4runners are reliable, but maintenance costs can be quite high.
The 2003 Toyota 4runner I have is a sport 2wd automatic with a V8. It has cloth seats (very comfortable and easy to maintain) and most of the important features are mechanical as opposed to electrical. I prefer a 4runner this way, as mechanical accouterments tend to be built more robustly and last quite a bit longer (usually even out-living the vehicle). The engine is strong and powerful, but is definitely not frugal in the fuel department. (ironically, the 6-cylinder model of this generation of 4runner wasn't much better in fuel economy, only out-performing the V8 engine by one or two gallons per mile on the whole. ) Overall, the 4runner is a superb SUV that is rugged, sturdy, and stable off-road, while retaining a level of refinement that Toyota is adamant about maintaining. The 4runner series in this model generation begins with the sr5 model which is, even as the base model, loaded with excellent creature comforts. Above that, the sport model with many upgraded feature. It is most prominent upgrade being the x-reas sports suspension (the first time such a suspension was ever included in a mass-produced vehicle), which has a push-me/pull-you type of design, keeping the vehicle stable and level on the street or off-road. Toyota vehicle are, for the most part, quite reliable; however their maintenance costs may be cost-prohibitive for some. Preventative maintenance is recommended. Use mobile-1 oil a the very least and your engine will remain very happy. Use xado 1-stage engine and transmission treatments every 6 months and it will run like new. 4runners are difficult to find used a market-reasonable prices, and for good reason. They are built like tanks and can outperform many other similar vehicles on the road, even today.