Although, technically, this is the sixth-generation Toyota 4Runner, all the significant changes are purely cosmetic. In fact, the chassis and powertrain are identical to the fifth-generation model, with a few interior and exterior design changes and multimedia upgrades leading the "what's new for 2014" list.
You have to give Toyota credit. At a time when other manufacturers are morphing their SUVs into fuel-efficient crossovers, the 2014 4Runner stays true to its SUV heritage (on par with Toyota's smaller FJ Cruiser and larger Land Cruiser) while incorporating a few personality-softening design cues.
The 4Runner's most significant changes are a new grille, headlight and bumper treatment with an updated gauge cluster and rounded center stack inside. Because the chassis and powertrain are unchanged, the driving portion of my time with the 4Runner wasn't as important as getting a chance to check out the changes to this midsize player.