• (4.7) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,730–$10,486
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-18
  • Engine: 183-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2001 Toyota 4Runner

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2001 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Toyota is adding two new SUVs this year, the full-size Sequoia and the midsize Highlander, so it is restructuring the 4Runner lineup so it doesn’t overlap either of the newcomers.

The midsize 4Runner is Toyota’s most popular SUV, and this year it comes only with a V-6 engine and automatic transmission. The slow-selling 2.7-liter four-cylinder and five-speed manual transmission — last year’s base powertrain — have been dropped. Traction control and skid control also are standard across the board.

The 4Runner fits below the Land Cruiser and the new Sequoia in size and price but above the RAV4 in Toyota’s lineup. The Highlander that is due next spring is slightly larger but is expected to have a lower price.

The 4Runner’s four-door body has a one-piece liftgate with a standard power window that lowers into the tailgate. It is about as long as the Chevrolet Blazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee with an overall length of 183 inches but is nearly 6 inches narrower than the Grand Cherokee.

Space for five passengers comes from a pair of front buckets and a three-place bench. Leather seats are standard on the top-shelf Limited and optional on the sporty SR5.

With a wide cargo floor, a rear seat that folds flat and a spare tire tucked underneath the vehicle, the 4Runner boasts nearly 80 cubic feet of cargo space.

Under the Hood
All models now use a 3.4-liter V-6 engine with 183 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission. 4Runner is still offered with either two- or four-wheel drive, but all 4x4s now use a full-time system operated by a dashboard switch that can be left engaged on dry pavement. A part-time 4WD system for use only on slippery surfaces has been dropped.

4Runner prices are higher than most rival compact SUVs, but Toyota’s well-earned reputation for quality and high resale value offer some compensation. It comes with a smooth V-6, an easy-to-use 4WD system, high-quality materials and commendable assembly quality. Like most conventional SUVs, it has a firm, trucklike ride, but it is more comfortable than most rival vehicles.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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