For 2006, the Toyota 4Runner receives several enhancements, including revised headlamps, bumpers, LED rear combination lamps, grille, fog lamps and fender flares; Limited V6 and V8 models receive 18-inch alloy wheels, and a memory function on the driver’s seat and side mirrors; the SR5 V8 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment; a Sport Package for the SR5 V6 and V8 includes power seats and in-dash six-CD changer; and all sound systems now include a mini-plug and MP3 player.

Based on the Prado, a Land Cruise model unavailable in North America, the 4Runner is a body-on-frame truck that features part-time four-wheel-drive on V6 models and full-time 4WD with a Torsen limited-slip centre differential that can be locked by the driver on V8 models. Engine choices are a 4.0-litre V6 or a 4.7-litre V8 that’s based on the powerplant used in the Sequoia SUV. Despite its truck construction, the 4Runner’s handling is surprisingly lively and its suspension soaks up bumps for a smooth ride. It’s also seriously off-road capable, with high and low range, hill-start assist control and downhill assist control.

Both V6 and V8 models are offered in SR5 or Limited trim. The SR5 includes CD/MP3 player with six speakers, automatic climate control, cloth seats, 60/40 split rear bench, power windows, power rear hatch window with auto-up, power locks, tilt steering wheel, cargo cover, carpeted floor mats, cruise control, keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, side window defoggers, privacy glass, power mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and intermittent rear wiper/washer.

The Limited adds premium stereo with ten speakers and wheel-mounted controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, power passenger seat, leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic wheel, double-decker cargo floor, 115-volt power outlet, key lockout protection, side and curtain airbags, anti-theft system, 18-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlamps.

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