Recently, my Toyota 4Runner was destroyed by a cruel turn of fate (incidentally, fate was driving a minivan, and made this cruel turn left from the far-right lane). As its final act of goodwill, it gave its life protecting those within. Here’s to the good times, and to the two cross-country trips it witnessed.
The 4Runner made it to at least fifteen U.S. states, and we’re not talking about the tiny northeastern ones: places like California, Colorado, Montana, Alabama, with many stops in between. It went from swamps to deserts to mountains, seeing the Grand Canyon and the redwoods. It held up well, and Toyota is to be commended on their quality, even if they don’t always have the most frills.
So when it came time to select a successor, safety, reliability, and economy were of the utmost concern, while not neglecting cargo room. Ultimately, the 2013 Honda CR-V EX-L won out. It’s a crossover with less capacity and off-road capability than the 4Runner, but with more amenities and family-friendly features. And the design has come a long way over the last ten years.
Here’s to many more years of (slightly more practical) adventures. Happy Independence Day!