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

2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited

10.0

starting from

$39,210

Reasons to buy the Toyota 4Runner Limited

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Good cargo space
89.7 ft3
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Comparable towing weight
1575 lb
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Better suspension
Independent
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

9.0

starting from

$30,480

Reasons to buy the Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.5"
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Very inexpensive
$30,480
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Average-sized front seats
57.1 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Winner: 4Runner Limited
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 4Runner Limited's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the 4Runner Limited; the Xterra PRO-4X only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 4Runner Limited's power seats; not available on the Xterra PRO-4X
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Winner: 4Runner Limited
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  • The 4Runner Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Xterra PRO-4X
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
  • The 4Runner Limited has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Winner: 4Runner Limited
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  • The 4Runner Limited has 7 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 15 vs 8
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Winner: 4Runner Limited
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  • The 4Runner Limited has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Winner: Xterra PRO-4X
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,730 cheaper (more than 20% less), $30,480 vs $39,210
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Nissan
Xterra PRO-4X
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 4Runner Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 4Runner Limited's power seats; not available on the Xterra PRO-4X
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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 4Runner Limited; the Xterra PRO-4X only offers cloth seats

Practicality

Toyota
4Runner Limited
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2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Nissan
Xterra PRO-4X
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The 4Runner Limited has lots of passenger seats and the Xterra PRO-4X is OK, too
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Cargo space 89.7 ft3 vs 65.7 ft3 The 4Runner Limited has lots of cargo room and the Xterra PRO-4X is pretty good
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 57.1 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1575 lb vs 881 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 Not Available The 4Runner Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Xterra PRO-4X
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Cupholders 10 vs 6 The 4Runner Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the Xterra PRO-4X is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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4Runner Limited
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Number of speakers 15 vs 8 The 4Runner Limited has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Xterra PRO-4X is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Xterra PRO-4X's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 4Runner Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes The Xterra PRO-4X 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

Safety Features

Toyota
4Runner Limited
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Xterra PRO-4X
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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 5 The 4Runner Limited has a good number of airbags, but the Xterra PRO-4X 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 SafetyConnect vs None

Cost

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4Runner Limited
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2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Nissan
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MSRP $39,210 vs $30,480 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg The 4Runner Limited has OK city mileage, while the Xterra PRO-4X 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

Toyota
4Runner Limited
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2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Nissan
Xterra PRO-4X
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 261 HP @ 5,600 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Xterra PRO-4X has more gears and the 4Runner Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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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 16.8 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Xterra PRO-4X will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the 4Runner Limited
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 37.3 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
4Runner Limited
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2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Nissan
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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 Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Nissan
Xterra PRO-4X
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 7.7 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.9 s @ 87 mph vs 16.2 s @ 87 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs 110 mph Both have a very low top speed

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