There aren’t many SUVs available on the market that utilize body-on-frame construction giving them some serious off-road capability. Many of today’s offerings are designed for soccer moms who don’t fit in with the mini-van crowd or that want something a bit more capable in the winter months. The 2015 Toyota 4runner is one such SUV and it’s one of a few that still offer third row seating, a spacious cargo hold and that undeniable Toyota reputation for quality. The 2015 Toyota 4runner is also one of the most capable off road and, with some of the latest options designed just for the 4 wheeling crowd, this Toyota could be the one to buy.
2015 Toyota 4runner review
In this 2015 Toyota 4runner review, we are going to focus more on drivability, model year changes and its excellent off road capabilities. For starters, the new 4runner still has the same 4.0-liter V6 engine produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque taking the 4runner from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Not fast, but average for its class. The one complaint we have about this drivetrain is the poor fuel economy. At 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway) for RWD models and 18 mpg combined (17 city/21 highway) for all 4WD 4Runner models, these numbers are well behind most V6 powered SUV’s and crossovers available.
More space for cargo, not people
Compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, the 2015 Toyota 4runner seems to be a better fit for most families; it even looks better in official Toyota 4runner pics! The 4runner offers standard five-person seating and includes a reclining 40/20/40-split-folding second-row seat. There is an optional third-row seat, which one of the smallest, tightest third rows of any midsize SUV, is designed for small children rather than full size adults.
The real space can be found in the cargo area where the 4runner has 47 cubic feet of cargo room without the third row seats installed and, with all of the seats folded down, that number grows to 89.7 cubic feet, more than any other SUV in its class.
All new, high tech interior
For 2015, all 4Runners come with a touchscreen audio interface placed high on the center stack and, as an offered option, the Toyota Entune suite of smartphone-enabled services and apps can be added making it even more advanced (and confusing) than previous models.
Even though this 2015 Toyota 4runner review sounds as we are in love with this new 4runner, we do have some con’s that we feel we should let you in on. Some things that we didn’t like include its busy ride, poor fuel economy and low towing capacity, especially for a traditional SUV of this type. If you are a tech junkie, you will have no problem setting up the Etune system, but for the rest of us, it can be quite difficult.
All in all, the 2015 Toyota 4runner is a reasonably priced, off-road capable SUV that looks good, has Toyota’s legendary reliability and can take you almost anywhere and bring you back in one piece.