockpit is as good as a lex or mercedes.

Fun!

5
Chrfr on 07/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The is by far the best car or truck that I have ever owned. Just driving down the street makes you feel proud to be a 4Runner owner. So smooth and fun to drive. I can't wait for the snow!

Now i know why i always wanted one

4.9
eeephi110 on 07/07/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

have had my 4runner for a week and have loved every minute of it. i look for excuses to drive it. the only thing i worry about is someone denting it or hitting me, however i did get rear ended the second day. that high ground clearance protected my baby though. no damage to me, but a trailer hitch through the hood of the creep who wasn't paying attention. drives like a sports car. the V8 is incredible and i have still gotten 19-20 mpg city and highway. sound system rocks. my dog loves to surf the breeze when the sun roof is open and the rear window is down. i plan on keeping my 4runner for years.

I really like this truck

4.9
Blazer on 07/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

From the minute I drove this SUV out of the dealership I was amazed at the performance of the V-8 engine. This motor has a massive amount of power. It is very smooth and quiet. The transmission is excellent. You don't even realize it is shifting in most cases. Handling is superb with the XREAS suspension system. Love the look of the hood scoop. The ride is smooth and quiet. Truck sits high and has a solid feel. Has plently of gadgets to keep your interest. Build quality is good. Automatic climate control is really nice. I have always been a GM customer, but I am hooked on Toyota now. This truck puts my previous 97 Chevy Blazer which performed well to shame.

ANSWER MY QUESTIONS!!!

4.9
mcfibbler on 07/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great truck but need questions answered! First Toyota and am loving it - love all the features but have some questions to see if other users having same problems. 1. I get shocked when I get out of the car... every time - how do I lose the static electricity? 2. The lumbar feels like it gives when I accelerate, like the plastic or whatever has cracked on the seat? 3. Double decker - sort of cool but can I take it out? has been more of a pain than useful b/c when I put stuff on there and accelerate, it usually falls off. 4. Back window seems to shake a lot (unstable) when driving with it partially down. 5. WHen changing gears car jumps.

Toyota quality?

2.6
Dexter on 07/02/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

This is probably the vehicle with the widest gap between the design concept and the built quality that I ever owned. While the engineering and the design concepts are right on, the rattling and the squeaking make any trip an irritating experience. It appears that the Moon Roof is a major source of rattling.

Great SUV minor complaints

4.8
EdBright on 07/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great performance, truly tough vehicle. The ride is very smooth, interior comfortable and roomy. Only problems are (1) front ceiling height is low for very tall person (espec with sunroof), (2) Bad sunroof rattle started at 2000 miles (dealer says they tried Toyota's recommended adjustments on six 4runners and it worked on three). Mileage is 17 around town, 20-22 highway with 5-speed auto trans and V8. Can't tell any difference between various octane fuels.

Kills any domestic suv

4.9
Double-----D on 07/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have put 12,000 miles on this vehicle in 6 months. Not a single problem. This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. The acceleration is great for a vehicle it's size, and off-road this thing tackles any type of terrain I take it through.

Grab One!

4.9
Kingtj4 on 07/01/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A month an a half into ownership and I love this truck. A great redesign. It has it all for 4 x 4, highway, and around town driving. Put in traditional Toyota quality and reliability and you have a winner. I'll own this for a long time!

Great Peformance SUV Buy

4.9
4FUNNER on 07/01/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Value / Quality / Peformance / Function ENOUGH SAID ! Our 2nd Runner.

COULDNT BE HAPPIER

4.8
BRET on 06/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

THIS TK IS SMOOTH. I TESTED JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING BEFORE BUYING AND THE SECOND I PUT THIS IN DRIVE I FELT IT WAY OVERCLASSED EVERYTHINGE ELSE. BUY AND YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED.

Has build quality diminished?

4.3
so_cali on 06/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Just took delivery of this vehicle and found it has an annoying rattle in the sunroof headliner area. Hopefully this is fixable. Otherwise it seems very good. I like the orange guages at night but dislike the hac controls - too gimicky. I got black with the gray cladding and prefer the look with the contrasting flat gray cladding, even though Toyota is apparently not using it any longer.

American car Gliches?

4
Driver48 on 06/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

16 years of toyotas and they seem to be finally be leaning toward the American needs and wants. Conveinances are much better and exciting for and old truck. Nothing carries over from the old 4runner to the new exept the quality and the dependiblty. Proud to drive althought they are still dealinging with 1st year bugs they cannot fix. Yes the 6cyl engine pully and belt rattle and sqeak at warm up and the manual drivers seat will loosen its play till it throws you out of it. But these are minor fixes to the great 4runner badge.

I Love my 4Runner! Good Buy!

5
etapucu on 06/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I were looking a several SUVs from many different manufactures. The 4Runner really caught our eye and hearts. We now have 6000mi and we are completely happy with our choice. The V6 packs quite a punch, the roominess is spectacular, and the 4x4 is awesome. By far the feature, that most impressed us is the GAS milage, we easily get 17- 18MPG in the CITY and about 22-23MPG on the highway. This SUV is definitely a good buy, with no regrets what so ever.

One great SUV

4.9
educator on 06/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I recently bought my 4Runner and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. I recently owned a Range Rover and this 4Runner beats the ride in more ways than one. If you considering buying a 2003 4Runner, stop your search here and go test drive one. You'll be driving it home before you leave the dealership.

too nice

5
tdpga on 06/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this suv is fantastic, must drive for yourself, it will hold its value for a long time, fun to drive, responsive, and smooth ride, great job toyota

Fantastic 4Runner

5
4run on 06/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 4th generation 2003 4Runner is undeniably the best all around 4x4 SUV on the market. I was absolutely amazed with all of the equipment and features that came with the standard SR5 4X4 V8 package. The 4Runner is hands down, the best value out there and with Toyota's rock solid reliability you can't go wrong.

love my limited

4.6
tmcats on 06/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

love our jet black limited with tan interior. great, red hot v8 but brakes require too much peddle to slow this bull's fury. seats fit style and all those looks from admiring suv drivers seeing it the first time, hilarious. you'll love the truck, the admiring eyes and the tiger in its tail. wonderful vehicle with a nasty disposition.

I love my 4Runner

5
KHoerner on 06/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My husband gave me a 50K allowance on a new car. I saw the 32K Sport Edition V8 4Runner, took a test drive ... and fell in love. I have driven it from TX to CA twice, all round TX and in the LA traffic - this car is a joy to own, fun to drive, has tons of pep but is very safe and reliable since I am starting a new family. It has a fun classy exterior, comfortable interior - and it is so so very quiet!

One Month Review

4.5
RFXJM on 06/07/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The V6 engine is much more powerful than I thought. It rides nice; looks nice. Fuel economy 18.9 and 20.7 on the first 2 tanks of gas. Only thing wrong-the passenger seat is not very comfortable. Other than that, I love it!

Fun

4.9
Martini on 06/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I previously owned a 2000 4 runner. This new car blows it away. I really liked the 2000, I love this SUV!

