• 4th Gen 4Runner vs. 2nd Gen Tacoma: My 3-Year Comparison

    4th Gen 4Runner vs. 2nd Gen Tacoma: My 3-Year Comparison

    The Toyota 4runner and Tacoma are two of the most popular 4×4 vehicles of all time. They’ve earned this reputation by offering versatile capability along with legendary reliability. While I believe most of us Toyota enthusiasts respect all of the models, there has indeed been a long-standing rivalry with people questioning which is better –…

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  • Is Ceramic Coating Worth It? The Unbiased Truth [2024 UPDATE]

    Is Ceramic Coating Worth It? The Unbiased Truth [2024 UPDATE]

    In many cases, ceramic coating your paint is absolutely worth the price. It provides great protection against contaminants and minor scratches, all while making the vehicle much easier to clean up. Coatings aren’t for every car or owner though. It really comes down to how you use and care for it. During my detailing years,…

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  • Readers’ Rides: Ryan’s 2006 4Runner

    Readers’ Rides: Ryan’s 2006 4Runner

    I get a lot of submissions for the #roastmyrunner video series on YouTube and I decided to start posting some of them here in their own feature article. We’re kicking this off with Ryan (aka Dusty4r on Instagram) His 2006 V6 has seen 277,000 miles so far and likely with many more to go. Judging…

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  • The Story Of How The Toyota Tacoma Got Its Name

    The Story Of How The Toyota Tacoma Got Its Name

    The Toyota Tacoma’s name has a history as intriguing as the pickup itself, tracing back to the Coast Salish people’s original name for Mount Rainier in Washington State. This name celebrates the big, beautiful landform and shows that the truck is strong and dependable. It gives the truck a tough vibe that matches its ability…

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  • PHOTOS: Toyota’s Winners and Losers at CIAS

    PHOTOS: Toyota’s Winners and Losers at CIAS

    I was able to attend Media Day at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this year and as you’d expect, nearly all the content I captured was from the Toyota booth. Now, please keep in mind that this coverage is coming from the perspective of a Toyota enthusiast, not an automotive journalist (I’m not…

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  • 9 Ways to Prevent Your Toyota 4Runner From Being Stolen

    9 Ways to Prevent Your Toyota 4Runner From Being Stolen

    If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly thinking of ways to prevent your Toyota 4Runner from being stolen. We worked hard to earn our rigs, and the thought of it disappearing is a hard pill to swallow. No matter where you live, the possibility of auto theft looms, and it pays to be proactive in…

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  • Tuffy Console Safe Review: Securing My Tacoma!

    Tuffy Console Safe Review: Securing My Tacoma!

    Today, I’m reviewing the Tuffy console safe and rear lockbox for the Toyota Tacoma. We live in a world where simply locking our doors is only enough to keep the honest people honest. Seasoned criminals have no problem breaking a window or finding another way into your vehicle if they want to get in badly…

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  • When to Upgrade Your 4Runner or Tacoma Upper Control Arms

    When to Upgrade Your 4Runner or Tacoma Upper Control Arms

    Upgrading your 4Runner or Tacoma’s upper control arms is only required if you’ve lifted it to the point where you can no longer get the alignment in spec. This typically happens at more than 2″ of suspension lift. I’m still running factory upper control arms on my 4Runner because even though the alignment isn’t perfect,…

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  • Toyota Tacoma Vs. Hilux: Here’s The Difference

    Toyota Tacoma Vs. Hilux: Here’s The Difference

    As the proud owner of a 2nd generation Tacoma myself, I can attest to the fact that it is not the same as a Toyota Hilux underneath. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing depending on your priorities. Sure, there are many cases where automakers will give the same vehicle a…

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  • My Predictions For The 6TH GEN Toyota 4Runner

    My Predictions For The 6TH GEN Toyota 4Runner

    Last year, Toyota truck lovers were blessed with announcements about the all-new Tacoma, Land Cruiser, and Lexus GX550 models being released in 2024. Oddly, we have yet to hear much about the beloved 4Runner. I believe Toyota will break their silence on the 6th Gen 4Runner this year, with hopes that it’ll be revealed as…

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  • How Did the Toyota 4Runner Get Its Name?

    How Did the Toyota 4Runner Get Its Name?

    It’s believed that the meaning behind the name “4Runner” refers to two very basic concepts: the vehicle’s 4 wheel drive system and its ability to travel off-road at speed… or “run”. The Toyota 4Runner stands as a significant name in the world of rugged SUVs, with its origins tracing back to the mid-1980s. At the…

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