The flagship trim level of Toyota’s 4Runner midsize SUV lineup is the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2011 4Runner Limited. This baby handles the road a bit better than the trail, but looks good in either venue. Standard passenger capacity is five, but an available third-row seat increases capacity to seven, while cargo area is a capacious 89.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Such notable amenities as a standard integrated rear spoiler, power sunroof, trailer hitch with wiring harness, skid plates, and 20-inch alloy wheels further distinguish this high-end trim’s exterior. Inside, too, the Limited shows off its lofty status with standard leather upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front bucket seats, power accessories, including heated outside mirrors, telescoping and tilting steering wheel, cruise control, a universal remote garage door opener, and dual-zone climate control. Meanwhile, leather and simulated alloy cabin accents, as well as a leather-trimmed simulated alloy steering wheel add a touch of class, while entertainment is handled by a JBL audio system encompassing XM satellite radio, a 6-CD player and 15 speakers, including a subwoofer. Finally, Bluetooth wireless communications, a rear-view camera, backup sensors, and a USB connection round out the impressive list of standard goodies this sport ute has to offer, and if that’s not enough, options include a slide-out cargo deck with storage beneath, distinctive Blizzard Pearl paint, and a voice-activated DVD navigation system.
The 2011 4Runner Limited is a fairly hefty SUV, always a positive, safety-wise. Complementing its sheer bulk, however, are such items as four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, two- or three-row head airbags, front knee airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection. Additionally, this high-end ute sports standard daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm, and Toyota’s much-ballyhooed Safety Connect system with Emergency Service, airbag deployment notification, and a stolen vehicle tracking system.
The standard (and only) powertrain for the 2011 4Runner Limited is a 4.0-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 engine coupled with a 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission featuring brake hill holder. This combo puts out 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 17/23 mpg, while towing capacity is maxed out at 5,000 pounds.