Smooth as silk

4.6
Randy8213 on 06/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The good; Fast, smooth, quite and fun to drive. The bad; For $30,000+ you should get visor mirrors. Visor swing out arm doesn't block the sun well. Drink holder doesn't hold drinks real well. Driver floor mat doesn't have heal gaurd. Could use slightly better brakes. Overall; It seems to be more American than Japanese. Toyota seems to be not as concerned with the little details like they have in the past. A refined vechicle that has been stripped down of the little goodies that I so loved. It's still a great vechicle, but I'm starting to think that it's not the best deal around.

4byToy

5
jcb on 06/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 6th Toyota. Just traded in a Tundra. Larry, you must have gotten yours from a chop shop. There's no way you had that many problems. This vehicle is rock solid, though power seats and a 6 disc in-dash changer should be standard at this trim level. Smoothest V8 on the market, better than any luxury car. If you want the best 4W drivetrain on the market, this is your truck...not for the shopping mall like the rest.

Wow!

4.9
Sac State on 06/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Had a '02 4x4 Sport. The '03 4x4 Sport is a totally different animal, for the better! Build quality would lead you to believe you are in a Benz or BMW. V8 power is awesome and the ride is top notch.

Worth the money

4.9
feartheturtle on 06/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Had it for 30 days/2K miles and very happy thusfar. Good power for a V-6, nicely appointed inside & out, very solid. Nice to have an inventory to choose from, too (unlike the Pilots)! Gas mileage has been pleasantly tolerable (18.5 - 20 mpg). My only complaint is, why do five 4Runners sitting side-by-side on the dealer lot have 5 different makes of tires? I got Dunlops but wanted the Michelins on the almost identical vehicle right next to it. Dealer wouldn't budge "for legal reasons". So far, extremely pleased & would recommend it highly. Unless you're definitely towing something, save yourself some money and don't pay extra for the V-8. The V-6 is plenty.

Very Impressed

4.9
MINB on 05/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Evaluated all of the US and foreign mid and full-sized SUVs in this price range. With the 4.7L V8, this was the vehicle to beat. Smooth, powerful Lexus designed drivetrain, extremely quiet, great ride, great looks, lots of room, and averaging between 18 and 20 mpg. The quality of this vehicle is superb.

Great ride, but missing a few features

4.9
Jason A on 05/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my 03 Grey Mica 4runner now for about 3 months and I have really enjoyed it. I have always been a car person but the new 4runner caught my eye so I decided to take the plunge. I don't have any regrets. The truck is remarkably smooth and quiet and the gas mileage is good for an SUV with a V-8. The Navigation is a nice feature and great to have on road trips.

Bang for the buck...

4.9
Trebz on 05/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The V8 seems to have adequate power, and the torque will no doubt make pulling a trailer a breeze. It is amazing that only Toyotas have the sliding rear window. Our dogs are going to love that feature. Stereo seems adequate (we have the base model), but would have liked to see an AUX port or an MP3 capable CD player. My only regret is that we didn't get the auto-dimming rear-view mirror/compass. The trip computer is nice, but previous posts have questioned its accuracy. I will be looking at that more closely over the next few fill- ups.

First SUV...Love It

5
Louisville Runner on 05/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first SUV. I'm very impressed with all aspects of this vehicle. Toyota merges comfort, reliability, style, and utility very well.

ticking noise from engine

4.8
netster on 05/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Great truck overall, fun to drive and sturdy. However, since I purchased the truck, there has been a ticking sound coming from the engine. The dealer said that it is the pully and would fix when toyota figures out a fix.

2003 4Runner Limted

4.9
elvisdog on 05/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I purchased my 2003 4Runner Limited this past January, and I have been extremely happy with it. This truck has outstanding comfort (more so than a 5 series BMW), passing ability (the V-8 has impressive power), and a handsome design (people comment on it all the time). Even though it has a car-like ride, it handled this past winter's 26 inch blizzard of snow with no problem. I especially like the design and looks of the interior. It is an intuitive layout, with brushed aluminum and "granite-look" accents. I hate the look of fake wood. My advice to anyone considering purchasing a mid-size suv would be to not be lazy and test drive this vehicle.

Stepped Up to a 4 Runner

5
blm012 on 05/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

With the X-REAS suspension, there is virtually no bounce or roll and although the handling is solid, bumps do not jar the passengers. The 10 speaker JBL system provides crisp notes and deep base tones from our 6 disk CD changer. The glove box door sustained a couple a shallow scratches and they were easily repaired when the dealer's trim shop applied heat and lightly buffed with a silicone coated cloth. The dual climate control, handling, and seating comfort make this a road trip vehicle.

Performance

4.6
Joetrack on 05/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had a 2001 Tundra before the 4Runner the ride on the Tundra was better than the 4Runner smooth. The Runner, rides like a truck. The seats squeak driver and passagers, The sunroof when open rattles. Rear end rattles on rough roads.

Just a great vehicle!

4.9
tomcat83 on 05/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my fifth new Toyota and it is the best of the bunch. That is saying a lot when you are talking about Toyota vehicles! Everytime I climb in it I get excited! It is that fun to drive!

Built like a truck

5
KH on 05/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had many SUV's over the last 10 years and this one is by far the best. The V8 is silky smooth and the ride is excellent for being built on a truck platform.

Very pleased with the 2003 Runner

4.9
TKolwicz on 05/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV does everything I've asked of it with style and comfort. It's powerful yet smooth. Toyota's racing experience has evidently provided many technology improvements which have been incorporated into their street vehicles. I use it for towing as well as heavy pulling jobs. Handles great in the snow and gravel; smooth as butter on the highway. Has a very solid heavy-duty feel which I expect to last for many years. Pretty good mileage for this big V8. We also own a 1999 Camry, which exhibits it's own set of fine qualities. I switched from a Sub Forester; would never go back. The Runner is in a class above the Subaru in all ways.

Love it.

4.9
Wxpunk on 05/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this 4Runner after owning two Honda's. I love the power offered in the V6 and the interior/exterior design is great. My first SUV is a winner. Very happy with purchase.

I Love this 4 Runner

4.9
madmary on 05/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am very excited about driving this vehicle on road and off.

4 Runner

4.9
dtry on 05/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have the Limited V8 and love it. It has a lot of power and for a V8 is not that bad on the MPG. I got 23 going on a trip from NJ to VA. I am also getting 18 for my every day driving. The insides of the 4 Runner is just great. It was well thought out and has all of the things a person could want in a SUV.

What a truck!

4.9
Forerunner on 05/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I owned the previous model for 6.5 years and cannot believe the difference in comfort, power and refinement. If it turns out as reliable as the previous one, this time around will be even better!

Love my 4Runner!

5
ashmomma on 05/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have always wanted a 4Runner as long as I can remember. Until this year, the pricing always seemed just out of reach.

Outstanding Value

4.9
chestersz on 05/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just purchased the vehicle three weeks ago. Best decision I have ever made. Quality exudes from every part of the truck. Even plastic items are of high quality.

Good Buy

4.5
Rahul_boy on 05/13/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I decided to buy the Infinity FX 35 but then test drove the Toyota 4 Runner Limited. I was floored, the performace was very close to the Fx35 and it was a lot cheaper. Add to it the Toyota quality and you have a bombshell. Here is the deal if you can afford it buy the X5 if not then the 4 Runner is your best option. Also get the limited only if you are looking for leather seats desprately, if not then then the SR5 is a strong option.

