2010 TOYOTA 4RUNNER SR5 V6 4×4
Urban and suburban road warriors looking for off-road capabilities have many choices with which to get dirty, the Toyota 4Runner is one of the more popular choices. This latest 4Runner is a capable, well-sized unit that manages to do everything from working as a mobile office to the hauler of a rash of rugrats
Now into its fifth generation, the 4Runner is based on a platform that is shared with the FJ Cruiser, world-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and the Lexus GX 460.
4Runner’s 4.0-liter V6 engine churns and burns to the tune of 270 horsepower, and 278 lb-ft. of twist, this latest model is more than adequately powered for plowing through sloppy roads, muddy trails and various grades of off-roading. The engine, which has 34 more horses than the 2009, uses Toyota’s Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVTi) to increase power and decrease fuel consumption.
PININFARINA NIDO EV PROTOTYPE
The Nido EV is motivated by a 30 kilowatt electric motor, which drives the rear wheels, much like the Smart ForTwo conspicuously chooses to use. Unlike most hybrids which make use of lithium-ion batteries, the Nideo EV turns to a nickel-salt Zebra battery, weighing 400 lbs and capable of 21.2 kilowatt-hour capacity.
The result, is a 87 mile range and a very respectable zero to 60 time of just 6.7 seconds.