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Car Review: 2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5

SUV drivers could breathe a sigh of relief. It’s become cool again to want to ride high–something increasing gas prices of 2008 had sapped.

As oil prices remain steady-for the time being at least-Guardian Businessis giving the thumbs up for Toyota’s 2010 4Runner SR5.

The fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner is offered in three trim levels: SR5, Trail and Limited. Luckily for us in The Bahamas, Executive Motors is offering the vehicle locally.

For$52,995, sales representative Barry Pinder says the original rough-and-tumble SR5 is now at the Automall on Shirley Street. The vehicle retails at about$29,525 in the United States, but remember, with duty of 75 percent on the 4.0 liter vehicle, costs to import it could run you over$50,000.

Note, this vehicle has two engine options. There is the less powerful of the two a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, then the other size is a V6 engine. The V8 engines are carried no more.

Many reviewers, however, are suggesting most 4Runner buyers will prefer the V6’s power to the four-cylinder, arguing the smaller engine size was not much more efficient on gas and had power shortage issues.

It’s also said to be a good vehicle for those soccer moms with an extra third row of seats. It also has all the customary bells and whistles that give buyers the comforts they want, from color-keyed front and rear bumpers with chrome inserts to a utility roof rack with rail system.

Toyota also boasts of power-assisted 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with anti-lock brake system.

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