Toyota has done it again.

4.9
TITAN1 on 05/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've driven every SUV out there,and I can honestly tell you the 2003 Four- runner is the best of the lot.Its "i- force" V8 impossibly smooth,strong and refined.Fuel economy is actually pretty decent for a SUV of this size and weight (I've averaged 17 in the city and about 21 on the highway.)As for interior appointments; they are second to none, with unquestionably the best stereo I've heard in any vehicle, suv or otherwise.By the look,sound and feel of things in the cockpit, you'd almost swear you were in a Lexus.Add to all of this that the completely redesigned Fourrunner has killer good looks,and go- anywhere all-wheel-drive capability.

Kudos to Toyota

4.9
HuntPSU1 on 05/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased my V6 Ltd with all the bells and whistles. Previously drove a 97 4Runner Ltd 4x4. There's no comparison to the older model--the 2003 model is tops in all categories-- handling, power, features, and in my opinion, styling. While not cheap-- dealers are negotiating on price. My previous 4Runner had no significant problems, and I expect nothing less with this one. If you are in the market, definitely test drive it--it will impress you!

Very Nice!

5
bobbbb on 05/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We bought this 4Runner a few weeks ago and love it. Had the last 4Runner for almost 9 years (and 147,000 trouble free miles!), but it was time for a new one. You can really tell the quality is there unlike most of the competition. The handling is great and the power is great in the 6-cyl. What more can you ask for? It's a great vehicle (and I'm not normally a fan of SUV's!).

Former Jeep Owner

4.9
o on 05/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just replaced a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V8. Was going to buy a car this time after my latest Jeep experience, but the new 4Runner blows away the Jeep in comfort, features, space, interior and exterior looks, build quality, cost to own, etc...it brought me back. Can't wait to take it on a trip, and drive it off road.

Oh What a Feeling

4.8
Sharper on 05/06/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Picked up my new 4Runner in early February - 5 days before a major winter storm (18" of snow). Absolutely LOVE this vehicle. Fantastic in the snow - exceeded my expectations all the way. Very comfortable, more than adequate power, lots of room for all passangers. Quality built and a blast to drive. I've got over 7K miles on it now and people are still asking how I like it and I still answer the same - I absolutely love it - I have nothing bad to say. Oh, and I'm getting almost 21 miles per gallon on the highway - you can't beat that in an SUV!!

V8 SR5 4Runner

4.9
Mountain Man on 05/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

V8 has excellent acceleration for both city and highway driving but have experienced less than 13 mpg in normal city driving. Automatic transmission is so smooth you never notice it. Good handling and traction when in 4x4H in steep, deep muddy mountain roads and deep snow. Quick,smooth stopping brakes. Handling/cornering in city and highway driving has been suprisingly good for a true offroad capable vehicle. Basic stereo and CD system sounds great and you get to keep the handy cargo area back-up mirrors. Rear cargo space, while not generous, has proved to be adequate. Quality, fit & finish has lived up to its reputation - exceptional!

Very Good... but some problems.

4.9
ballin4runna on 05/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

just got my 03 4runner.It is extremely quiet inside, very powerful V6,good ride quality.But I had a squeaking noise coming from the engine. It started at about 1100 miles. The noise got louder when i accelerate and goes away as i decelerate. I spent 6 hours at the dealership trying to fix. And now the noise is back. It's like driving a huge freight train.I'm having mixed feelings about toyota now. It's ridiculous for 1200 miles to have such a problem. I've heard that it was a problem on all 03' V6's. And there isn't a solution yet.If anyone has this problem please respond!

Slamming SUV

5
Eric F on 04/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this SUV on 4/28/03. I was in serious negotion at the Lexus dealership for the GX. The GX was more SUV than I needed and the RX was built on a camry frame and wasn't as versatile. I drove the 4 Runner and loved it. I had an Infiniti G35 and totalled it. I feel so much safer and to tell you the truth, this SUV drives smoother than the G35. (more weight holding it down I guess). I got the base model and figure that the money that I saved, I could invest in a cobra kit car later :) .

4runner Sports Edition

4.6
JohnA13213 on 04/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased my 4runner and already I'm in love. This is the best SUV I've driven. In the past I've had a Tahoe, and Explorer, neither hold up to my 4runner. If you are considering any of the above, do yourself a favor and test drive them 2 or 3 times. Take your time so you can make an informed decision.

Can't say enough

4.9
jango on 04/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had been looking to get rid of my S80 T6 and wanted a SUV with more car like qualities. First looked at the Murano..nice but not worth the money and too small. Next was the FX 35... nice too but not worth the money, small, features were too expensive. Next was the 4-runner. I was blown away. I test drove all the others and they can't even come close to the feel and performance and reliabilty factor of this truck. I feel like I am drive a sport tank from mad max. The seats are extremely comfortable for cloth and the V-8 is way nicer feeling than the v- 6. 4-runner is the way to go. You can't beat that!!!! I can't even look at anything else.

Toyota did it again

4.9
urgood on 04/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a good SUV. Toyota had added a lot of safety feature in its. Especially, the back door has feature that the motor assist to close the door. The ride is exceptional good, it made you felt solid and tough on-road or off-road. The engine 4.0 v6 is very good to handle all you need. If you have to tow very heavy load, go with V8

I'll Buy 4Runners Again...and Again...

4.8
Tom Fox on 04/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Owned 94 4Runner; sold in 99 @ 125k miles w/ NO unsched maintenance. Bought 03 SR5 4wd V8. HUGE improvement. $24k for loaded SR5 4wd in 94; $29k for 03. Now have full-time 4wd, SR5 appearance package (no UGLY plastic clad fenders), no sway, more room, better ride, quiet, center locking differential, rear seat audio w/wireless headphones and remote (kids listen to their station while you listen to yours on the 10 speakers), 17" wheels, alarm system, fog lamps, daytime running lights, moonroof, auto off head/fog lights, auto closing tailgate, hill hold, downhill assist, V8. $1,000 BELOW invoice in northern Virginia! Not "truck-like" (RE: Durango).

Very comfortable SUV

4.9
vladimir on 04/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I checked a few SUVs and ended up buying a 4 Runner. It is very comfortable and pleasant to drive. My only concern is about reliability on a long run. I hope that my Toyota will hold up to the Toyota name. There is plenty of room to store my tools, dog or any stuff I need to move. Also Edmunds reviews helped me in shaping my choice but the test drives of different SUVs finalized it. Mileage p.gallon city/highway combination 18.2 - 18.9.

LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!!!

5
Lanette on 04/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have drooled over the 4Runner for years, but I thought it was just out of reach. My husband bought this truck for me after my sweet little 2002 Jetta went ka-put. The new stying is great. It handles like a dream, power is awsome, and interior is luxurious- mmmm. I am the envy of all at work...my baby loves me! He bought me the most awsome ride around!!

