There is one thing the can make or break a road trip, and that my friends is the vehicle itself. Cars to SUV’s, we’ve had our share of vehicles to drive during our road trip adventures this year. Our latest adventure took us to Myrtle Beach in a 2017 Toyota 4Runner. So, today I will tell you about our time with the 4Runner, what I liked, what I didn’t and why it would be a great car for your next road trip.
I was able to use this vehicle for review, all opinions are my own
One of the most important aspects of a vehicle when taking a road trip is space, and Toyota 4Runner gives you that plus some! I loved that it can easily turn the back to a third row seat, which comes in handy when traveling with 4+ people. However, with the third row up it does leave you with minimal space in the back, thus eliminating extra space for your luggage, so in this sense, the space can be an issue if traveling with over 4 passengers. For this road trip, it was myself, son, friend and her daughter, so we left the third row down and it was the perfect amount of space. We traveled with several bags and suitcases, and still had space to spare. In addition to the obvious space, there are compartments in several areas of the car to store items, so that they can be found more easily. Along with several USB ports, so no one has to be left uncharged. 😉
So I like the space, the extra compartments and the fact that the 4Runner has multiple USB ports, but that’s not all I like. For a vehicle of its size, it was actually good on gas. I was pleasantly surprised as I thought for sure that I would be stopping left and right to fill it up. We filled up once when we were a little less than a quarter of a tank, and again when were about 15 minutes from getting home. And that includes us driving around Myrtle Beach! It’s stated via Toyota that the truck runs about 18 MPG on average, but honestly I feel like it was better than that, and those are very low MPG typically.The Toyota 4Runner is also equipped with the bells and whistles like many other modern-day cars. XM Radio, the ability to have your phone synced to the car. It’s very convenient, especially when you’re on a road trip. It even reads your text messages for you. I’m sure other vehicles that I have driven had that ability, but this was my first time using this feature and I must say, I enjoyed it.
Let me not fail to mention that is it a beaut! Gorgeous vehicle! Actually, that was the first thing I said when I saw it. I drove the blizzard pearl truck without a problem. To get in to this big beauty, the trucks equipped with a retractable step that automatically retracts when opening/closing the doors. However, this feature can be turned off if it isn’t to your liking. I did like it, it was a very convenient feature, especially with little ones in tow.
The Toyota 4Runner rated a 4 out of 5 stars on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, scoring its lowest rating on Rollover (or single vehicle crash). They may have something to do with the weight of the vehicle of the vehicle, it scored a 3-star, which is lowest that I’ve tested personally. I felt safe overall and in general the size of a vehicle (no matter what the make/model) would have some affect that outcome.
Another key point that I should touch on with the Toyota 4Runner is the fact that is it comfortable! How many back seats recline? It is rare, and definitely a luxury. Perfect for a road trip, the back passengers can now get as comfortable as the from passenger. The seats alone are comfortable. The front seats are can be heated and cooled, great when getting in the cat on a hot or cold day. Ever get in a car with leather seats on a hot day? Not fun!
One thing that stood out that I didn’t like too much was that the rear door wasn’t automatic. I know, I know, that’s not a necessity. The door itself is heavy door, so closing it manually can be annoying. I guess a little arm day in never hurt anybody. Also the GPS. I don’t think that car GPS’s are as updated as the GPS apps that we can get on our phones. I find using the ones in the car tend to take a longer route and not as updated with congested traffic, etc.
All-in-all, I genuinely enjoyed driving the Toyota 4Runner. I felt very comfortable and could see myself purchasing one, as it is a good fit for myself. It’s a perfect vehicle for a family, or for the adventure at heart. It is an off-road vehicle, so heading up to the mountains for a weekend getaway in the Toyota 4Runner would be perfect.