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2011 Toyota 4Runner

$14,580 — $27,876 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fold-flat second and third rows
  • Better gas mileage than before
  • Impressive off-road hardware

The Bad

  • No more V-8 towing capacity
  • Pending further review
2011 Toyota 4Runner exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Toyota 4Runner
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • No more V-8 option
  • Off-road Trail edition
  • Two available four-wheel-drive systems
  • Seats up to seven

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Toyota redesigned the 4Runner for 2010. The truck-based SUV got beefier off-road hardware, new styling inside and out, and improved gas mileage  — though its efficiency falls short of most car-based crossovers'. Competitors include the Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Borrego and Ford Explorer.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with two types of four-wheel drive optional. The 4Runner offers up to three rows of seats. Trim levels include the base SR5, off-road Trail edition and well-equipped Limited.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The 4Runner adopted a squared-off nose and creased headlights that are similar to Toyota's Sequoia SUV and Tundra pickup truck. The tailgate features a power rear window. 

Trail editions get a hood scoop, unique 17-inch wheels, front and rear bumper guards, and dark smoke treatment on the headlamps and taillamps. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard roof rails
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

Interior
The dashboard carries similar themes to Toyota's Land Cruiser SUV, with a bulky gated shifter and plenty of silver trim. The optional third-row seat brings maximum seating capacity to seven. Both the second and third rows fold flat. There is also an optional sliding rear cargo deck — much like what Dodge offers in its Nitro SUV — that can extend several inches beyond the rear bumper to form a makeshift picnic table or seat. It's rated to hold 440 pounds. Interio...

Vehicle Overview

Toyota redesigned the 4Runner for 2010. The truck-based SUV got beefier off-road hardware, new styling inside and out, and improved gas mileage  — though its efficiency falls short of most car-based crossovers'. Competitors include the Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Borrego and Ford Explorer.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with two types of four-wheel drive optional. The 4Runner offers up to three rows of seats. Trim levels include the base SR5, off-road Trail edition and well-equipped Limited.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The 4Runner adopted a squared-off nose and creased headlights that are similar to Toyota's Sequoia SUV and Tundra pickup truck. The tailgate features a power rear window. 

Trail editions get a hood scoop, unique 17-inch wheels, front and rear bumper guards, and dark smoke treatment on the headlamps and taillamps. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard roof rails
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

Interior
The dashboard carries similar themes to Toyota's Land Cruiser SUV, with a bulky gated shifter and plenty of silver trim. The optional third-row seat brings maximum seating capacity to seven. Both the second and third rows fold flat. There is also an optional sliding rear cargo deck — much like what Dodge offers in its Nitro SUV — that can extend several inches beyond the rear bumper to form a makeshift picnic table or seat. It's rated to hold 440 pounds. Interior features include:

  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Standard rear parking sensors
  • Standard air conditioning and cruise control
  • Optional water-resistant cloth seats
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional moonroof

Under the Hood
There is an optional four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case; the four-wheel-drive Limited gets a full-time system that doesn't require driver intervention.

A long list of off-road equipment includes available locking center and rear differentials and a terrain selection system that allows drivers to match drivetrain settings to exact off-road conditions. A crawl mode can keep the 4Runner moving at a constant slow speed so drivers don't have to feather the gas pedal in tight off-road situations, and Toyota's A-TRAC system purports to distribute power to any wheel with traction, even if the other three are slipping. A downhill assist feature can restrict the 4Runner to a slow downhill crawl — again, to help drivers work through serious off-road muck without having to worry about managing vehicle speed. There is also an optional disconnecting stabilizer bar system to allow even more suspension travel for extreme off-road situations.

For better on-road comfort, there are optional adaptive shock absorbers that automatically adjust to changing road conditions. Other mechanical features include:

  • 157-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder for rear-wheel-drive SR5 models
  • Four-speed automatic with 2.7-liter engine
  • 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with a five-speed automatic for other models
  • Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Eight airbags — frontal chest and knee airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
56 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

This car has been great and without any problems

by kgog from Buffalo on November 6, 2018

Great handling and lots of room with the third row seats. Great looks and lots of fun. Love the black. Heated seats are awesome. Great in the winter Read full review

(5.0)

This is my third 4Runner.

by JohnF from Hopkinton. MA on November 6, 2018

This car meets all my expectations. The only concern I see is that it seems to have less power than my wife?s 2016 Highlander. Both engines have the same horsepower. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner currently has 8 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V6

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker