The 2001 Toyota 4Runner is a classic among SUVs. It’s a good thing in that it does what SUVs were designed to do, which is provide off-road capabilities while still offering a car-like ride for every day for work or errands. Its classic status is not as good if you prefer more modern SUVs that are designed to be fun to drive. Choices are somewhat limited; it’s either the Limited trim or the SR5 with the Limited being the more high-end models.
Body style: SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota 4Runner SR5, Toyota 4Runner Limited
The 2001 Toyota 4Runner comes with lots of changes, both adding to the car and taking some things away. In addition to cutting down to only two trim levels, the five-speed manual transmission option is discontinued with the differential locks. However, additions include some performance and safety benefits, specifically Vehicle Skid Control (VSC), ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and BrakeAssist, and traction control. It also offers power locks, a modified grille design, and a prewired trailer hitch harness on all models.
The 2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 features steel 15-inch wheels, privacy glass, chrome finish bumpers, a power retracting liftgate window, and a rear liftgate door. The Limited edition has 16-inch alloy wheels with painted finish bumpers, a soft bed cover, and step running boards to go with the power liftgate window and rear door. The off-road suspension comes with up to 11 inches of ground clearance.
The 2001 Toyota 4Runner has some attractive interior features, such as simulated wood trim on the dash and doors, AM/FM with single CD player stereo and six speakers, front reading lights, and a leather steering wheel. It can accommodate plenty of passengers and whatever they bring with them comfortably with plenty of legroom. Furthermore, it provides 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Toyota 4Runner features rear drive with multi-link rear suspension and four-wheel independent suspension. It may not be the smoothest ride, but it’s tough and great for off-road action. Its towing capacity can be an impressive 5000 pounds, and it really shines in off-road conditions, further highlighting its effectiveness as a truck. The 4Runner runs on a 3.4-liter, dual overhead-cam V-6 and a four-speed automatic transmission. Drivers might find themselves longing for more power.
The 2001 Toyota 4Runner is equipped with stability and traction control with four-wheel ABS, electronic brake force distribution, and emergency brake assist. It also features ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, adjustable headrests, daytime running lights, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, and front seatbelt pretensioners.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota 4Runner: 16/19 mpg city/highway
- Roominess for passengers and cargo capacity
- Off-road capabilities
- Strong crash test performance
You Won't Like
- Rides more like a truck
- Not as much power as one might like
- Takes a little effort to board the vehicle
Good if consumers are in it for the SUV functionality and aren’t as concerned about smooth ride or easy entry.
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