The 2014 Toyota 4Runner retains its classic body-on-frame design.
Few companies have done a better job of shaking up the established order than Toyota over the last few decades. But when it comes to the new 2014 4Runner, the Japanese maker has chosen to let the world change around it, instead.
The midsize sport-utility vehicle has always been one of the maker’s more important products – even more than its sales numbers might suggest — because it helped convince a lot of Americans that Toyota knew how to build something other than small cars.
Since its introduction in 1984, the Toyota 4Runner has developed an impressive following. But the maker faced a significant question when setting out to develop the 2014 update: whether to stay with the conventional, truck-like design of generations past or adopt an all-new, car-like platform much as key competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer have lately done.
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The decision was to maintain the 4Runner’s body-on-frame construction, which makes it’s a holdout in the midsize segment where it will now be the only remaining “truck-truck.” That said, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner has been updated with a mid-cycle refresh gives the vehicle a fresh face up front that makes it look more rugged. There are also new rear and front bumpers as well as new projector headlights that accent the 2014 model’s grille.