2011 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP $30,305

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2011 Toyota 4Runner Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Toyota has been making some awesome off-roading vehicles since 1967 and Toyota 4Runner is one of them. Toyota introduced its 4Runner first in 2003 and since then it has been admired by the people and the 2011 model of this is no different from its former versions. 4Runner is an all-terrain car that means it can be driven on all types of roads. Toyota redesigned the 4Runner last year but this year its design and styling remain unchanged but Toyota has done one good thing by excluding its old underpowered inline-four gas engine.

Although Toyota has Land Cruiser as another off-roading beast in its collection but Land Cruiser.

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Pros

Spacious cargo

Optional third-row seats

All-terrain capability

Strong V6 engine

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Cramped up third-row seats 

Feels heavy

Less comfortable seats than the competition 

What's New?

No more underpowered I-4 engine 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30305

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

278 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

189.9 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

71.5 in.

curb weight

4400 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/23 mpg

highway range

529 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5$30,305 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Toyota 4Runner in Classic Silver Metallic color
Classic Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


Is one costly luxury large SUV and many still can’t afford this off-roader and that is the reason most consumers go with 4Runner as it offers the best performance with its V6, feels rugged, looks stylish, and has plenty of storage spaces under the price bracket of $40,000. 4Runner is offered in three different trims with two choices of drivetrains and optional third arrow seats.


9.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Toyota 4Runner Features

9.5/10

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner is offered by Toyota in three different trims- SR5, Trail, and Limited. The base trim is priced at $32,045 and top-level trim limited costs $38,400 for its rear-wheel-drive option. 4Runner is powered by the only 4.0-liter, V6 gas engine that comes mated with a smooth 5-speed automatic transmission. An optional 4WD is also available but Trail trim is only available in 4WD as there is no RWD option in this trim. Some of the basic features that exist in this Toyota are a rear spoiler, heated mirrors, keyless entry, and other features are mentioned in the table:

Trim

SR5

Trail

Limited

MSRP (RWD)

$30,305

NA

$38,400

MSRP (4WD)

$32,045

$36,555

$40,435

Key Features

17-inch cast aluminum wheel

All features of SR5

20-inch cast-aluminum wheels

 

Skid plate

Locking rear differential

X-REAS adaptive suspension dampers

 

Heated outside mirrors

Hood scoop

Keyless entry

 

ORVM indicators

Black fender flares & rocker panels

Push start button

 

Puddle lights

Crawl control

Automatic headlights

 

Foglights

Tinted headlight & tail lamps

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Rear power windows

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

15-Speaker JBL audio system with 6-CD changer

 

Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel

Rearview camera

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Trip computer

Power front seats

Heated front seats

 

8-Speaker audio system

Sliding rear cargo deck

Leather upholstery

 

CD & MP3 player

Upgraded audio system with USB/iPod and Bluetooth connectivity 

Power lumber driver support seats 

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If someone is considering Toyota 4Runner then, they must go for the top-level Limited trim as it is the complete off-roading package. The limited trim not only includes some hi-tech entertainment features like a 15-speaker JBL audio system with a 6-CD changer and a USB port with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity but it also has some safety features that SR5 and Trail lack.

2011 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance

8.0/10

After listening to the complaints of 2010 4runner’s inline four-pot engine that somewhat felt underpowered for the bulky 4Runner, while not the most fuel-efficient engine either. Toyota introduced its 2011 4Runner with a 4.0-liter V6 engine that challenges the other off-roading vehicles in the segment with the power of 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. It’s the only engine that comes across all the trims of this car with the 5-speed automatic gearbox.

Two drivetrain choices, rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive options are available only in the SR5 and Limited trim while 4 Runner Trail is made accessible only in the 4WD drivetrain. With the 5-speed automatic transmission, this Toyota can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph within just 7.3 seconds while it can top the speedometer with a maximum speed of 115 mph.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Ford Explorer

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP 

$30,305

$28,360

$28,570

$30,215

Engine

4.0-L V6 gas

3.5-L, V6 gas

4.0-L V6 gas

3.6-L V6 gas

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic

6-Speed automatic

5-Speed automatic

5-Speed automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

266 hp @ 5600 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

288 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0 to 60 mph (sec)

7.3 

7.7

7.4

Quarter-Mile (sec)

15.5

16.1 

15.5 

17.8 

Top Speed (mph)

115

108

124

130

The Toyota 4Runner and Nissan Pathfinder have equal displacement engines and somewhat offer the same performance. Toyota comes to the second last in the top speed spec with the max speed of 115 mph while Jeep isn’t the fastest one to achieve 0 to 60 mph but it sure made for high-speed cruising as it tops the speedometer with 130 mph. The Ford Explorer is the only one amongst the rivals that come in FWD drivetrain with the 6-speed automatic transmission.

2011 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner is one heavy off-roading vehicle that looks like a truck. This off-roader is packed with the performance-oriented V6 engine which puts down some massive horses on the road and with that performance everyone thinks it to be the most fuel-thirsty SUV in the segment, but it breaks this misconception by relatively claiming better fuel efficiency than its rivals. It averages the fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city, 23 on the straight highways, and 19 mpg in the combined conditions, just like the fuel economy its 23 gallons of fuel capacity doesn’t disappoint us either.