Awesome in deep snow

4.9
BF on 04/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is an absolute blast to drive. I recently took it up to Trinity with another friend of mine who just purchsed a new Explorer. It snowed about 16-18 inches when we got there to we both decided to do a little snow 4-wheeling. The 4runner handled deep snow with little or no problems. During the few times that I did lose traction, the automatic skid control feature kicked in and controlled the skid before it actually became one. It also had plenty of torque to pull out my friends Explorer from getting stuck. Everyone needs to purchase one and experience this. An absolute blast!

wow

5
dafny on 04/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

great, awesome, cool, TOYOTA, 4Runner, Sport, V8, Rad, Nardly, OffRoad, Powerful, Sweet, strong, big, fast

outstanding suv

4.9
elc campbell on 04/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased on 4-17-03.Toyota hit a homerun with the limited edition.The ride is smooth and I must say the preformance is outstanding.I sold my mercedes CL-500 (2000) and purchased the limited edition because the ride is better than the mercedes and it just is a better all around vehicle. Trust me,you will not be disappointed if you purchase one.A "10" overall!!!

My 1st 4 Runner

4.9
ownertobe1 on 04/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I spent 6 months researching and looking for a new SUV and could not be happier with the purchase I made. I spent less money then I thought I would and received a fully loaded SUV with great styling and unmatched reliability. I looked at the Explorer, Yukon, Land Rover Discovery, and Ford Expedition. If you do not need a third row seat this SUV is an excellent choice.

SR5

5
jamesbb on 04/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The SR5 V6 version of this Toyota 4Runner is all you need. Excellent overall vehicle.

Elegant yet aggressive SUV

5
CoolHandLuke on 04/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have had this for about a month now. No problems to report except that driver side fron wheel was out of balance. Got the SR5 V6 with the appearance packge. Mmakes it virtually identical to the more expensive "Limited" edition but for about 8-10 grand less. I got mine for $25,900 - it is Titanium Silver (Nice!), has the ToyoGuard, Roof rack, fog lights, color keyed bumpers etc. It is VERY sharp looking - looks like the lexus G series.

SUV OF THE YEAR

4.9
Tony in MD on 04/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent handling and performance. I LOVE my SUV! I’m getting 21 mpg, which is very decent. I can’t wait to take it off road! I compared it to the Ford Explorer, and it was NO match. If you're even thinking of another vehicle, test drive the 4Runner and you'll see the difference. I ended up paying more (interest rate) but I'm glad i did.

Great Truck

5
Iselltnhomes on 04/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This by far is the best sports utility on the road. We decided on the Toyota after road testing the Loredo, Dakota, Explorer & Sport Trac. No other vehicle had the Toyota's power, handling & comfort. Love the full time four wheel drive and engine torque. Average gas mileage has been around 20 MPG. More than I expected from a sports utility. The new body style is very sharp.

Lexus Specs at a Toyota Price

5
kstitt on 04/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV is very impressive. I looked at all competitors. I liked Lexus GX 470 (I have an LS400), but a loaded 4Runner with similar features was $12,000 less out the door. Most specs are the same except for headroom, wood int trim, third row seat and DVD entertainment system which I didn't want. Offers plenty of power, great ride, handling & off-road capability. Great machine and fun to drive!

2003 4runner is one comfortable truck!

4.9
ASK on 04/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

1 month anniversary of our 2003 4 Runner Ltd. No new car bugs. After owning Ford Explorer & Chevy Suburban - If you can get by with less cargo space, everything else about this vehicle feels like an upgrade. This is one nice comfortable truck!

2003 4runner is one comfortable truck!

4.9
ask on 04/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

1 month anniversary of our 2003 4 Runner Ltd. No new car bugs. After owning Ford Explorer & Chevy Suburban - If you can get by with less cargo space, everything else about this vehicle feels like an upgrade. This is one nice comfortable truck!

I love my toyota

5
astinson on 03/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love it! So do my dogs! Great if your into sports, snowboarding, wakebording, surfing-perfect vehicle. The new v8 is awesome!

Very nice

4.9
Wilky on 03/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have wanted a 4runner for about 5 years now and decided to take the plunge this weekend. Originally looked at the SR5 with appearance package but didnt want to pay 30K plus and not get leather. Ended up in a Limited and though I only have 36 miles on it, I love it. I got a great deal on this, it has every option except Nav and the sales price was $34,270 (plus tax, tags and title) out the door at $35,700. Very nice!!

I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!!

4.8
4RunnerLOVER! on 03/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I brought my 4Runner on march 16, 2003 from darcars toyota in sliver spring Md. All i can say about the car froa weeks ownership is WOW!!!! I love everthing about the car but i only wish toyota had made fog lights as an accesory! Also my car came w/ a maufacture paint defect that was on the rear lift gate but i had my dealer fix it.

not bad at all

4.6
blitzwood on 03/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the economy and versatility of the v-6, only wish it had a little more torqe for better towing. I wasn't thrilled with the plastic panels, but understood the reasoning behind them so didn't really mind them. That's until I backed into a parked Mustang, barely tapping it with the rear plastic corner bumper. Nothing happened to the Mustang, but the corner bumper had to be replaced. I couldn't believe how cheaply built this important feature was. Only thing worse was the cost to replace it. For example, this little 3"x4" red reflector costs $93. Nevertheless, I'd still recommend it.

Great Suv

4.5
jgold95 on 03/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my 4 runner for a month and i love it. only one problem which seems to be a growing problem on the V6 according to the dealer which is the fan makes a loud squeeling noise when its cold and then goes away once the truck is warm, no fix as of yet but toyota is working on it, atleast they are aware of the issue. Otherwise i still love it and am very happy with it.

Outstanding!!!

5
jsmdpm on 03/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Outstanding SUV, Going to be hard to beat.

2003 4Runner Much Improved.

4.4
StephanieandPaul on 03/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I already had a 2000 4Runner, so I was not looking to buy another one. Seeing the new 4Runner's exterior did not have a magical effect on me, but after getting in side it, I had to have it. It is so more roomier, the back hatch door closes automatically and has a sensor to open it (no more dirty hands). I love my heated seats and the dual climate control is a must for a happy marriage. The stereo controls on the steering wheel and the new designed HVAC controls keep my eyes on the road. It handels better than the Land Crusier. The acceleration with the V8 is awesome! My insurance rates actually went down due to the side curtain air bags.

toyota

4.8
hoho on 03/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

it's an excellent vehicle

Help to Potential Buyers

4.9
rado on 03/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I analyze this SUV among others. My other car is really a Porsche (Boxster S). This SUV is very powerful. I drove the V6 and the V8. The V6 is powerful over 3000 rpm. The V8 is ridiculous powerful. It takes off faster than my Porsche 0-30 which means my wife is safe at every intersection. X-REAS is a MUST (period). Take your time and test the X-REAS and the non X-REAS. With the X-REAS it drives like a sport car, I am serious. The transmision is very responsive.

NexGen SUV - Worth the wait

4.5
JMU on 03/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I was about to purchase my 4Runner earlier but waited until the appearance package on the SR5 that provides color keyed fenders and siding was available. Glad I waited. Don't know why Toyota put that grey cladding on in the first place. Major improvement in almost every way from the earlier 4Runner. I was almost going to get a Highlander but when I test drove the 4Runner I was sold. I thought it even had a better ride than the Highlander. If you're thinking about an SUV drive this one. It has the others in its class beat hands down.

fun fun fun

4.8
toastychunk on 03/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have loved driving this SUV! I got the V8 Limited in all black - real head turner. I agree that the MPG stinks but that is the price to pay to sit up high. We got this SUV when we knew we were going to have twins - they are arriving soon and will be traveling in style. I like all the added touches on this new model.

