The third-generation Toyota 4Runner off-road vehicle (internal designation N180) went into mass production in 1995, but if externally it resembled a predecessor, technically it had little in common with him, moving away from the Hilux pickup truck. In 2001, the car has undergone a slight update, which made cosmetic changes in appearance and interior and added new equipment to the list of equipment and then left the assembly line a year later.
The “Third 4Runner” belongs to the class of compact off-road vehicles, and it was offered exclusively in a five-door body version. The “Japanese” has a length of 4656 mm, its width does not exceed 1689 mm and the height is 1715 mm. The front axle is remote from the rear axle at a distance of 2675 mm, and the ground clearance in the equipped condition reaches an impressive 240 mm.
The Toyota 4Runner of the third generation was equipped with gasoline atmospheric engines – “four” with a capacity of 2.7 liters, developing from 152 to 182 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque, as well as 3.4-liter V-shaped “six” with an output equal to 185 “horses” and 294 Nm of thrust.
It was available for a 3.0-liter off-road and 125-horsepower turbodiesel, producing 295 Nm of peak torque.
The engines were equipped with 5-speed “mechanics” or 4-speed “automat”, rear or all-wheel drive (both part-time and full-time).
The basis for the “third 4Runner” is the “trolley” from Land Cruiser Prado “70-series”. An independent suspension with paired triangular levers and screw springs is used on the front axle, and a dependent spring construction with Panar traction is used at the rear.
The rack and pinion steering mechanisms are equipped with a hydraulic booster. The braking system is formed by disc and drum devices on the front and rear wheels respectively, ABS is provided by default.
Owners of the 3rd generation Toyota 4Runner note that the car has a high level of reliability, excellent off-road capabilities, traction motors, solid appearance, and low cost of repair and maintenance.
But the car is not without its disadvantages – high fuel consumption, poor soundproofing, uncomfortable rear sofa, and weak front light.