Awsome vehicle, PERFECT for Idaho, and people who love adventure.
I'll start off by admitting that I'm a big fan of Toyota Motors, more about that below. I have a 2018 Tundra that I love and now a 4Runner. Summer of 2021 we moved to Idaho to get away from the rat-race in California. I'm retired and love the outdoors and exploration, so I bought the 2021 4Runner after studying all four wheel drive vehicles on the market.
The 4Runner checks a lot of boxes. Reliable, agile, and capable off-road chops, check. Great daily driver, check. Cool looking and flexible adventure vehicle that can be modified to accommodate a wide range of outdoor activity, check. Can easily transport a family, check. Has huge cargo space when the seats are folded, and a very useful roof rack for hauling stuff, check. Great vehicle if you have dogs (rear window slides down for air too), check. A million aftermarket modifications and customizations available, check. Comfortable for long adventure trips, check. Very off road capable with four wheel drive, and low range, check. Even more capable with a rear locking diff and various off road modes on the higher models.
Depending on how your 4Runner is equipped you can go from off-road capable to highly off-road capable in the TRD Off Road Premium, and TRD Pro models.
How I decided on the 4Runner. I wanted to keep the purchase price down because I knew I wanted to add modifications and it would get used on forest roads. I thought about buying a Jeep Wrangler, but I have questions about reliability and comfort. The Bronco is a big vehicle and not proven. I briefly thought about buying a Lexus GS 460, but its just not as off road capable as the 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium, and it's more difficult to mod for off road, which is why my wife and I decided on the 4R. The 4Runner is a very flexible and capable vehicle, and would make an excellent family vehicle, but we wanted one for its capability and reliability.
I have had Lexus and Toyota vehicles for 30 years. Every time I buy a different brand I am reminded why Toyota is so good. Beside Toyota, I've owned Fords, two Chevys, a Mazda, and two Mercedes. While Toyota built vehicles don't always have the most up to date styling or entertainment systems, they are incredibly reliable. If you take care of your Toyota it will run much more reliably than other brands, and it will seldom be in the shop.
A few years ago I gave my daughter our 2004 Sequoia, that I bought new, to drive while in college. It has about 150,000 miles on it and it continues to get her around reliably at CU Boulder in Colorado. And she keeps telling me how much she loves it.
Well, that's my abbreviated story about why I bought the 4Runner. And I must say it has exceeded my expectations, I love driving it!