The 4Runner is an SUV icon, and the way the freshly 2010 model satisfies its owners demonstrates why. 4Runner does well in areas critical to SUV owners including durability, overall quality, safety features, reliability/dependability, and overall satisfaction.
In creating the new 2010 4Runner, Toyota has clearly paid attention to the factors that have made the nameplate such a longtime success – one that brings loyal owners back time and time again.
For a complete list of winners and description of the Awards, click here.
“The winner of the 2009 Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle award is the Toyota 4Runner. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as the 4Runner won the same award last year. And the year before that. A three-time winner, the 4Runner is highly rated on attributes that make it an outstanding product, and also an outstanding proposition from a financial standpoint as well.” – AutoPacific
“The 4Runner has best-in-segment ownership costs with the best retained value in the segment and lowest fuel costs.” – IntelliChoice
Owner Satisfaction Highlights
• Overall Quality
• Durable/Long Lasting
• Brand and Vehicle Reputation
• Overall Satisfaction
• Best-in-Segment Ownership Costs
• Best Retained Value
• Lowest Fuel Costs
AutoPacific’s 2008 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards results are in. AutoPacific’s awards collect the opinions of OWNERS. There is no subjectivity added by AutoPacific at all.
Truck-Based Traditional SUVs Most Satisfying
As usual, there are expected winners and unexpected losers, but let’s take a look at some overall results that will surprise many of you.
The vehicle type with the highest Vehicle Satisfaction Score is the Traditional Sport Utility Vehicle category. These are truck-based SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade
, Toyota Sequoia
, Ford Explorer
, Toyota 4Runner
, Kia Sorento
, HUMMER H3
and Toyota FJ Cruiser
. In fact, the Toyota Sequoia was the top scoring vehicle – car or truck – in AutoPacific’s 2008 Vehicle Satisfaction results.
Car-Based Crossover SUVs More Satisfying than Cars, Minivans, Pickups
The second highest scoring category was the Crossover Sport Utility Vehicle category. These are car-based SUVs like the Audi Q7
, BMW X3
, Acura RDX
, Buick Enclave
, GMC Acadia
, Hyundai Veracruz
, Suzuki XL-7
, Ford Edge
, Saturn Vue
, Toyota RAV4
and Nissan Rogue
. Crossovers are the response by the automakers to make more user-friendly SUVs and in 2006 Crossover SUVs began outselling Traditional SUVs… a trend that will not be reversed.
Rated substantially behind SUVs are Cars, Minivans and Pickups.
Clearly, even in times of high and increasing fuel prices, SUVs are here to stay. Their Swiss Army Knife utility guarantees they will be a central part of a high many family fleets in the future. The continuing jihad against SUVs has failed again!
Toyota 4Runner Wins AutoPacific 2007 Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles:
“The Toyota 4Runner is a relatively traditional Mid-Size SUV with body-on-frame construction capable of heavy duty towing and off-roading,” says AutoPacific president George Peterson. ?Owner ratings suggest that the 4Runner has a lot of strengths, and few weaknesses. It was rated highly for Quality, Reliability and Durability, but it also rated well for both Power/Acceleration and Fuel Economy. In none of the 46 attributes studied was the 4Runner below segment average. Pretty impressive!”
Remember the first Pathfinder? The two-door model with the refinement of a skateboard? Well the 2006 Pathfinder has long since grown up. The current (redesigned in 2005) model has come a long way from the earlier testosterone versions. Sitting on the “F-Alpha” family platform like the Xterra, Armada, Frontier and Titan, this new Frontier performs with more comfort and sophistication than any of its predecessors.