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While almost every other midsized SUV had moved to car-based construction, the 4Runner remained an old-school, body-on-frame SUV, which was great for off-roading but not much else. The ride is unsettled and handling is mediocre at best. Limited trim versions have a sport suspension package with somewhat better control, but a stiffer ride. Off-road is where the 4Runner excels.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“Has good good sized V6 engine with 5 speeds. Would prefer small V8 option with 6 speeds. Not quite as much power as I would like for passing on highways, etc”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Agile and powerful, it motivates its 4500lbs like it's 3500.”

NATHAN T., GA (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Acceleration and handling are fine, it's a little more rougher ride than the Land Cruiser, but not a real problem.”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Drives really great in bad weather. Overall view of the road exceeds any car that I may have had in the past.”

MICHAEL O., GA (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“It has a terrible turning radius, much worse than previous 4runers”

LUANNE S., CO (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“The handling is not as good as my older 4 runner. More difficult to park & handle in tight areas. The ride is much improved over my previous 1999 4 Runner which I still own (279K miles). The reliability of these vehicles is outstanding.”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Poor acceleration. Under powered and poor mileage. Needs v8”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Transmission shutters when shifting from first to second... Dealership claims it never happens for them when they have it”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“I love this SUV but the turn radius isn't the greatest.”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“The handling of turning corners is not the best. It could be better.”

MICHAEL P., IL (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“It is confident (level headed) in the turns and accelerates quicker than I would expect a vehicle of this size to. It's a lot of fun to drive (although the steering feels a little numb to me)”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“You must always remember that this is a tall vehicle on a truck frame. Evasive maneuvers can be difficult to control”

L M., TX (2011 Toyota 4Runner)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“Rear seat not very comfortable for adults”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Getting in is a little difficult Roofline seems low or seats So ganging seat location is needed to get in comfortably”

CHARLES H., AR (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“It is not at all aero dynamic, the seats are adequate but would have been better if airconditioned and heated, acceleration is weak and I have asked the dealer if it would pull itself out of mud and it sounds like a blender, acceleration is very weak and feels like it works really hard to accelerate, ac only coold when on recycle mode otherwise isn't functional and bluetooth very cumbersome.”

STEVEN H., FL (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“A running board should have been either standard or available option. It became available later year. Everything else, It delivers satisfactorily. 2wd or 4wd.”

N G., NJ (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Seats are a little firm, especially on long trips”

CLAY N., TN (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“too loud, older generation was a better truck”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Seats are comfortable,The ride and noise is acceptable”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota 4Runner)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“Though I believe Toyota makes good vehicles with excellent resale value, personally, I feel I paid too much this vehicle.”

MICHAEL S., CA (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“I first leased the car for 40 months, then bought it at the end of the lease period. I paid $15,000 at that time while comparable Rav4s were selling on lots for $22,000 to $25,000. I have replaced the tires and battery, but other than oil changes, the car has not otherwise cost me a cent! I love it!”

CURTIS T., FL (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“I thought that the price for a used vehicle with almost 50,000 miles on the odometer was high ($31,000). Without the fairly generous trade-in for my '06 Toyota Tundra, I would not have purchased this vehicle. It appeared to be in pristine condition, however. Only one (smart) ignition key came with the vehicle, and no user's manual. The Toyota dealership charged me almost $300 for an additional key, which I thought was rather chintzy, considering the price of the vehicle.”

WILLIAM K., WA (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“This SUV has done all things and done them well. It has seating for up to 7, can carry all our luggage to the beach or the tailgate or a group of friends to dinner or camping. It feels as stable and safe as a tank and is agile enough to navigate the Atlanta traffic like a champ.”

NATHAN T., GA (2011 Toyota 4Runner)


Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“This vehicle has retained its value and has had no problems at all.”

PAT K., PA (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“Excellent value. Especially comparing to available comperable competition.”

N G., NJ (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“I've driven Toyotas for many years now, and have never had a bad experience with performance or service!”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota 4Runner)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“Chrome-looking trim has a defect, and is significantly pitted.”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“I love the handsome and muscular exterior styling of this vehicle.”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

“only 2 inches if running board width is available to step on.”

TERRY L., SC (2011 Toyota 4Runner)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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