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2011 Toyota 4Runner Comfort & Quality

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The complete redesign of the 4Runner last year included completely redesigned seating that was much-improved over the previous version of this truck. Front seats have been recontoured, and they're a bit longer and significantly wider than before to accommodate American-size occupants. The driving position is excellent, and the available perforated leather upholstery makes us feel like we're in a luxury-brand perch.

In back, adults-sized occupants will also feel at home. Second-row occupants also get new contours that don't feel flat like before; this 6'-6" editor rode in the backseat for more than an hour very comfortably. The second-row seatback can also recline 16 degrees in four stops. The third row is only good for kids—and hard to get to—but most will like its flip-forward folding better than the old flip-to-the-side arrangement.

Although passenger comfort is good, compared to modern crossover designs, the 4Runner, a rather narrow body and high floor keep the 4Runner from being as spacious as you might anticipate. Fold the seats down, and you won't be able to fit items that are as high as you would in larger crossovers or minivans. However, we think it's a positive move that the hatch in the 4Runner opens upward, rather than sideways in some truck-based utes—making loading easier in most situations.

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner has good passenger space and a tight, high-quality interior; cargo space isn't as ample or convenient as other vehicles, though.

Overall, the way the controls are arranged—and the feel of them—is a highlight of the 4Runner's interior. Off-road-focused controls are located in an overhead console, keeping the center stack of controls straightforward and accessible, with large buttons and knobs that have a great tactile feel. A secondary display sits atop the center stack, and redundant steering wheel controls access audio and Bluetooth functions. Our several test 4Runners had no rattles or cheap-feeling interiors, and the cabin is relatively free of wind and road noise.

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