I was talking to a friend the other day about my transition from owning an Audi A4 (an incredible, fine automobile with comfort, style, and amazing road handling) to owning a Toyota 4Runner. I told him that while there are things I really liked about the Audi, I absolutely adore the 4Runner. “But didn’t the Audi get better gas mileage?” he asked.
If what you’re after is good gas mileage, then you’re missing the point of a 4Runner. It’s about the capabilities, not the fuel economy. Some are quick to point out that there are other SUV’s out there that get better gas mileage, and it’s true. However, I challenge any of those vehicles to be as capable, long-lasting, and have better aftermarket support than the 4Runner. Oh, and we won’t go into which vehicles hold their value over time better.
You see, owning and driving a 4Runner really is a lifestyle choice. It’s also not the least expensive choice. My 4Runner cost more than my top of the line Audi A4 and is more capable in varied environments. Well, except for handling corners at high speeds and acceleration, that is.
You don’t buy a 4Runner if you want fuel efficiency. You buy a 4Runner when your life is about exploring, adventure, and being prepared for anything life throws at you. For me, it’s the perfect vehicle.