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2009 Toyota 4Runner Sport Utility

4WD 4dr V6 SR5 (Natl)

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Toyota 4Runner Sport Utility

The 4Runner packs serious truck-based towing and hauling ability from torquey V6 and V8 engines, along with some measure of tough off-road ability and a ride that's nearly on par with car-based crossover utes. With seating for up to seven, it has a very versatile interior as well.

What's new for 2009?

Largely unchanged for 2009, the 4runner gets a new SR5 Trail Edition package, which includes a locking rear differential, traction control, 16-inch wheels, and Bilstein shocks. A new Bluetooth- and iPod-compatible audio system with a standard TomTom personal navigation device is also included, as well as a roof rack, tubular side steps, water-resistant seats, and Trail Package badging. An Urban Runner package is also available on the Sport, which includes the same TomTom equipped stereo system as offered in the Trail Edition, unique front and rear seating in Alcantara fabric and dark charcoal leatherette, 18-inch alloy wheels, black painted side steps and roof rails, and a unique rear spoiler.

Model Strengths

  • Towing and hauling ability
  • seating for up to seven
  • off-road ability.

Model Review

The Toyota 4Runner is offered in variants powered by V6 or V8 engines, and with rear- or 4-wheel drive. V6 models are powered by a 4.0L DOHC engine making 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, while V8 models have a 4.7L 'i-Force' V8 making 260 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have an intelligent variable valve timing system to improve response at low and mid revs, and both include a 5-speed automatic transmission that has an adaptable shift logic for conditions such as towing.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Toyota 4Runner on- and off-road in order to give you an expert opinion. Then, to bring you the most useful shopping advice, TheCarConnection.com read through a range of reviews from other sources and included the most useful highlights.

The 2009 Toyota 4Runner, a perennially popular off-roader, is offered in both two- and four-wheel-drive layouts, as well as SR5, Sport, or Limited trim levels.

With its upright profile and prominently flared wheel wells bearing off-road styling cues, the Toyota 4Runner holds up well. Its last major redesign came in 2003, and since then it's been awarded minor annual upgrades. Although the 2009 Toyota 4Runner lacks the ride quality of modern carlike crossover designs, it has responsive steering and handles well for such a tall vehicle, and the interior is relatively quiet.

The 2009 Toyota 4Runner comes standard with a 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing (VVTi). The optional engine is a 260-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8, also equipped with VVTi. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox, and both deliver satisfying acceleration, though the V-6 is a bit noisier than the especially smooth, refined V-8. Beware that fuel economy is significantly lower with the V-8; it's rated at 14 mpg city, 17 mpg highway with 4WD.

4Runners with four-wheel drive come with a series of electronic aids that help off-road performance, including Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), for moving from a standstill on a slippery slope, and Down-hill Assist Control (DAC), for moderating speed in downhill off-road situations.

The interior of 2009 4Runners is clean and simple, but some of the materials feel cheap for a vehicle whose price can exceed $40,000. A third-row seat is available throughout the 2009 Toyota 4Runner line, but as one of the smallest designs, it doesn't leave much room for cargo or stow away neatly. Otherwise, seating in the first and second rows is adequate, but the interior feels tighter than its outside dimensions might suggest.

With four stars in the federal frontal test and a commendable five stars for side impact, the 2009 Toyota 4Runner scores well in crash tests. The typically tougher insurance-affiliated IIHS tests award top "good" results in both frontal and side impact, though the 4Runner gets "poor" results in the IIHS rear-impact test. The 2000 Toyota 4Runner's list of standard safety equipment includes an automatic limited slip differential (on 2WD models) for improved traction in slippery conditions, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, hill descent control, vehicle skid control, and traction control. Other standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.

Standard interior features on the Urban Runner package include an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and a detachable TomTom personal navigation unit. The system offers WMA/MP3 CD capability, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio capability, and available iPod connectivity. The package's exterior cues include 18-inch six-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a color-keyed grille, Urban Runner badging, XREAS Sport Enhanced Suspension badging, a chrome exhaust tip, black-painted tubular side steps, and a tubular roof rack with crossbars.

Top Limited models focus on adding interior conveniences, such as leather heated seats, dual-zone climate control, a premium sound system, and a 115-volt AC power outlet. Top options include a 10-speaker JBL sound system, a navigation system, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, a power moonroof, and a variety of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) performance accessories.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Toyota 4Runner isn't as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it's a good, safe choice.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

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12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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