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b407driver

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2016 4Runner TPP KDSS (waiting...)
Currently on my second 4Runner (2016 Trail PP w/KDSS) and have been impatiently waiting for the hybrid update for ~4 years, and then... they showed pictures of it. Backtracking now and also considering a GX550 Overtrail. Lots of questions on these new vehicles, so here I am.
 
Welcome aboard! In the same boat, also seriously considered the GX. However, our Lexus dealer is distant, and even they have recalls, especially in the first year. So, anxiously awaiting a Land Cruiser, with the Premium package. Also, another consideration was the V6 in the GX. One sweet powertrain, but oh so crammed tightly in there. Any turbo service would be a nightmare.
 
Hey thanks! I'd actually wait the GX out for whatever hybrid they have in store, wouldn't touch the V6 TT (mileage woes, not scared of recalls). I'm really perplexed by Lexus' decision to produce such an inefficient engine in this day and age, might as well have just kept the V8 in it.
 
Hey thanks! I'd actually wait the GX out for whatever hybrid they have in store, wouldn't touch the V6 TT (mileage woes, not scared of recalls). I'm really perplexed by Lexus' decision to produce such an inefficient engine in this day and age, might as well have just kept the V8 in it.
Noticed a powertrain animation on YouTube showing the GX with the same hybrid as the LC. Of course that could change. Have you noticed the LC hybrid calls for premium fuel?
 
Yeah, that really bums me out as well, but with all the self-adjusting electronics in these engines these days, I have a hard time believing that you couldn't put mid-grade (or lower) and be fine, especially since the Tacoma and 4Runner use the same engine. Also, the wording in the manual is somewhat inconsistent. Despite the gas cap saying 'required, the manual apparently says different ('recommended for best performance', or some such).

Have you accepted delivery yet?

"Did you try it? I'm not gonna try it, YOU try it! Hey, let's get Mikey!" ;)
 
Nope, have not taken delivery. In the queue.

My theory is the call for premium is to meet an EPA MPG goal, and that mid-grade will suffice. According to a post by a Toyota insider with engineering contacts, this appears to be the case. I agree, today's engines with knock sensors and variable valve timing should be able to adjust for 87 octane. Now, if putting it to the test, such as pulling a trailer on the pass out of Denver to SLC, or today in Baker, CA, then yes, probably a bit of premium.

ME try it? :) Well, easy does it, especially on a vehicle the price of the LC.
 
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