Why Buy a 2016 Toyota 4Runner?Buying Guide • Advice • Prices
2. The Cons. Reasons not to buy.
3. What you get with each trim:
One of the biggest competitions the 4Runner will face is the release of the 2016 Honda Pilot. Aesthetic wise, critics favor the Honda though it looks more suited to the city life with few off-road capabilities. Enough said; comparing the two SUVs side by side will determine the ultimate winner.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2016 Toyota 4Runner – The Pros
1) Impressive Off-road Power
A 4L V6 engine revs under the hood with horsepower rated at 270hp. The powertrain gives dominance to the rear wheels, which is ideal for picking up speeds when tearing through terrains. The 2016 Toyota 4Runner will be released in 9 distinguished trims, all on a 5speed automatic shift; the manual shift is not yet mentioned with this new model.
2) Standard Fuel Economy
EPA ratings have remained constant delivering an mpg of 17 city and 22 in the highway. Compared to the 2016 Honda Pilot, the 4Runner falls short; Honda boasting of EPA ratings of 19 city and 27 highway. Perhaps the reason the Honda is well suited for the city while the Toyota 4Runner reigns in off-road terrains.
3) Upgraded Infotainment
The fact that Toyota keeps throwing in a new tweak for the 2016 4Runner models is commendable, and for 2016 consumers will delight in the all-new infotainment setup. Test drivers argue it will be much easier to use and bring controls to the driver’s disposal. 4Runner loves will still get the same supply of entertainment options namely Satellite Radio, AM-FM Radio, MP3 Player, CD Player, HD Radio and Auxiliary Audio inputs.
4) Plenty of Colors for the Exterior
There are six different hues the consumer can choose for their new 2016 Toyota 4Runner. There are about four metallic options in midnight black, magnetic gray, Barcelona Red and classic silver. The standalone hues include nautical blue and pure white.
5) Body Design
For those who loved the sturdy off-road look in the 2015 model, it has been maintained on the new release as well. The front spoiler looks decent enough with no fancy touches, and it’s the same for the rear end. Toyota didn’t put that much effort to give it that classy SUV look like the Honda Pilot, but it’s understandable since this is a car not built for the city.
6) Stylish Looking Interior
But even with an above average looking body, the interior is where the magic happens. The seats are made from quality cloth with color schemes that complement the outside hue. The cabin has a 3-row setup, and critics argue that the first two rows are the most spacious, but the same cannot be said above the 3rd row, but perhaps this is where the little ones will be designated as a family SUV.
7) Standard Controls
Besides the new-look infotainment system, there are plenty other built-in controls for smooth driving of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. Cruise control is available to set one’s speed limits, and the steering wheel is adjustable and leather wrapped for better controlling. The headlights switch off automatically, and fog lamps are incorporated as well for crisp viewing of the road even in bad weather. Additional tweaks to look forward to include:
- Heat mirrors
- Trip computer
- Convenient controls on the steering wheel
- Back-up camera
- Speed-adjustable intermittent wipers
8) Great Fuel Capacity
If one is tearing through the wilderness in an off-road SUV, one thing to have in mind is having enough fuel. The 2016 Toyota 4Runner gladly addresses that, with a 23-gallon tank sufficient to last several miles before the next refill. The Honda Pilot 2016 falls behind with a 19-gallon tank. This doubled with the Toyota’s impressive fuel economy gives every reason consumers would prefer it over the Honda Pilot.
9) Safe on the Road
Safety comes first with every Toyota SUV model, and the 4Runner is fully reinforced for passenger protection. A 4-wheel ABS braking system complemented with Brake Assist is implemented in the Sports SUV, which is a standard feature in most SUVs in range. Airbags surround the entire cabin from the driver to the passenger’s side. Additional road safety measures include:
- Child Lock Controls
- Traction and Stability Controls
- Daytime Run Lights
- Front Tow Hook Setup
10) Cheaper to Purchase
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner may start of at a higher price than the Honda, but the maximum one can purchase it for is a lot less. It cost about $2000 less on the higher side and still offers the best features to rule the off-road terrains compared to the Honda Pilot 2016.