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Ford Explorer

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

MPG (City)

17 mpg

17 mpg

14 mpg

16 mpg

MPG (Highway)

23 mpg

25 mpg

22 mpg

23 mpg

MPG ( Combined)

19 mpg

20 mpg

17 mpg

18 mpg

Fuel Capacity (gal)

23

18.6

21.1

24.6

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

391/ 529/ 437

316/ 465/ 372

317/ 464/ 358

394/ 566/ 442

Ford not only comes close to the performance of 4Runner and Nissan Pathfinder, but it also leads the fuel economy chart with an average efficiency of 20 mpg. Whereas Toyota and Jeep are just a couple of digits behind Ford. On the other hand, Nissan has the second-best performance in the competition but the Pathfinder’s owner has to pay the price for that raw performance with the fuel economy.

2011 Toyota 4Runner Interior

8.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner is a spacious and practical car at the price point that it arrives at. The interior design has a solid and macho appeal to it, although hard plastic is used to cover the interior there are also some soft touches. The 4Runner has a seating capacity of 5 but an optional third-row increases the capacity to 7, the third-row seats are only suitable for children because of the low leg and shoulder room. As 4Runner is mainly designed for off-roading that’s why its seats are not much more comfortable than the mid-size crossover SUV and these crossovers would be the best option for everyday riding. 

Model

Toyota 4Runner

Ford Explorer

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

39.3/ 57.8/ 41.7

41.4/ 61.3/ 40.6

40/ 58.3/ 42.4

40/ 58.6/ 40.3

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

38.6/ 57.8/ 32.9

40.5/ 61/ 39.8

39.0/ 58.4/ 34.2

39.3/ 58/ 38.6

Third Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

NA

37.8/ 50.8/ 33.2

36.7/ 57.1/ 28.1

NA

Cargo Capacity

47.2 cu-ft

21 cu-ft

16.5 cu-ft

36.3 cu-ft

Toyota and Jeep are 7 seaters while 7 people can travel Ford and Nissan. The first row seats of all the cars in the competition are equally comfortable but according to the figures, the second row of 4Runner looks a little bit cramped than the others. Toyota and Jeep don’t offer third-row seats but it doesn’t matter because the third-row seats of Ford and Nissan aren’t very spacious, and it reduces the cargo capacity of the vehicle. Some of the key features of the 4Runner interior are :

  • Water-resistant upholstery (in Trail trim)
  • Cruise controls
  • Full power accessories
  • Power rear windows
  • Power front seats (in Trail trim)
  • Sliding rear cargo deck (in Trail trim)
  • Push start/ stop button (in Limited trim)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (in Limited trim)
  • Heated front seats with power lumbar support (in Limited trim)

2011 Toyota 4Runner Infotainment System

The Toyota 4Runner doesn’t have many features in the base trim SR5 for entertainment. It only gets an AM/FM stereo, MP3 player, and CD player as standard but 4Runner gets loaded with the features as we climb up the trim levels and the center console looks more plush and stylish with all the gauges and ac controls. Features that come factory fitted in the upper trim are:

  • CD and MP3 player
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • Upgraded gauges
  • Satellite radio
  • USB port with iPod connectivity 
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 15-Speaker JBL audio system
  • 6-Disc CD Changer
  • Voice-activated navigation system (optional)

2011 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

7.0/10

The Toyota 4Runner is a big car with chunky tires, it has a boxy and robust exterior design that maintains the macho look of the vehicle. The front grille looks classy with the chrome strip and the Toyota badge in the middle, whereas the rear end follows the decent and sober looks of the front. The 2011 model of 4runner gets the 17-inch wheels as standard and 20-inch wheels on the upper trim level with all-season tires. The skid plate and the side cladding with the high stance give it a proper SUV feel. 

Model

Toyota 4Runner 

Ford Explorer

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Curb Weight (lbs)

4400

4557

4427

4470

Length (in)

190

197

192

190

Width (in)

76

79

73

76

Height (in)

70

71

72

64

Ground Clearance (in)

9.6

7.6

9

8.6

Wheelbase (in)

110

112.6

112

115

The Toyota 4Runner is the least heavy in the competition with the curb weight of 4400 lbs and it’s also the one with the highest ground clearance of 9.6 inches whereas Ford is in the bottom with 7.6 inches of clearance. A shorter wheelbase means easy to turn a car and Toyota also hits the mark with the shortest wheelbase. The Nissan & Jeep Grand Cherokee are approximately equal in length but the Ford has a massive length of 197 inches and that might make it hard to maneuver. Some other exterior features in the 2011 4Runner are:

  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Tinted head and tail lights
  • Puddle lamp
  • ORVM indicators

2011 Toyota 4Runner Safety

6.0/10

The brand value of Toyota might be enough to tell someone that how safe and reliable is the Toyota 4Runner. Toyota is known for its reliable and rugged vehicles and they did the same thing with the 4Runner. The 4Runner is awarded the safety rating “Good” by the IIHS in almost all the crash tests. Toyota has ensured the safety of both the driver and the passengers and king that in mind it loaded the 4Runner with tons of safety features, such as:

  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Antilock braking system
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child safety locks
  • Traction control
  • Turn indicators on ORVM
  • Vehicle anti-theft system
  • Rearview camera
  • Driver & passenger airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2011 Toyota 4Runner Final Verdict

Toyota is aiming towards the budget segment of SUVs with its 4Runner as not everyone can afford the luxury off-roading machine Land Cruiser. The 4Runner surely comes with a powerful engine and also claims better fuel economy than the other off-roaders in the segment but it is still not recommended as a daily driver because other crossovers provide better space and fuel economy with a somewhat good performance cost less than the 4Runner. If someone is considering it mainly for off-roading with a casual daily run then definitely go for it.

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