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Body and Design - Toyota 4Runner

The resemblance to previous generations of 4Runners continues. You'll know this one is a 4Runner the minute you see it. But you'll probably have to park it beside an old 4Runner before you'll be able to identify exactly where and how it's different. So strong are the Toyota genes that its roots are immediately apparent even though it doesn't share a single body panel with the last model. 

Previous 4Runners were not great beauties. The 2003 is no exception but its classic styling should wear well. It comes in two trim levels - the base SR5 and the upscale Limited. 

Toyota 4Runners have always been built on a truck chassis, that is, body-on-frame. Previous 4Runners were based on the Tacoma truck line. The new models are, however, based on the somewhat larger Land Cruiser Prado - a model not available in North America. 

A lot of attention has been paid to user convenience. The rear hatch door includes a new electric release switch for easy door opening and a power assisted hatch closer. No slamming needed. Also new is an remote-controllable auto up/down function of the rear hatch window, which includes (finger) jam protection.

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