"My first Toyota because I've always wanted a 4Runner... one of the last of the 'real' body-on-frame SUV's. Let me just say that I fell in love with this vehicle from the first few minutes of the test drive. The ride is so comfortable (despite what other reviews might say) and it handles our plentiful PA potholes very well.
I am a computer tech by trade and have been for 20+ years so technology doesn't intimidate me, but I wanted an SUV that *didn't* have loads of bells and whistles in the cockpit- I just wanted a highly dependable 6-cylinder SUV that was comfortable, safe to drive, and user-friendly without needing a tech manual, and the 4Runner ticked all those boxes.
It does sit higher than some of the more 'family-friendly' 4-cylinder cars but I like that. At 5'5" I can still easily get in and out without using the running boards. As mentioned, the electronics on the dash are intuitive- you'll understand 95% of them right away without needing to ever crack the manual or Google how to use them. Some of the off-road features (DAC, A-Trac) are still a mystery but I don't plan to do any serious off-roading, anyway.
Gas mileage is pitiful, but I knew it would be and don't care. I average almost 18 MPG around town and 24 highway.
I've had my new 4Runner for almost 3 months and have no regrets. I love my Bright Silver beast!"