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Everyone has their own impression about power, and mine is that while they've made significant changes to the current 4Runner's transmission so it shifts better and uses the power more efficiently, it's still a dog by today's standards. You may perfectly happy with it and that's great, but you should maybe test drive some other SUVs before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, to give you and idea of what you may be missing when the new 4Runner comes out. My '98 Jimmy 4x4 has more guts than the 2002 4Runner, but you may want to drive a Pathfinder with it's 240 hp, or the Trailblazer with its awesome 270 horses. But I warn you, once you do, it'll be hard to go back. ;o)
Anyway, I hope that helps, and I don't mean to knock your love for the current 4Runner, it's still a great truck. I certainly understand if it comes down to style, because I don't really like some of the changes manufacturers make to great looking vehicles. When Toyota introduced the Sport package to the 4Runner, I was ready to over-look it's short-comings, add a supercharger and trade the moment I saw one, until I found out about the redesign coming this fall.
I don't know if you saw this link, but check out the article about the GX 470 that shares the platform on http://www.suv.com, and if that doesn't get your juices flowing, then definitely buy a 2002 now. -TB
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