From Toyota press: The all-new fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner, introduced for model year 2010, gains minor option revisions for 2011. The 4Runner was completely redesigned and re-engineered for the previous model year. Its adaptable interior and unique cargo area make the newest 4Runner smarter, more comfortable, and more versatile than ever.
The 4Runner combines rugged body-on-frame construction with suspension technology that yields the kind of ride comfort more often associated with car-based platforms. The newest 4Runner is available in a variety of configurations and in three models: a well-equipped SR5, top-of-the-line Limited, plus a Trail grade for maximum off-road capability. Optional third-row seats allow for up to seven-person capacity.
Drivetrain configurations include rear wheel 4x2, part-time 4x4 and full-time multi-mode 4x4 with a locking center differential. All models are equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 teamed to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission.
The 2011 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Through the use of advanced engine management that includes dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), the new 4.0-liter engine gained power over the previous 4Runner’s V6 and even V8 engines, yet is more efficient than either. The new 4.0-liter fuel economy ratings rival car-based platforms at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for 4x2 models (22 mpg highway for 4x4). Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
A double-wishbone independent front suspension, combined with a variable-flow rack and pinion steering, makes for precise control on demanding roadways. Coil springs over gas shocks are used at all four wheels for a comfortable ride and controlled handling. The four-link rear suspension minimizes axle hop and assures a smooth ride for back seat passengers. Large diameter wheels and tires not only improve off-road performance, but also enhance the 4Runner’s rugged demeanor.
The Limited grade comes standard with an X-REAS suspension system that further improves performance, comfort and control. X-REAS automatically adjusts the damping force of shocks when driving over bumpy surfaces, or when cornering. The system uses a center control absorber to cross-link shocks on opposite corners of the vehicle, substantially reducing pitch and yaw by offsetting opposing inputs. With X-REAS the new 4Runner corners flatter, smoother, and handles choppy pavement more easily.
The newest 4Runner shares the same platform as the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Extensive frame and body reinforcements have been added, using high-tensile materials to add strength without adding weight. The SR5 and Trail 4x4 models have a two-speed lever-operated, part-time four-wheel-drive system with neutral position. The 4Runner Limited is equipped with full-time, four-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential and a three-mode, center console-mounted switch. The new 4Runner is also equipped with a stronger rear differential than the previous model, with a larger ring gear.