2011 Audi
Q5 Premium
vs. 2011 Toyota
4Runner SR5

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9.8

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$36,075

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5

9.5

Runner-up

Toyota 4Runner SR5

starting from

$31,115

Reasons to buy the Toyota 4Runner SR5

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Good cargo space
89.7 ft3
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Average power
270 HP @ 5,600 RPM
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.0"
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Keyless entry
Standard
Entertainment System 7.8 vs 10.0
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium's satellite radio
  • The Q5 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Q5 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.2
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 4Runner SR5; not available on the Q5 Premium
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 17 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
Performance 10.0 vs 9.9
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

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4Runner SR5
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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The Q5 Premium has more speakers and the 4Runner SR5 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Q5 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 4Runner SR5 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The Q5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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4Runner SR5
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Optional vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Q5 Premium's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 4Runner SR5
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 4Runner SR5; not available on the Q5 Premium
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Q5 Premium

Cost

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4Runner SR5
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MSRP $31,115 vs $36,075 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Q5 Premium's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 4Runner SR5's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Q5 Premium's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 4Runner SR5's is very short

Safety Features

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4Runner SR5
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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4Runner SR5
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 8 The Q5 Premium has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the 4Runner SR5 is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Q5 Premium's semi-automatic transmission and the 4Runner SR5's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Q5 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.3 lb/hp vs 19.4 lb/hp The 4Runner SR5 is a sporty car, but the Q5 Premium is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Q5 Premium has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 38.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

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4Runner SR5
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the 4Runner SR5
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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4Runner SR5
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The 4Runner SR5 has lots of passenger seats and the Q5 Premium is OK, too
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Cargo space 89.7 ft3 vs 57.3 ft3 The 4Runner SR5 has lots of cargo room and the Q5 Premium is pretty good
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front seats 54.8 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1700 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Q5 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 4Runner SR5
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Cupholders 10 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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4Runner SR5
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 15.9 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

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