September's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Sales were up in September for most automakers as the 2015 model year starts to become more prevalent throughout the country's car dealerships. This is the time of year that many popular nameplates from BMW, Toyota and Honda, for example, switch to the new model year. This move definitely had an impact our list of the fastest-selling cars.

Related Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2014

As usual, the fastest-selling cars were made up of a lot of performance cars and luxury models. There also were a considerable number of new mainstream cars on the list, but almost all were Japanese models such as the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. Only seven of the top 25 fastest-selling cars were from domestic automakers and two of those seven were both Cadillac Escalades.

By David Thomas | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota 4Runner Real-World Cargo Space


The off-road-ready 2014 Toyota 4Runner packs a fair amount of cargo room for an SUV geared toward rugged dirt duty. The five- or seven-occupant 4Runner's maximum 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space is actually a wee bit more than the family-focused eight-person 2014 Toyota Highlander's 83.7 cubic feet.

Related: 2014 Toyota 4Runner Expert Review

Though redesigned for 2014, the changes are mostly cosmetic and a number of the 4Runner's interesting cargo features carry over, including the available sliding rear cargo deck on five-person 4Runners that supports more than 400 pounds and slides out of the rear hatch area. The sliding cargo floor makes it easier to cope with the tall off-road-friendly ride height. See how well common items fit into the 4Runner's cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota 4Runner: Car Seat Check


The Toyota 4Runner sticks to its SUV roots with a mostly cosmetic redesign for model-year 2014. While its tall step-in height might make it a difficult sell to some families, the full-size SUV fits three car seats across its second row. The 4Runner seats five passengers in two rows. A third row is optional but wasn't available in our test car.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

More Car Seat Checks

By Jennifer Newman | May 13, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Toyota 4Runner Ups Family Value With Third Row


Once a feature reserved for behemoth full-size SUVs, the third row is fast becoming a staple of the midsize crossover segment as automakers make a play for larger families. For 2014, Toyota has added an optional third row to its redesigned 4Runner.

2014 Toyota 4Runner: First Drive

Combined with fresh exterior and interior styling, the optional third row makes this SUV known for its off-roading abilities into a versatile family-hauler. Far-fetched, you think? Consider the Nissan Pathfinder's recent transformation from tough SUV to family-friendly crossover and then tell me this is impossible.

For me, a third row's worth comes down to two factors: access and fit. In other words, how easily can a person get into it and how well does that person fit.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | March 12, 2014 | Comments (4)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show ended Monday, but our videos from the nation's largest car exhibition continue to be popular. Nos. 1 and 3 both feature Editor Mark Williams checking out the TRD Pro Package off-road editions of Toyota trucks in action on the Japanese automaker's expansive indoor off-roading track at the Windy City show. The 2015 Tundra and Tacoma's demonstrations took the first-place spot with the 4Runner's in third. Meanwhile, reviewer Kelsey Mays' auto-show intro to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sedan checked in at No. 2. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 MW
5. 2015 GMC Sierra HD

By Matt Schmitz | February 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota 4Runner Gets 30th Anniversary Discounts


Toyota will commemorate the 30th anniversary of its 4Runner — which the automaker introduced as a 1984 ½ model — with discounts of up to $1,000 on the rugged SUV.

2014 Toyota 4Runner Review

Regardless of driveline (rear- or four-wheel drive), SR5 and Trail models are eligible for a $500 discount. SR5 Premium and Trial Premium models get $750 off, while Limited models get $1,000 off. The incentives are available now.

Prior to the 30th anniversary deal, Toyota listed no January incentives nationwide on the SUV. The automaker's press release was light on specifics, but Toyota spokesman Sam Butto said the deal will continue through 2014.

By Kelsey Mays | February 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series Video

Thanks to Toyota's expansive indoor off-roading course at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Editor Mark Williams got to see the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series in action conquering steep inclines, fording water obstacles and crawling rock. The true test of the special-package SUV won't come until we get behind the wheel and off the road ourselves, but in the meantime, Williams was able to take note of its new FJ Cruiser-style grille, aluminum skid plating underneath, heavy-duty shocks, aggressive-tread tires and TRD Pro badging.

More 2014 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

The otherwise basic interior adds a unique shifter, floormats and contrast stitching. Watch the video above to see the 4Runner tackle the indoor off-road track at the auto show.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Does the Toyota 4Runner Have Captain's Chairs?

"Does the Toyota 4Runner have captain's chairs?"


By Rick Popely | November 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3) Reviews the 2014 Toyota 4Runner


The 2014 Toyota 4Runner fancies itself the sixth generation of the off-road SUV, but it really just had a nip and a tuck to look younger. Editor Mark Williams says the 4Runner's cosmetic enhancements are quality ones, most notably the new grille with its wider, gaping lower section and narrowed, reshaped headlights. Going unchanged is the 4Runner's confident, capable performance on inhospitable terrain, lest anyone mistake it for just another pretty face-lift.

2014 Toyota 4Runner Review

By Matt Schmitz | September 16, 2013 | Comments (10)

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