Welcome to Generation Gap where we ask you about your favorite generation of a certain multi-generational car nameplate. Then, explain why your choice is right to the rest of us uneducated folks.


The last time we did a Generation Gap article, it was the Ford Explorer that took center stage. However, as the Explorer was converted to a unibody crossover in its latest iteration to cater to the softening American market, this truck stuck to its roots and has soldiered on as a true SUV. Originally built on the mechanicals from the indestructible Hilux, this was one of the vehicles that helped cement Toyota’s reputation for reliability. Yes, it’s the widely popular and universally beloved 4Runner! Which of its generations appeals to you the best?

The options:

First Generation [1984 - 1989] N60

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Second Generation [1989 - 1995] N120/130 (facelift)

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Third Generation [1995 - 2002] N180 (facelift)

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Fourth Generation [2002 - 2009] N210 (facelift)

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Fifth Generation [2009 - Present] N280 (facelift)

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