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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
Quick Take
If off-road capability is a top requirement, the brawny 2011 Toyota 4Runner is a good choice—with surprisingly good road manners to boot. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web

Some love Toyota's latest interior themes, and others find them a bit overwrought and self-conscious

Popular Mechanics »

Toyota has morphed the 4Runner into a large, bland people-mover that is stylistically similar to its other cars

MSN Autos »

blocky and industrial

Edmunds »

boxier - retro, if you will - sheetmetal that more closely resembles that on the FJ Cruiser

Truck Trend »

styling is a nice blend of retro and modern, inside and out

AutoWeek »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$30,305 $40,435
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/23 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 4.0L
EPA Class Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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8.2 out of 10
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The Basics:

Last year the 4Runner was given a complete redesign, including styling that became higher, chunkier, and more rugged.

There's no mistaking that the 4Runner is truck-based. With a more chiseled-and-creased look on the outside, with a rather upright windshield, aggressively flared areas extend from the wheel wells into the fenders, and a beltline that's higher yet, bringing the secure, elevated impression of a large SUV. Flares around the wheel wells continue clearly through the running boards and around to the creases of the front and rear fascia. In front, the new 4Runner inherits some of the imposing appearance of the latest Sequoia and Tundra, with a mesh recessed grille, large chrome bar, and swept-back headlamps; in back it gets a more conservative, traditional SUV look, with a wide, downward-sloping C-pillar looking to past generations of the 4Runner.

The 4Runner's cabin also takes a new design direction, with a more upright, chunky look that builds on the fundamentals seen in the Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV but with better attention to detail. A bright metallic center stack of controls and an easy-to-read gauge cluster highlight the layout, which has big, simple control knobs and a macho, utilitarian look.


  • Strong V-6 powertrain
  • Rugged, nicely detailed exterior
  • Straightforward instrument panel
  • Helpful off-road electronics in Trail model
  • Good outward visibility


  • Busy ride (except vehicles with KDSS)
  • Cramped third row
  • Trail and Limited models can be pricey
  • Nearly as heavy as a full-size ute
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