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2003 Toyota 4Runner Mid-Size SUV

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Toyota rolls out an entirely new design for the mid-size 4Runner SUV in 2003 that's larger and more comfortable than the previous edition and packing more muscle from either a new V6 or big V8 engine. Top version adopts the 4.7-liter iForce V8 and full-time 4WD system found in Land Cruiser. The plant delivers 235 hp and big torque numbers. A new 4.0-liter V6 is also available, pumping 245 hp as one of the strongest six-packs for the mid-size wagon class. An electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission goes with the V6 but a new five-speed automatic works on the V8. Both 2WD and 4WD versions of 4Runner are offered. For the V6 a multi-mode 4WD system with limited-slip center differential can selectively switch between 4WD and 2WD modes. The V8's 4WD is a full-time system as used by Land Cruiser. Also included with all 4WD 4Runners is integrated electronic traction control, plus both Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HSAC) systems. The 2WD 4Runner adds a computer-controlled Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) system to stem lateral slippage. Side-impact and curtain-style side air bags are optional for any of the trims -- SR5, Sport and deluxe Limited.