2011 Toyota
4Runner Limited
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 Premium

2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited

9.8

starting from

$41,245

Reasons to buy the Toyota 4Runner Limited

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.6"
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Good cargo space
89.7 ft3
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Quite expensive
$41,245
2012 BMW X5 Premium

9.5

Runner-up

BMW X5 Premium

starting from

$55,675
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 Premium

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Paddle shifters
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Winner: 4Runner Limited
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  • The 4Runner Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The 4Runner Limited has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 15 vs 10
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the 4Runner Limited's satellite radio; in the X5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
Performance 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 BMW X5 Premium Winner: X5 Premium
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  • The X5 Premium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 4Runner Limited
  • The X5 Premium's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • The X5 Premium has 3 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 5
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 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Winner: 4Runner Limited
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  • The best price we've seen is $14,430 cheaper (around 30% less), $41,245 vs $55,675
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 16 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The X5 Premium's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the 4Runner Limited is pretty good, too
  • The X5 Premium has lightning fast acceleration, and the 4Runner Limited isn't bad, either
Overall 9.8 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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Number of speakers 15 vs 10 Both have more speakers, but the 4Runner Limited in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the 4Runner Limited's satellite radio; in the X5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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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 4Runner Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the X5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the 4Runner Limited

Performance

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The X5 Premium is fairly powerful, but the 4Runner Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 8 The X5 Premium has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the 4Runner Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the X5 Premium's semi-automatic transmission and the 4Runner Limited's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The X5 Premium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 4Runner Limited
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The X5 Premium's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.8 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 4Runner Limited's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 42.0 ft The 4Runner Limited is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 Premium is quite bad

Safety Features

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
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X5 Premium
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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 X5 Premium 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 BMW Assist

Cost

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4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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MSRP $41,245 vs $55,675 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg The 4Runner Limited has OK city mileage, while the X5 Premium is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The X5 Premium's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 4Runner Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The X5 Premium's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 4Runner Limited's is very short

Luxury Features

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4Runner Limited
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X5 Premium
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 89.7 ft3 vs 75.2 ft3 The 4Runner Limited has lots of cargo room and the X5 Premium is pretty good
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity 1495 lb vs 1290 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 10 vs 4 The 4Runner Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the X5 Premium does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Toyota
4Runner Limited
2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The X5 Premium has lightning fast acceleration, and the 4Runner Limited isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 130 ft The X5 Premium has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the 4Runner Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.9 s @ 87 mph vs 14.7 s @ 92 mph The X5 Premium's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the 4Runner Limited is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs 0.81 g The X5 Premium has good cornering abilities, but the 4Runner Limited is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

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