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April 1, 2013

Toyota 4Runner has old-school toughness

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The 4Runner comes well equipped. Even the base model, called the SR5, comes with a Bluetooth connection for your cell phone, a power rear liftgate window and keyless entry. 

A total of 10 cup holders is generous, and my test vehicle came with 120-volt AC power outlets in the front and rear — a nice feature for tailgating, powder-puff camping or just charging your electronics.

Fuel economy is the biggest reason many people consider crossovers over true SUVs like the 4Runner. With two-wheel drive, it's rated for 22 mpg on the highway and 17 in city driving.

The upside is that this really is a go-anywhere, do-anything type of vehicle. Its huge, truck-like cargo area and ability to drive for miles off the pavement are reminders of why so many drivers fell in love with SUVs 20 years ago.

Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at carcolumn@gmail.com.

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