Toyota 4Runner was essentially a compact pickup truck with five-passenger seating and a permanent bed shell. My, how times have changed. When it was first introduced in the 1980s. While the 4Runner remains a body-on-frame based SUV, it has evolved considerably, and it now competes against a sea of on-road biased, car-based crossovers.
All-new 2011 Toyota 4Runner is longer, wider, and taller than before, and supported by both the engine 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed automatic (available for rear-drive models only), or 270 horsepower Toyota, 4.0 -liter V-6 and five-speed automatic combination. Instead of getting softer, the new 4Runner play in its uniqueness and strength, with Toyota making it even more off-road capable than ever before.
Toyota has added several cool trail features to the 4Runner, including Crawl Control, a system that controls throttle and brake at low speeds, enabling the driver to better focus on steering inputs. The 4Runner also has an impressive 9.6 inches of ground.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 2.7L I-4, 4.0L V-6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Models: SR5, Trail, Limited
We were hoping for the addition of the company's new 4.6L V-8 as an option, but that hasn't happened. In fact, there are only minor changes for 2011: the sport/utility vehicle receives a new brake override system. In addition, the sliding cargo tray/cargo organizer is a standalone option on two-row Limited models; the cargo organizer is a separate option on Trail models.
The new 4Runner is bigger, more rugged-looking, and bolder than before, with a bold, in-your-face style that screams off-road. The 4Runner Trail Edition adds black fender flares, grille, utility roof rack, and the hood received a hood scoop. Seventeen-inc
Five-passenger seating is standard for the 4Runner, and room for seven is optional. All 4Runners come standard with an eight-speaker audio system, tailgate party audio, a slide-out cargo tray, and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar su
Performance & Handling
While the 4Runner excels off-road – Toyota tested it at speed in the Baja 1000 and as a slow rock-crawler on the world-famous Rubicon Trail -- it is surprisingly capable on the road as well. While its body-on-frame architecture and live rear axle can make for a bouncy ride, its steering is linear and responsive, and its brakes are responsive and easy to modulate. The 4.0-liter V-6 4Runner reaches 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
Driver and front passenger airbags are standard, as are front seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all rows, and dual front knee airbags. Stability control, traction control, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are also standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
SR5: 17-18 mpg city/22-23 mpg highway
Trail: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Limited: 17 mpg city/22-23 mpg highway
Engine MPG Base Price
SR5 Sport Utility 4.0L 270hp 17 city, 22 hwy $30,305
Trail Sport Utility 4.0L 270hp 17 city, 22 hwy $36,555
Limited Sport Utility 4.0L 270hp 17 city, 22 hwy $38,400