Intro: Toyota's 2011 4Runner mid-size SUV is one year removed from a 2010 redesign and this generation has returned it to its roots. The latest iteration of the 5-passenger and available 7-passener 4Runner is bolder and leaner than the previous generation while reaffirming its focus to its off-roading heritage.
The 4Runner is available in the base SR5, Trail and Limited trims. The Trail model that we tested featured skid plates for the engine, fuel tank, and transfer case. The SR5 and Trail models come standard with17-inch aluminum wheels, while the Limited features up-rated 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Performance: For 2011 the 4Runner is powered by a 4-liter V6 producing 270 horsepower and 278 pound feet of torque. Power for the SR5 and Trail models is sent through a 5-speed automatic to the rear wheels or available 4-wheel drive, while the Limited gets the 5 speed automatic with full-time 4-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Our test model featured water-resistant and heated sport front bucket seats and the available DVD-based navigation system. For off-road excursions, toggles located above the front occupants activate the Crawl Control and Terrain Management System. The crawl control manages the throttle and brakes at a pre-set speed. The Terrain Management system provides several presets for various wilderness driving conditions from sand to rocks and moguls.
Out back, the available cargo tray slides out, making loading and unloading heavy sporting equipment a snap!
Safety: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, vehicle stability control, traction control, side impact door beams, backup sonar system, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Toyota 4Runner is $29,525. A range-topping 4-wheel drive Limited starts at $39,685. The 4Runner is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With bold styling and impressive features geared towards an active lifestyle, whether on the road or in the wild, the 2011 4Runner is an SUV that looks to the future as it returns to its roots.