Toyota 4Runner; Off Road to the Grocery Store

Just the other week we were off on a little adventure exploring Vancouver Island (more on that here) and for this trip we were once again fortunate to partner with the Open Road Auto group for our trip. (Read past partnerships here and here). For this adventure we partnered with one of the newest additions to the Open Road Auto group, Open Road Toyota Abbotsford located in the Fraser Valley Auto mall. For our trip we were given a 2018 Toyota 4Runner to test out. 

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner; Off Road to the Grocery Store

Having never driven a Toyota before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when driving it. The sales team at the dealership gave me a quick once over of the vehicle and all of it’s features, making sure I was set up on the Bluetooth right away. A key feature, because we all know I have to have Taylor Swift on repeat for my backseat singalong crew. After that it was just me and the open highway home. 

As soon as my foot lifted off the brake and onto the gas, it was very apparent that it was different from previous SUV’s I had driven. As I started down the highway I quickly noticed that I was also sitting a lot higher up, and almost even to most trucks that I was passing. I found the 4Runner to drive less like a SUV and more like a truck. 

Toyota 4Runner

Now most car enthusiasts would be quick to chime in that it is built off a similar frame as the Toyota Tacoma, so it’s only natural for it to drive like a truck, it’s just not what I expected. However, I actually really enjoyed it. It felt big, it drove smooth and I found it to have less blind spots than I am used to in other SUV’s. 

As for bells and whistles and all the top tech features, we found the model we were driving, the SR5 to be slightly limited in that department. It did have heated seats, heated mirrors and a navigation system but it seemed to stop there. This being said the Limited and the Nightshade editions have the extra features like push start ignition and dual zone climate control. 

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner the Perfect Compromise 

The Toyota 4Runner SR5 we had, had the 3rd row seating in it. Even with the third row up the seating area was quite spacious and two adults could sit in the back quite comfortably. As for most SUV’s once that third row was up the storage space was fairly limited however there was still enough for everyday errands, groceries, backpacks, a compact stroller etc. 

One thing we did notice in the Toyota 4Runner, was that it had limited head space. My husband is 6’3” and only had an inch or two to spare when it came to clearance on the roof. What it did lack for in headspace it made up for in width though. Because it is more of a square design, we found it to be a bit roomier on the sides. This made it easier for us to fit three carseats across the middle bench, and also made for more storage space in the back. 

While we only had the Toyota 4Runner for a handful of days, we all throughly enjoyed it. Both my husband and I enjoyed the smooth ride and plenty of storage space. The kids loved that it was white (not sure where they get that from). It very quickly went from not even being on our radar for when we purchase a second vehicle to the top contender. 

For someone like myself who enjoys the off road capabilities, and storage space and feel of driving a truck but doesn’t enjoy dealing with a tailgate (strollers and tailgates don’t go) the Toyota 4Runner is the perfect compromise. 

As it was mentioned on my Instagram when I shared the other week (see it here), while it’s an all around family vehicle the Toyota 4Runner is a straight up sexy beast. 

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4 Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Xo. Andria

{Disclosure this post was done in partnership with Open Road Toyota Abbotsford, however all opinions are my own.}

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