2011 Chevrolet
Tahoe LT
vs. 2011 Toyota
4Runner Trail

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

9.8

starting from

$43,780

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Tahoe LT

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Good cargo space
108.9 ft3
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Quite powerful
320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
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More passenger seats
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Spacious front seats
64.1 ft3
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail

9.4

starting from

$37,365

Reasons to buy the Toyota 4Runner Trail

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Better suspension
Independent
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.6"
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Moon roof
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Winner: Tahoe LT
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  • The Tahoe LT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Tahoe LT's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Tahoe LT; but it's not available at all on the 4Runner Trail
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Winner: Tahoe LT
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  • Room for 3 more people, 8 vs 5
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 20% more room, 64.1 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3
  • Room for more than 20% more stuff, 108.9 ft3 vs 88.8 ft3
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Winner: 4Runner Trail
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  • The 4Runner Trail has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Winner: 4Runner Trail
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 15 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,415 cheaper (more than 10% less), $37,365 vs $43,780
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Number of speakers 9 vs 8 The Tahoe LT has more speakers and the 4Runner Trail is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Tahoe LT's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 4Runner Trail does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the 4Runner Trail, you can upgrade to 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 Yes vs No The Tahoe LT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Tahoe LT; but it's not available at all on the 4Runner Trail

Practicality

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Tahoe LT has lots of passenger seats, but the 4Runner Trail has very few
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 88.8 ft3 The Tahoe LT has lots of cargo room and the 4Runner Trail is pretty good
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front seats 64.1 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3 The Tahoe LT has roomy front seats, but the 4Runner Trail is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1774 lb vs 1550 lb Average towing capacity
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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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 10 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
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4Runner Trail
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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 5 vs 6 The 4Runner Trail has a good number of airbags, but the Tahoe LT is just OK (missing Knee)
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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 OnStar vs None

Cost

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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MSRP $43,780 vs $37,365 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 17 mpg The 4Runner Trail has OK city mileage, while the Tahoe LT is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

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Tahoe LT
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 270 HP @ 5,600 RPM The Tahoe LT is fairly powerful, but the 4Runner Trail is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Tahoe LT has more gears and the 4Runner Trail is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.6 lb/hp vs 17.6 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The 4Runner Trail will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Tahoe LT
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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Tahoe LT
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2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the 4Runner Trail's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Tahoe LT; the 4Runner Trail only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Tahoe LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 7.1 seconds The 4Runner Trail has a good 0-60 time, but the Tahoe LT is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 144 ft vs 138 ft The 4Runner Trail's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Tahoe LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 15.9 s @ 87 mph The 4Runner Trail's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Tahoe LT's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.73 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 112 mph

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2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited 2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X 4Runner Limited vs Xterra PRO-4X

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