2011 Toyota 4Runner Overview
Those in need of an SUV capable of handling anything Mother Nature throws at them, while also enjoying top-notch comfort, acceleration and utility for city driving need not look further than the 2011 Toyota 4Runner.
Fresh off a 2010 redesign, the story for the 2011 Toyota 4Runner is what it doesn’t have: a four-cylinder engine. The four-cylinder has been dropped, leaving the 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 278 pounds-feet of torque as the sole engine option. The V6 is mated to a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift mode.
The 4Runner is built on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser and is available in Limited, SR5 and Trail variants for maximum versatility. Choose between both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive on the Limited and SR5 models, while the Trail has part-time dual-range 4WD. The handy Crawl Control feature helps maintain control when ascending or descending hills (Trail) and X-REAS adaptive suspension dampers makes for a smoother ride (Limited). The 2011 Toyota 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds and receives 17 mpg in the city and 22-23 mpg on the highway. Competitors include other rugged SUVs such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Explorer.
The Toyota 4Runner is one SUV that is not lacking in the style department, with great looking features such as 17- or 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels, skid plates, heated outside mirrors with turn indicators, fog lights, black fender flares and sunroof.
On the inside, you’ll also find that the 2011 Toyota 4Runner has all of the amenities that you could possibly need. Features include XM Radio, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB port, JBL six-disc CD changer with 15 speakers and subwoofer, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with integrated backup camera, water-resistant fabric- or leather-trimmed and heated eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a refreshed tachometer featuring an ECO driving indicator and average fuel consumption gauge. An optional third-row seat expands the interior capacity to seven passengers. More cargo space is available due to the fold-flat second-row rear seats and an available pullout cargo deck that can support up to 440 pounds.
A suite of standard safety technologies includes Toyota’s Star Safety System, which consists of vehicle stability control with traction control and an antilock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Additional safety features include hill start assist control and front, side-mounted and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags for the second and third row.
Take it to the max in both the city and great outdoors with the capable, stylish and versatile 2011 Toyota 4Runner.