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2001 Toyota 4Runner

2001 Toyota 4Runner

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$3,023 — $10,647 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
17-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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2001 Toyota 4Runner Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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 eit...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Performance
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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
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(4.7)
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(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Best SUV I ever Owed

by Happy owner from Reno Nevada on April 12, 2020

Hello I bought this car new, it has olmos 200 thousand miles, and is the best SUV I ever Owed it drives like tanks, and the only major expense was , the timing belt any thing else just regular ... Read full review

(5.0)

Bulletproof

by Defconeli from Menifee, CA on January 25, 2020

Such an iconic and reliable offroader with a bullet proof engine that will continue to keep on trucking for years to come. Couldnt reccomend a better used SUV. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 4Runner received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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