I don't know much about the 4runner. They do seem a bit more cramped to me since the floor seems higher, probably to make room for the frame.
I can tell you that the handling and drive characteristics of the 96 4x4 XE Pathy are great! Probably because it's a unit body design has a lot to do with it not feeling like it's a truck.
One notable observation: My early 4x4 has a soft, comfortable suspension and despite that, when I roll it into a sweeping turn it leans over predictably and just carves through in a smart well sorted manner. It has very balanced weight distribution and predictable handling. I love it! To me it drives like a well sorted family sedan.
Later 4x2 models have much firmer suspensions. My friend has an 04 and I don't like the harshness at all. It seems like Nissan thought that they'd make a 'sporty' ride, but to me it's just too jarring. I think trucks should be comfortable 1st and sproty 2nd.
I've been a car nut for over 20 years and have had many sporty cars and motorcycles. After 13 years of ownershipI'm still amazed at how good of a job Nissan did making a two ton four wheel drive handle on the road, and I'm still on all the original suspension components, tires however are now Michellin Cross Terrain, 265s I believe. These tires are awesome for mostly road and light off road use!
Last edited by sonyslave; Jun 1st, 2009 at 04:48 AM.