Undoubtedly, the Toyota 4Runner continues to be one of the most endearing SUVs available

It is not only strong and capable, but also, and maybe most significantly, stylish.

The issue is that the fifth generation model, which went into production back in 2009

already out of date. Its five-speed automatic transmission has half as many gears

the new Ford Bronco's, and it receives fewer than 20 mpg on the interstate.

All of this means that an improvement for the 4Runner is long overdue from Toyota.