A Must Drive

4.9
gb on 03/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased 03 4 runner limited, 4x4, V8 and Wow! I knew it was nice during the test drive but the more I drive it the better I like it. This vehicle is extremely well built and everything about it was well thought out by Toyota. The V8 power with the new 5 speed auto trans. is very smooth and it feels like an expensive, high end luxary car. The suspension is firm yet comfortable. If you think this 4 runner is anything like the old one, think again. If your thinking of buying an new car or SUV, this is a MUST drive! I love it.

New V8 Sport Edition

4.9
HankRTG on 03/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned my 4Runner 4WD V8 Sport now for a little over a week. My initial impression is that I like it a lot. It's comfortable, sporty looking (for an SUV), and fun to drive. The V8 is powerful and responsive. However, the displayed mileage indicates that I am averaging about 17.5 MPG which seems about 2 MPG higher than my own calculations show. I test drove the Honda Pilot before buying the 4Runner. I liked the Pilot, but decided to buy the 4Runner. So far, I am pleased with my decision.

4ever Runner

4.9
Gintyman on 03/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 2nd 4Runner, having traded my '95 for a the new 2003. And it's worth the wait! Wow! What a refined, sophisticated SUV! The V8, as promised, is buttery smooth & powerful. The ride and handling are also much improved over my previous model. New interior is wider, comfier, smarter. Great job Toyota! Now, just add the things that the dealer tries to pin on you after already spending $32K!! Rip-off!

First Toyota

4.9
DaveKP on 03/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Used to be a Honday fan. I never liked the looks of the 4Runners in the past, but the way Toyota has redesigned this SUV is top-notch! I was looking for for a quality, yet affordable mid-size SUV and the new 4Runner is it. Suggestion: unless you absolutly have to have a sunroof, heated seats, adjustable suspension, and few more unneeded options, OPT for the SR5 V8 4X2 OR 4X4. You'll get a great SUV and save $8000.

4Runner cruisin

3.8
BG on 02/27/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Although the 4Runner does have some faults, I truely enjoyed it's driving experience. I find the V6 engine to be more than enough power. The power and available options are what sold me when first looking at this SUV.

Very Comfortable and Capable

5
new SUV owner on 02/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I did research for 6 months on new and used SUV's with early favorites being the used Yukon Denali and used Toyota Land Cruiser. I was looking for a highly capable 4WD vehicle that still portrayed a luxury car feel at under $40k. The build quality on Toyota vs GMC (Chevy) was FAR superior and much better looking. The offroad capabilities of 4Runner vs LandCruiser were blurred to the point that Toyota said 4Runner was now their best off- road performer (and much cheaper!). The new size (similar to Ford Explorer), V8 option, and design (interior and exterior) made the new 4Runner a fairly easy choice.

nice UV

4.6
joegreen on 02/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the vehicle runs great and gives a comfortable ride. looks great too. turns many heads. many compliments too. poor gas mileage though and always hit my knee on the drivers door when getting out!!!

4 wd limited V6

4.9
scottp999 on 02/22/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this vehicle. Got the 6cyl limited in titanium w/ stone interior. Traded in a 2000 bmw 3 series coupe. The leather interior in the toyota is better than the bmw. the handling is wonderful. The look of the machine is amazing. I bought it loaded with every option except navigation. I couldn't recommend this thing any higher. Buy one today! I am 6'4" and I have plenty of head and leg room.

A Lexus in Toyota clothing

4.9
rayo on 02/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It is true quality without the fluff. I Think of this truck as a fine wine. It will get better with age.

3rd Row

4.5
Toyota Lova on 02/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 5

EVRYTHING IS GREAT...NO PROBLEMS RUNS GREAT EVERYTHING! EXCEPT ONE THING....NO 3RD ROW....TOYOTA IN THE FUTURE I HOPE YOU WILL COME OUT W/ A 3RD ROW 4RUNNER!

The best SUV EVER!

5
tom segura on 02/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the best SUV made today. I am so impressed with the new styling and features of the 4Runner.

Great SUV choice

4.9
jdchavez on 02/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Nothing to tell go test drive one for your own opinion. You will find it is much improved inside and out.. and with the V8 Ohh yeah!

Excellent Truck

4.6
PeterS on 02/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A truly great sport ute. Size is plenty big but not too big. Acceleration with the V8 is beeter than could be expected in a truck this size. The handling, espcially in corners, is also excellent for a truck its size. The only complaint is gas mileage, but with a truck like this you should know that will stink.

I love my new Toyota

4.9
jens on 02/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the sliding back window (so does my great dane) This suv is fun to drive and nice to look at.

Toyota's NEW SUV

4.9
Griz1 on 02/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Styling and performance rolled into one. The new V6 has plenty of power and the new features are great.

Great SUV

4.8
valley on 02/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was going to buy the 2002 4Runner when the huge discounts started last September. Boy, Am I glad I waited and bought the 2003. Not only does it outperform, but so far has lived up to everything as advertised and the dealer matched my price of $800 over invoice. I have already had the pleasure of taking it through the Snow Packed Sierras during the Xmas holiday. Since then, I have racked up 5500 miles in 6 weeks between the mountains and coast. I didn't think I would like the dual cargo system, but for the Californian who skis and golfs, it is perfect. Finally, as a former GM Truck owner the interior controls are more user friendly and of better quality.

Sporty, Rugged and Fun !!

5
Timbo627 on 02/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I really enjoy my '03 4Runner Ltd. After researching all other midsize SUVs, I selected the 4Runner (after waiting for its release), and after 5,600 miles, I'm convinced I made a great choice. The 4Runner is a quality- built vehicle inside and out, and it's very fun to drive. The engine is smooth, quiet and has very quick acceleration. In addition, the JBL stereo with the 10 speakers and 6-disc CD changer is absolutely awesome. In summary, I'd recommend the 4Runner to anyone looking for a quality midsize SUV. Most (if not all) others are substandard choices!

Best all-around SUV

4.5
coloradorunner on 02/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first 4Runner...I owned a Ford Explorer prior to this and it doesn't even compare. The handling on this truck is amazing (w/ X-REAS). I opted for the V6 due to a little better gas mileage. Go for the V8 if you plan to tow anything very large. This is the best all-around SUV in this segment and is not a glorified minivan (unlike the Honda Pilot).

Unbelievable dream SUV!!!

5
dork on 02/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Considered the 8 cyl but V-6 Greaqt. More HP but less torque. Cant stop driving it. What comes close for $37K? or at any price (except GS or RX 470 0r Landcruiser.

Best Truck Ever

4.9
moe1 on 02/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

See above. This is the coolest car I have ever owned, and I've had some cool cars.

Think again before you buy a 2003 4R

2
larryjordan56 on 02/03/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I purchased a new 2003 4Runner Sport 4wd from Toyota of Roswell on November, 2002. After 4K miles this is a partial list of what is wrong...exhaust enters into the passenger compartment, the truck vibrates when the sunroof is opened, the gas mileage is 10-12 in the highway, both door panels vibrate and rattle, the hatch rattles, the center rear console rattles, HAC does not work, the transmission does not shift properly when cold, etc. I paid an extra $700 for Toyoguard but I cannot even get a loaner vechicle if I leave the car in for service.