Reasons Not to Buy a 2016 Toyota 4Runner – The Cons
1) Poor Performance on Tarmac
Critics argue that the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is designed more for rough roads and handles poorly on smooth tarmac. The Honda Pilot 2016 is way ahead on this one and even boasts a better fuel economy in the city. Even the 4Runner’s interior is built from durable materials thus has little to do with aesthetics.
2) Tiny 3rd Row Seat
One would expect the entire cabin to be spacious for a family SUV, but that’s not the case. Many users complain that the third row is quite cramped and wouldn’t fit an adult. The Honda Pilot is fully redesigned, and the third row has all the space one would need.
3) Old Fashioned Transmission
5-speed is a thing in the past, and 2016 Toyota 4Runner is really falling behind compared to Honda’s 6-speed transmission.
With only a few setbacks to worry about, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is a definitely choice for the wanderlust whose heart is in the wilderness. On the other hand, critics argue it is better to go for a different SUV if the sole purpose is to travel around the city and highways.
What 2016 Toyota 4Runner Trime is Right for you? Here are some Features you get with each.
The latest 2016 Toyota 4Runner trim packages come with some enticing features. Even the basic package is certainly worth the upgraded cost. These are the top trim packages for this year.
2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 - MSRP $35,685
Drivers enjoy SiriusXM radio with this basic trim package. There is also a CD and MP3 player. The SR5 package comes with a rearview camera safety system and 10 total airbags. It also comes with the following:
- A remote-based keyless entry unlocking system.
- Stability and traction control for smoother driving.
- All-season tires with alloy wheels.
- Four-wheel automatic brakes.
2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium - MSRP $36,490
With this upgraded SR5 trim package, owners enjoy a touch-screen navigation system featuring voice recognition. Music choices are plentiful with the inclusion of Pandora and iHeartRadio. In addition to the features of the SR5 package, this trim option includes:
- Heated leatherette driver's seat.
- Universal garage door opener.
- Exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals.
- Rearview mirror with auto-dimming.
- Moonroof with power glass, tilt and a sliding sunshade.
2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail - MSRP $36,715
With this package, drivers enjoy an upgrade from the SR5 trim package. In addition to part-time 4WD, this package includes rear and front bumper chrome accents. There is a locking rear differential and also a manual hi-lo gear selection. The package includes:
- Stability and traction control.
- Front 30 mm stabilizer bar for more suspension.
- Hill descent control.
2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4WD - MSRP $38,365
This package features the same benefits as the Toyota 4Runner SR5 but with a few extras. In addition to 4WD capabilities, the package comes with hill descent control and a 30 mm front stabilizer bar. It also comes with four separate heat adjustments for the seats.
2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium - MSRP $39,395
The 4Runner Trail Premium package comes with everything included in the SR5 and SR5 Premium packages. It also includes the following:
- Manual hi-lo gear selection.
- Front and back chrome bumper accents.
- Locking rear differential.
- Front stabilizer bar for added suspension.
- Hill descent control.
2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - MSRP $41,850
This trim package includes everything in the SR5 basic package as well as the features of the Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium 4WD package. The additional features include:
- Carpeted floor mats.
- Automatic on/off headlights.
- Adjustable heated front and passenger seats.
- Sport suspension system.
- All-terrain tires.
2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited - MSRP $44,160
This package includes the benefits of the 4Runner TRD Pro package and the basic SR5 package. It also comes with:
- Automatic climate control.
- Push-button engine start.
- Fourteen total speakers.
- Multiple air-conditioning zones.
- Heated and ventilated front seats.
- Perforated and leather-trimmed upholstery.
Each package also comes with additional feature options, and those features can be added for an extra per-item fee when ordering.
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