(TORONTO, ON – September 11, 2012) The 4Runner helped establish Toyota’s reputation for building trucks that conquer the toughest weather and driving conditions on the planet. And the tradition continues with the rugged and capable 2013 Toyota 4Runner – enhanced with electronic four-wheel-drive selection system on most models, a new audio system, and upgraded options packages.
 
“This year, we offer the 4Runner buyer more value and more choice – including a choice of five- or seven-person configurations of our very popular, top trim level Toyota 4Runner Limited,” noted Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director, Toyota Canada Inc. “Whether it’s the 4Runner SR5 or a 4Runner enhanced with one of four available options packages, Canadian drivers know they can count on Toyota for an authentic, powerful SUV that delivers quality and dependability, day in and day out.”
 
Every 2013 Toyota 4Runner features a proven and reliable 4.0 Liter V6 that delivers a peak 270 horsepower and up to 278 lb-ft of torque. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, Sequential Multiport Electronic Fuel Injection and other systems maximize power and efficiency, while the battery, starter, alternator and heater are all heavy-duty models designed for durability and reliable performance.
 
All drive trains feature a five-speed automatic Super ECT transmissions with overdrive, lock up torque converter and dedicated transmission cooler, plus on-demand four-wheel drive with an automatic disconnecting differential for seamless, on-the-fly shifting between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. This configuration delivers a combined city/highway fuel efficiency of 11.2 L / 100 KM.
 
The 4Runner’s suspension system delivers offroad driving confidence, while providing a surprisingly comfortable ride on the open road. Up front, an independent double-wishbone system features shock absorbers, coil springs and a stabilizer bar. At the back, a four-link suspension with shocks and springs is enhanced with a stabilizer bar.
 
Meantime, special underbody plates protect the engine, fuel tank and transfer case from off-road hazards.
 
Safety is always standard on a Toyota, so every 4Runner features eight airbags (dual-stage driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger knee, front seat mounted side, and roll-sensing front and rear head/side curtain) plus Active Front Headrests with Whiplash Protection, anchor points for child seats, child protector rear door locks, and a direct tire pressure monitoring system. As with every new Toyota since 2011, the 2013 4Runner is also standard equipped with the six active safety technologies of the Star Safety System: Antilock Brake System, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Active Traction Control and Smart Stop Technology work together to help drivers avoid potential accident situations. Additional handling and control technologies include Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.
 
The Toyota 4Runner comes standard as an SR5 grade – with comfort, convenience and style features. These include: air conditioning; premium cloth-covered seats, including power-adjustable front-row seats and a 40/20/40 split fold/down and reclining rear seat; power door locks with keyless entry; power windows with auto up/down function on all windows; a power rear hatch window with auto up and jam protection; instrumentation including tachometer, fuel economy meter, eco-drive monitor, digital compass, outside temperature gauge, multi-information display and trip computer; dual illuminated vanity mirrors; tilting and telescoping steering column; plenty of thoughtful in-cabin storage, including front centre console box, plus tie-down rings and side storage compartments in the cargo area; map lamps; integrated garage door opener; front tow hook; 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; dual, power adjustable, heated, and foldable exterior mirrors; running boards and a rear step bumper; roof rails; front and rear splash guards and fender flares; a rear spoiler; a towing hitch; a 5,000 lb tow package with 4+7 pin connectors, trailer brake controller prewire, and transmission fluid temperature gauge; fog lamps; and more.
 
New for 2013, every 4Runner features an upgraded eight-speaker audio system featuring AM/FM/CD with mp3/WMA capability, auxiliary audio and USB audio inputs, Bluetooth capability, integrated XM Satellite Radio, a “party mode” setting and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. And with the exception of the 4Runner Trail Edition, all models now feature an electronic switch to easily select between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive modes.
 
The 2013 4Runner may also be fitted with a choice of four available options packages:
  • The Upgrade Package adds an enhanced 6.1” Display Audio System that’s new for the 2013 model year, featuring artist, song and album art display from iPods and iPhones, SMS-to-Speech and Email-to-Speech capabilities, navigation, advanced voice recognition, and phonebook and streaming audio access via Bluetooth. It also adds: 3rd row seats for seven passenger capacity, plus leather seat surfaces and heated front seats; a back-up camera; power moon roof; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; anti-theft system; a rear door courtesy lamp; and more.
     
  • The Trail Edition delivers maximum go-anywhere confidence, with: a lever-type four-wheel-drive selector; four-wheel crawl control; multi-terrain ABS; Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS); offroad style wheels; water repellant seat fabric; two 120V/400W power outlets; high-visibility Optitron instrumentation gauges; a hood scoop; unique matte black bumpers, exterior mirrors, roof rack, fog lamp surround, and front grille; tonneau cover; cargo net and sliding cargo area tray; smoked headlamp and tail lamp surrounds; an enhanced 6.1” Display Audio System that’s new for the 2013 model year, featuring artist, song and album art display from iPods and iPhones, SMS-to-Speech and Email-to-Speech capabilities, navigation, advanced voice recognition, and phonebook and streaming audio access via Bluetooth;  a back-up camera; power moon roof; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; anti-theft system; a rear door courtesy lamp; and more.
     
  • The Limited Package 5-Passenger adds: full-time four-wheel drive; X-REAS sport suspension; 20” aluminum alloy wheels with locks and P245/60R20 all-season tires; Dual zone automatic climate control; a JBL audio system with four-disc CD changer, 15 speakers and subwoofer; the Toyota Smart Key System with front door touch sensor lock/unlock and Push Button Start; a voice-activated DVD navigation system; XM Real-Time Traffic capability; high-visibility Optitron instrumentation gauges; chrome, limited edition front grille plus chrome door handles, rear trim and fog lamp surround; unique running boards; roof rails with chrome trim; leather seat surfaces and heated front seats; a back-up camera; power moon roof; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; anti-theft system; and a rear door courtesy lamp; and more.
     
  • The Limited Package 7-Passenger includes all features in the Limited Package 5-Passenger, plus a third-row seat.
     
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For more information on features and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/4runner
 
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every vehicle starting in 2011. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.