Finally !

4.9
majv93 on 02/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I finally found a dealership that would deal on it! Ordered the V-6 Sport and was very happy with the stability, power handling and creature comforts. Very impressed with the ruggedness and the engine design allows VERY EASY ROUTINE MAINTENANCE! I am still racking up the miles on my 86 4x4 (211,800) and goin strong! If it is half the vehicle my 86' is (in quality) then it will be well worth the money!

BEST OF SUV OUTHERE

4.9
Chris D on 01/31/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

powerful V8 engine , rugged look , many nice standard , and it fast

Amazing New Ride

4.9
mebeame on 01/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just picked up my new Limited V6 4Runner 4x4 and love it! I owned the previous model 4Runner and the difference is amazing. I also have had a Sequoia which I traded in for this new truck. The new 4Runner rides like a dream. Much softer ride than the previous model. The V6 is powerful enough to make the car quick off the line and better gas mileage than the V8. I love this car!

I look at it out the window all day....

4.8
4Runner on 01/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The looks of this vehicle first attracted me, but the test drive SOLD me! Warning - do not test drive this vehicle unless you have the money to purchase...! (Hint - if you are planning to purchase a Yukon - do NOT test drive the 4Runner....you will be disappointed!!!

2003 4Runner SR5 V8

4.9
Pocketcam on 01/28/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

First "foreign car" in 25 years. One month of ownership, 1100 miles: Overall an excellent design. Powerful, nimble and fun to drive. Ample cargo capacity contrary to what you may have heard or read. Behaves predictably and sure-footed off-road. Surprisingly quiet and smooth ride.

My first 4Runner

4.8
lescarpenito on 01/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Having been discouraged with the lack of interior space in previous year models, I am pleased with the amount of room with the 2003 re-design. Also I am pleased to see the v-8 available since the old v-6 didn't provide enough power for this size of vehicle. The X- REAS shock system is great!!! Do have to fumble at times looking for window controls, wished they were positioned higher up on the door panel

4X4

4.9
biohazard on 01/27/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Overall design very nice. At first, the plastic seemed too much but is useful to cut down on the dents and dings. The V8 is very peppy coupled to a tranny that adjusts to driving conditions and personal driving habits. The XREAS is without a doubt a feature you cant live without. XREAS keeps the vehicle from tilting in turns. Dont buy the vehicle without it. The climate control knobs are the only feature I dont like but nothing can be completely perfect. This is the best SUV with cool features. All others are the same ole thing, boring.

Love our 4Runner

4.6
love2hover on 01/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We love our 4Runner! We looked at all the midsize SUV's out there and kept going back to the 4Runner. We waited for the V6 to be available, since we won't be towing anything, it has plenty of pick up at 245hp. My husband likes it because it is designed to go off road. I like it because it has a lot of space for our family of five(two car seats and a child in the rear seat, plus the dog in the way back)! It is the perfect balance between rugged and comfort. Very quiet interior ride, tons of standard features. We have driven it both on road and off road and love it. So far we have been very impressed with its performance and quality.

2003 4Runner

4.9
runner21 on 01/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been waiting for Toyota to come out with a V8 engine, finally here, bravo! lots of power. I'd just driven it from Las Vegas to San Francisco and Reno smooth sailing all the way even in snow. comfort and roomeir than the previous 4runner's. less wind and engine noise that my previous jeep grand cherokee. I'll keep this one for a while.

New 4Runner is a huge hit

5
Kevin Craig on 01/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my new 4Runner, we test drove every SUV looking for the right one. The only SUV that could match or surpass the new 4Runner was the GMC Yukon. They have an almost identical feel, and are very smooth. The GMC definately has more cargo space and a more powerful engine, but it is also on average about $10,000 more than the 4Runner. The 4Runner is the best choice for someone that likes the yukon, but is dreading the monthly payments. The only down side that I see thus far to the 4Runner is the lack of a 3rd row seat.

I LIKE IT MORE AND MORE EVERY DRIVE

4.9
4RunnrOVer on 01/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The V8 is powerful! The appearance is elegant yet rugged. Nicely appointed interior without the nonsense "extras" of the Lexus GX 470. Comparing to the Lexus - 4RUNNER IS MUCH BETTER FOR $15,000 LESS!

awesome

4.9
tbrown on 01/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this is my 3rd 4runner. the v8 is so smooth it was worth the extra money. the only thing that seems to be a waste is the folding cargo mat in the back. everything falls off unless it's tied down.

Beautiful SUV

4.9
Jawn on 01/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I find this SUV to be incredible.... the ride awesome and it has fantastic capabilities. I've had 2 4 Runners before and waited for the AWD to be introduced... it was worth the wait!! The V8 power is great and it rides beautifully. The only problem I've had so far is the 6 in-dash CD player has jammed and is in for replacement!!

High expectations...High performance

4.8
Suburbian Motown on 01/23/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We have owned our 4Runner Limited for two months now and it has delivered a high quality ride in everyway(except for good gas mileage, but we did not expect that). The 4Runner oozes with quality and performance.It is not the most flashy truck on the market or a red hot fad; however, our experience tell us this truck will deliver consistent and superior performace for may years to come. We would highly recommend this truck to those people seeking a high quality, highly versatille truck with strong craftsmanship. The price for the Limited is steep but for a truck that you can expect to put 200K-300K miles on with limited problems, it is still a steal!

OUTSTANDING TOP TO BOTTOM

5
PETENAMYT on 01/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We had a 99 4 Runner, and at the time thought it was the greatest, now that we've had our 2003 for a few weeks we can't believe how much it has been improved. It's bigger, faster, quieter and more comfortable, and the price from what I can tell is actually lower even though it's an 8 and not a 6.

4RUNNER SPORT BEATS THE rest

4.9
northpolermike on 01/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I extensively drove the competition over 2 months, yet none could hold a candle to the 4Runner. The new V6 and 4 speed transmission outperformed the Explorer & Mountaineer V8's, and felt better than the Envoy. The new XREAS suspension performs extremely well, and the VSC and MultiMode shift on the fly is great for my driving conditions. The build quality, quietness, tightness are just superb. The vehicle can meet and exceed the demands of our harsh Arctic winters and road conditions here in North Pole. I can't wait for summer to go off roading.

Best I have ever owned

5
lumboll@aol.com on 01/17/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned 7 differant Sport Utility vehicles from BMW to Land Rover, nothing even comes close to this toyota

What I think

4.9
tj on 01/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Its been one of the few new vehicals I have ever owned that didn't have at least one defect. If I could change anything it would be the Electronic Throttle control. I dont care for it. doesnt give a true feel of the power when under a load.

What I think

4.9
TJ on 01/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Its been one of the few new vehicals I have ever owned that didn't have at least one defect. If I could change anything it would be the Electronic Throttle control. I dont care for it. doesnt give a true feel of the power when under a load.

Great Vehicle!

