The 2011 Toyota 4Runner
is a five-passenger compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is well suited for multi-terrain off-road driving. Configured either as a 2.7-liter four-cylinder rear-drive joined to a four-speed automatic transmission or a 4.0-liter V-6 coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission, the 4Runner is now wider, taller, and longer than previous models.
4Runner standard features include crawl control, which is a capability that manages throttle and brakes at slower speeds so the driver can focus on steering. With 9.6-inches of ground clearance, the 4Runner also has Kinetic Dynamic Suspension that disengages the anti roll bars to enhance driving experience. Also standard on the 4Runner is a full complement of safety features and 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway fuel economy.
New for 2011
With only minor changes for 2011, the Toyota 4Runner received a new brake override system. In addition, the sliding cargo tray/cargo organizer is a now a standalone option on two-row Limited trims, while the cargo organizer is a separate option on Trail trims.
Engines: 2.7L I-4, 4.0L V-6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: SR5 Sport Utility, Trail Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility
On the Outside
Bigger, more rugged-looking, and bolder than before, the 2011 Toyota 4Runner has a bold, in-your-face type of style that says OFF-ROAD in all caps. The 4Runner Trail Edition has black fender flares, grille, utility roof rack, and a hood scoop. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, while 20-inchers are optional.
From the Inside
Five-passenger seating is standard for the 4Runner, but room for seven passengers is optional. Among the standard features are an eight-speaker audio system, tailgate party audio, a slide-out cargo tray, and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support.
While the 4Runner's body-on-frame build and live rear axle can make for a rugged ride, the SUV's steering is responsive, and its brakes are easy to modulate. The 4Runner equipped with 4.0-liter V-6 goes 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
Standard safety features on the 4Runner include driver and front passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all rows, and dual front knee airbags. Also standard are stability control, traction control, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
SR5: 17-18 mpg city/22-23 mpg highway
Trail: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Limited: 17 mpg city/22-23 mpg highway
- Great off-road capabilities
- Sliding cargo tray/shelf
- Cool styling cues
- Seven-passenger configuration
- Lack of V-8 engine
- Lots of poundage
- Bumpy ride
- Cluttered console layout
Off-road vehicle with style, cool features, and room to party
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