The town of Caribou, Colorado is at about 2 miles above sea level, and today it is just another spooky Colorado ghost town.
But when Colorado was still the Wild West, about 130 years ago, Caribou was a mining boom-town.
now it is 2010 and here we are in Caribou with the all new 5th
generation of the iconic Toyota 4Runner (and it is -16 degrees and Caribou is covered in fresh snow). So did we bring the right test car to this long forgotten town.
Today sales of truck based
SUVs, like the 4Runner, have fallen out of favor with buyers opting for
the more car-like crossovers.
We can’t help but wonder if this rough and ready “old school” SUV will end up like this rough and ready ghost town?
But perhaps more importantly is the new 4Runner up to the task of climbing a snow covered mountain above the snow covered ghost town?
Curious? Find out by watching the video below.
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2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4X4
Price as Tested: $36,634.00
Engine: 4.0L DOHC 24V w/ Dual VVT-i Engine
Transmission: 5-speed automatic transmission with ECT-i
G-Tac Test Data test at 5430 feet above sea level
1/4 Mile: 18.00 seconds at 76 mph
0-60 mph: 10.88
60-0: 104 ft
Max Acceleration: 0.58 g’s
EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 22 mpg
Combined: 19 mpg
As tested: 18.4 mpg
CO2 per year: 13,810 lbs