4.9
stevec on 01/15/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What can I say? They hit the nail on the head. I Bought it and took it on a 3000 mile trip. The seats wear on you after a few hours, but it is so smooth and accomodating you have nothing else to complain about. I have never driven a vehicle this refined. Toyota has taken the SUV to a new level. It will be the benchmark.

4Runner

5
beatle on 01/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Vehicle is better than I had anticipated. The ride, performance and mileage is great. I'm a repeat Toyota owner and plan to remain loyal.

A winner

4.1
JGA on 01/12/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Great truck. Typical Toyota quality. The V8 4wd w/ X-REAS really flys and handles extreemly well. A nice ride on road and performs well off road. Edmunds review gives a thumbs down to the breaks... I disagee, it breaks very well and I'm used to driving a sports car.

Good SUV to own

5
yehanxue on 01/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Good SUV to own

4th Generation Evolution Hit

4.8
jambo726 on 01/10/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Handling on mountain roads exceptional for a 2 ton SUV. Steering response good. Transmission flawlessly smooth. Cargo area small but still OK. Blind spot when changing lanes(smaller 3rd window). Headlights are much improved. Projector fogs work well. Extra room inside is great. Ride much improved, especially body roll. V8 with plenty of power/torque right off the line and pulls strong throughout power band. Computer overestimates mileage. Brakes feel like overboosted but stops quickly w/4wheel disc brakes. Body design much more aero than prior models. Interior instrumentation a negative. All in all an advancement and the cladding will have to grow on you.

Much more vehicle than the 02 4runner

4.9
Rustyrujo on 01/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Traded in an 02 for a 03.Vehicle is superb in every way.More power,more room,rides a hell of a lot better.

Toyota 4runner - Best SUV for 2003

4.9
dms4 on 01/05/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great SUV...Toyota does it again! Improved power, ride, handling, comfort and styling. Smooth, pwerful and resposive V-8 with silky smooth 5spd automatic transmission. Controls are great. Picked the Limited for full time 4wd, power and smoothness (alos didn't like SR5 or Sport gray platic body cladding).

4Runner is the Best SUV

4.9
car reviewer on 01/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

No one does it like Toyota (except for Lexus, which is part of the same company). During the last year, I have owned a Mercedes E300, 2002 Toyota 4Runner Limited, Land Rover Discovery SE, and now have a 2003 Toyota 4Runner 4x4 Limited with navigation and sunroof. My 2003 4Runner beats them all. The Land Rover had annoying ergonomics (and 17.4mpg); the Mercedes had continual electrical malfunctions (but 34mpg (diesel))and the 2002 4Runner was just a bit too small.

this is awesome!

5
ttalty on 01/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

so powerful! 5speed tranny, 250 horsepower, dual zone climate control, and full time 4wd, this is awesome! get the xreas performance handling package, its worth the money!

Fun SUV

4.9
rajeshn on 01/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A fun suv. Noise free interior. Gentle ride. Lot of add ons in standard features.

the new 2003 4-runner

5
prunella on 01/04/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i spent several months looking for my 4- runner in order to get the best deal.i met some real jerks and some seemingly nice people. this vehicle has been more than what i expected. nice smooth ride. still working on the mileage. it is inching upto 20 mpg. i am only up to 2700 miles

2003 Toyta 4-Runner

4.9
Giles B. Diemert on 01/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

From the moment I purchased this vehicle, I put it to the test. With only 1200 miles on it I was traveling at 115 mph with ease. I am the Vice- President of a Toyota and Lexus dealership, so I know how these vehicles are to preform. I have had 3 Lexus sports cars in the last 3 years, including an SC 300 and an IS 300 and this vehicle would out-perform any of them. With its all wheel drive system and a huge V-8 with the X-REAS suspension this is the best vehicle I've ever had.

Great Work Toyota!

4.9
Tyrone Bookman on 01/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm new to the 4 Runner but not to Toyota. This is my fourth and my best experience yet. When I test drove the V-8 Limited I was was sold. My dealership provided pricing that was very competetive accompanied with Quality service. Just took it up the coast.....loved it!!!!

Sports Edition for the Sport in You

4.8
northpolermike on 01/01/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle has the build quality and tensile strength to meet the severe demands of the harsh Arctic environment. In the v-6 variant, it has the horses and the torque to get its 2 + tons heading up and moving out. The VSC+Traction Control, along with X-REAS enhanced suspension and Multi-Mode 4WD makes for a great recipe of SAFETY & CONTROL. When you add to that HAC, DAC, and a great transmission matched to an equally impressive engine, who could ask for anything more???

2003 4runner

4.9
Riker6889 on 12/30/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I drove many SUV'S and hands down the 4Runner has everyone beat.

Awesome 'ute

4.8
uteboy on 12/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This was the ultimate truck for me. Although I wanted a 3rd seat, I did'nt need it. I also wanted a sports sedan. This is a SUV that looks good and drives like a car...a fast car (with the V8).

Not the greatest family vehicle

4.3
Pilotboy03 on 12/20/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is very powerful and drives pretty nice although some extra space and comfort is needed.

80

5
jimmy nutron on 12/19/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the best truck i ever had

Another winner 4real

4.9
tommy6020 on 12/19/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This ios a ggod step up from the previous model. The V-8 engine makes a difference. Smooth running. It looks better than most mid-size SUV's in it class. Good buy for the money. Good chose when you consider the GX470 is $15,000+ , same frame and ride.

4Runner Limited

4.9
mdjohnson on 12/15/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love it! All I had hoped for and more. A rugged SUV that rides like a dream.

Best SUV Ever Built by Toyota

5
White on 12/14/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Sold my Jeep Grand Cherokee (too mnay problems since I bought, may just unlucky or what). I went around dealers and looking for a new SUV. Finally looking at the new 4Runner. Wow...What a big improvement and the greatest SUV ever. Bought it on the same day. My Thanksgiving gift. Now I can drive distance.

4Runner 2003

4.9
Max Liners on 12/11/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the new v8 has out of this world power. it is a definate upgrade from the prior v6. dual climate control for both driver and passenger is extremely well thought up. the 4x4 drive system is complex and requires some intense reading for understanding. the all wheel drive works wonderful and overall handling is a definate plus.

My new 4 Runner

4.9
mike387 on 12/08/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love it.Great SUV with excellent acceleration and handling, the most comfortable for me(6'6), lots of room.

4runner over ml320

4.8
rogerw6 on 12/06/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far this is the finest vehicle I have owned. My ML320 was very troublesome and I expect Toyota to be reliable. The 4runner is fun to drive and handles more like a car than a truck. The interior design is useful and attractive. The Nav system is the best of the three I have tried.

This may help someone

4.9
JF on 12/05/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I ve been searching for an SUV for almost 5 months. Finally I ve decided to buy a 4Runner Limited V8 2WD 5S.A.. So far I think is a great "car". I can't call it a truck nor an SUV, because it rides like a car. I am very happy with it and this vehicle is definitely a keeper.

WOW

4.9
dixzoo on 12/03/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This truck is like none other in industry, I looked at them all! You really have to go and drive it to appriecitate it. Once you drive it you get over the cladding on the outside. The dealership I purchased at has free oil changes, What more can you ask for????????

