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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $24,171 - $29,633
Original MSRP: $29,175 - $39,800
MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
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2010 Toyota 4Runner Interior

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Reviewers say the 4Runner's cabin is a pleasant place to be. Although cargo space is just average compared to crossover SUVs, it's still good considering the 4Runner's excellent off-road capabilities.

  • "4Runner interiors are nicely appointed with a good mix of textured plastics and soft-touch surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Interior design touches similar to those of t he current FJ include window controls at the top of the door panel (which will unfortunately expose them to moisture), while the switches for the four-wheel-drive system are now located overhead, above the rearview mirror. The center stack and console are much cleaner in design, and it's easier to distinguish the HVAC controls from the radio and navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the FJ similarities continue, due to oversized knobs and buttons, a more upright windshield, and water-resistant seats. Some editors found the interior a bit overwrought, but none could argue it wasn't extremely functional, roomy, and easy to use." -- Truck Trend

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Seating

Reviewers have mostly good things to say about the 4Runner's seats. The SR5 comes with cloth-trimmed seats, while the Limited upgrades to leather. The unique Trail model comes with water-resistant fabric.

One standout feature is the optional third row of fold-down seating available on SR5 and Limited models. Unfortunately, reviewers find that seat to be extremely cramped. Of course, cramped third rows are par for the course in this class. If you want something more spacious, you'll have to give up the 4Runner's off-road chops. Consider the GMC Acadia, which costs a few thousand dollars more but offers seating for up to eight and an especially spacious third row.

For a closer look at the 4Runner's seats, take a look at our 4Runner video.

  • "Though the 2010 Toyota 4Runner's wheelbase still measures 109.8 inches and the vehicle is less than an inch longer, wider and taller than before, the new platform makes the 4Runner feel much larger inside, due mostly to a lower floor height. This is most evident in the front seats, as you no longer feel like you're sitting in a compact pickup truck (which, indeed, the 4Runner once was long ago) with your legs straight out in front of you." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2nd-row bench is nicely contoured but low, allowing good headroom but forcing adults to sit knees-up. It's a squeeze for three. Toe space is poor without the front seats elevated." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even large children, like a healthy 11-year-old, will sit in these rear [third-row] seats with knees pressed up toward the chest and hair brushing the headliner." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

Reviewers generally like the 4Runner's interior layout, which has been updated for 2010. The base SR5 comes standard with climate control, an auxiliary audio jack, keyless entry, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and 10 cupholders (or 12 on three-row models). Those looking for comfort and luxury should spring for the Limited model, which starts at nearly $8,000 more than the base model. It gets a new-for-2010 ‘ECO' meter that shows exactly how fuel-efficient your driving is, as well as leather-trimmed seating for all rows, a JBL audio system, keyless start and a moon roof. Test Drivers especially like the Party Mode button, which plays music out of speakers near the tailgate.

Base models don't offer much in the way of options. But for Limited and Trail models, you can get a $1,420 package that includes a voice-activated touch-screen navigation system with a JBL audio system, XM Satellite Radio and XM NavTraffic, a USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth wireless technology and an integrated backup camera.

For more information about the 4Runner's interior features, check out our 4Runner video.

  • "Our favorite change to the interior is the new gauge layout, where each of the three instrument binnacles has a floating center with various instrument readouts at the outer edges. At the center of the speedometer is an ‘ECO' meter, letting you know exactly how fuel-efficient your driving is (green is good; red is bad). The switchgear itself is solid, sturdy and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "Better yet, press the Party Mode button on the front dash, and the stereo tunes are concentrated to the tailgate and rear-cargo area for maximum enjoyment." -- Truck Trend

Cargo

The Toyota 4Runner provides 9.0 cubic feet with its optional third row in use, which isn't likely to even accommodate a big grocery trip. With just the first and second rows in use, it provides 46.3 cubic feet. That expands to 88.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. A sliding rear cargo deck with under-floor storage box is standard on Limited and Trail models and optional on SR5 models.

The 4Runner's cargo dimensions are just average for a midsize SUV. However, they compare well against other off-roaders. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, for example, provides only a maximum of 67.4 cubic feet. On the other hand, the GMC Acadia (a crossover without off-road abilities) provides up to 116.9 cubic feet max and a much more practical 24.1 cubic feet behind its third row.

To see how the 4Runner handles cargo, check out our 4Runner video.

  • "The interior volume is enhanced by the rear seats that fold flat without having to remove the headrests, and the rear liftgate opens wide. That allowed us to load the 4Runner with our son's dresser, mountain bike, computer, chair, guitar and amp -- plus boxes, clothes and groceries -- to bring to his college quarters in a single trip." -- Cars.com
  • "Pass on the third row (it's available only on SR5 and Limited trims, as Toyota figures Trail buyers aren't looking for seven-passenger capacity), and the 4Runner offers a sliding cargo deck that doubles as a tailgate tray -- as the latter, it can support 440 pounds." -- Truck Trend

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