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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2011 Toyota 4Runner Review

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner is a great off-roader, but reviewers said that if you’re looking for comfortable family transportation, your best bet is to look elsewhere.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road performance
  • Well-made interior
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Truck-like driving dynamics
  • Small available third-row seat
  • Competing crossovers offer more comfort

2011 Toyota 4Runner Overview

While many other 2011 midsize SUVs are crossovers, reviewers appreciated that the 2011 Toyota 4Runner held onto its rugged, truck-based roots. They said the 4Runner has plenty of power, and it also has great safety scores, and front- and middle-rows seats that are comfortable for long trips. However, the 4Runner’s trail-rated capabilities may deter some shoppers, since it’s more rough-and-rugged than refined and car-like. Multiple journalists mentioned that most buyers won’t use the 4Runner for the brawny trail-ripping tasks it was built for, so nearly every shopper would be better served by a roomier, more comfortable crossover.

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner has a 4.0-liter V6 engine. It’s available with two-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive, but it still gets fairly good fuel economy for an off-road SUV. Even when equipped with full-time four-wheel drive, the 4Runner gets the same combined gas mileage as the all-wheel drive 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While reviewers thought the 4Runner should have more family-friendly options, its interior is well-made.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a seven-seat off-roader that’s more family-friendly, take a look at the 2011 Ford Explorer. With true trail-rated features like an available four-mode terrain selector, the Explorer can hold its own when the road ends and the trail begins. The Explorer gets even better safety scores than the 4Runner’s already-impressive ratings. Reviewers also said that the Explorer’s cabin has a best-in-class interior that’s more comfortable and high-tech than nearly any other affordable midsize SUV on the market.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee can only seat five, but it is even more capable on the trail. When it was new, reviewers said that its upscale interior rivaled those found in German SUVs, which is high praise for a rough-and-ready American brand like Jeep. Additionally, the Grand Cherokee was available with features that kids will love, like Sirius satellite TV. The Grand Cherokee comes with two less seats, but otherwise, outshines the Toyota.

Compare the 4Runner to the Explorer and Grand Cherokee »

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