2003 4Runner

4.9
rstebie on 12/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great improvement over the '97 I traded in. Love the V8. Wonderful features inside. This car is loaded with goodies I didn't know it had until I had it a few days. The price was about the same as the '97 and it is three times the truck. I hate to call it a truck it has such a great ride. Can't beat the Toyota, I've had 8 Toyota's sence 1989 and the trade in value can't be beat

Best Buy By Far

4.9
childr on 12/01/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I drove every mid-size SUV on the market and none could really compete up to the level of the 4 Runner. Great looks and the muscle of a full-size SUV. I'm not real fond of the dash, the Highlander and Montero have a much nicer look, but it stops right there. The ride and handling cannot be beat. Very comfortable around the city or on a long drive. Power that WILL put you back in your seat. If your looking for a mid-size SUV this one can't be beat!

Wow!

5
chitown on 11/30/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is an amazing truck. I love the new design and engine.

toyota

4.9
lam ng on 11/23/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

reliable,outstanding resale,stylish,quality built,very good handling

never thought i'd have another SUV

4.5
pharmhand on 11/22/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i needed a winter car, something with AWD or FT4WD. i had a very bad experience with reliability of an audi and volvo (which i was replacing), so those were out. subarus were too small inside. i drove the 4runner after testing a honda pilot and acura mdx. i was impressed by the solidity of build, acceleration (it's better than edmunds lets on) and the highway ride.

03 4Runner

5
Alex Houghtling on 11/18/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great Car, Realiable, Off-Road Capiable, great for towing

03 Forerunner

4.9
Gregg Lutz on 11/14/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It feels more solid than my previous 98, Forerunner. With the V/8 it has all the power you will ever need and it seems, so far, to get similar gas mileage. The new 5 speed transmission is flawless.

I love what you do for me...TOYOTA!!

4.9
Da Yoder on 11/12/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just got my 4Runner tonight. The best SUV in the market! Handles great and very smooth! Quiet drive. Interior with all the creature comforts! I'd like to say that everyone should give this a try. Then again, I'd like to be the only 03 Toyota 4Runner in my neighborhood so no one else copies...hehe. Good luck looking and have fun driving.

Cladding, dash (odometer, TAC, etc.)

3.9
ajivoin on 11/12/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 5

The design change is excellent except for the crappy cheap looking ugly pathetic cladding. The tri-circular silver dash (odometer, dash) is also a major style flaw. The gauges are smaller than the previous 4Runner edition and the orange back lighting is a joke. This is a 4Runner not a sports car. The shifter is also a sports car design, not necessary in a SUV.

A true

4.9
greggds on 11/10/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The V8 supplies a great deal of torque, and even for a vehicle weighing in at over 4000lbs, you definitely will have no problem merging into traffic. The interior is extremely nice and comfortable, and the double-tiered cargo system somewhat compensates for the lack of cargo room in the rear. The exterior is visually pleasing in the limited, and a step-up from the plastic cladding of the SR5 and the Sport Edition which were designed to decrease dings and scratches caused by off-road driving. The Air-Suspension is a must for off-roaders and/or those who will be using the 4Runner for towing.

Toyota keeps doing it right!!!!!

4.9
fluke817 on 11/10/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A vast improvement over older model(had a 1999model). Great p/u w/8 cyl engine. Excellent steering,braking,creature comforts outstanding.Ride could be a little bit softer/more refined. A competent vehicle both on/off road.Blind spot on both right and rear side could be easily eliminated w/ a larger 3rd window. As a salesman, doing 20k miles + a year, t's a great way to go.Fuel mileage, combined city & highway appx 14.5-15.0 miles per gallon w/the eight cylinder,and a heavy foot. A true Toyota Winner!!!!!!!

The Best 4Runner Ever

4.8
Thomas461 on 11/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 3rd Toyota. This in my opinnion is the best one yet. Lots of Power from the V8. The old 4Runner was a bit lethargic in comparison. Smooth shifting 5-Speed Automatic transmission and quiet at a mouse at 70 MPH. Bravo, Once again Toyota has come up with a real gem.

my first 4runner

4.9
victor tsung on 11/05/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the 03 4runner is a perfect car for me. the car had never been in my shopping lists before untill the v8 showed up. for suv i came from toyota 94 LC, 97LC,98LC,01ML55(the worst suv i experinced),& the currently i drive the 01MDX 02RV4. i got all the things i want for a car and the things i don't need such as 3rd seat big cargo room. in fact i wish the double deck shouldn't be there. it serves me no purpose. did i drive the luxrious cars? a few of them for years. with 4runner i don't miss them.

Rampent Consumerism

4.8
WiggyDinks on 11/03/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Traded a 2000 4Runner for the new 2003. Wow, what an improvement! And I thought the 2000 was nice! There is so much more power in the new one. All the traction systems make it way easier to control as well.

4runner

3.9
jamesjames on 11/02/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Seems to be a good SUV, but it's a bit on the ugly side. Toyota quality with a V8 for a decent price is what sells the vehicle. If it wasn't a Toyota then it would not be worth buying.

New Limited 4Runner with Nav System

5
JohnNasch on 10/31/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great SUV with effortless excelleration. Its so good my wife now wants another one for herself.

Awesome

5
DHare on 10/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I couldn't wait until the '03 style came out because I had heard it woud be great. Well, I was not disappointed . I had to have it. Only had it one week but it is a super machine-great improvement.

First test drive

4.3
Planedave on 10/25/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I was very impressed with the ride and interior design. The v8 didn't seem all that quick, I wonder if the v6 will be enough for this heavy a truck. The plasic lower body panels of the SR5 and sport are ugly like and Avalanche. at $40k + for a Limited (the only model without the ugly plastic) it is overpriced.

WOW! It could not be better...

4.9
Docyit on 10/25/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got the first in the state. My LTD 03' is fully loaded minus the GPS. I had a 98 Sr5 Loaded and this is a vast improvement especially in comfort and handling. It rides like a luxury vehicle and yet is strong like the SUV it is. Only thing I miss is memory seating. So many nice features. I also have a 2001 Corvette and although they are in different classes I will have a though time deciding which to drive on sunny days. Toyota got it perfect and the 4Runner is back on top.

2003 4RUNNER , A WINNER

4.9
GERBSPA on 10/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 2003 4runner is a great suv inside and out. Great V8 along with an inspiring interior. It's a true SUV with extreme comfort. Towing is adequate along with cargo space. Along with Toyota's reliabity record, it is a great invesment.

2003 Sport V8

4.6
KevinJD on 10/23/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I believe this is a real solid vehicle. I like the interior room and new features. The JBL stereo is outstanding and the new V8 is amazing.

4runner

4
alias@aol.cm on 10/20/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Great overall big improvement in handling , and power, fun to drive.

TestOfTheNew4Runner-IMPRESSED!

5
JMErbrick1980 on 10/17/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Went down yesterday to look at the new 4Runner. A BIG improvement over the third generation. Pros: new V8 is quite peppy in 2WD form, seats are extremely comfortable, transmission shits smoothly, respectable fuel economy, extremely smooth ride, peace of mind that it will last. Cons: Where's that 3rd row seat??? Not much space for cargo, a little noisy when sunroof is open, radio/climate ctrl. illumination not very bright at night; although instrument lights are bright. Looks like a winner to me.


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