2011 Toyota
4Runner Trail
vs. 2011 Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab

2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail

10.0

starting from

$37,365

Reasons to buy the Toyota 4Runner Trail

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OK brakes
Disc
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Best suspension
Independent
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Average power
270 HP @ 5,600 RPM
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Average range on the highway
506 miles
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

9.2

starting from

$26,955

Reasons to buy the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Good braking distance from 60mph
131 ft
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Very inexpensive
$26,955
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Cramped front seats
56.0 ft3
Luxury Features 6.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Winner: 4Runner Trail
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 4Runner Trail's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 4Runner Trail's power seats; not available on the Tacoma Double Cab
  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 4Runner Trail; optional upgrade on the Tacoma Double Cab
Practicality 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Winner: 4Runner Trail
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  • The 4Runner Trail offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Tacoma Double Cab
  • The 4Runner Trail has 4 more cupholders, 10 vs 6
  • Room for more than 2.5x more stuff, 88.8 ft3 vs 35.4 ft3
Entertainment System 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Winner: 4Runner Trail
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  • The 4Runner Trail has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 6
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Winner: Tacoma Double Cab
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  • The best price we've seen is $10,410 cheaper (around 30% less), $26,955 vs $37,365
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Both have electronic stability control
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.2 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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 Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the 4Runner Trail's power seats; not available on the Tacoma Double Cab
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keyless entry Optional vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 4Runner Trail; optional upgrade on the Tacoma Double Cab
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 35.4 ft3 vs 88.8 ft3 The 4Runner Trail has OK cargo room, while the Tacoma Double Cab has very little
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front seats 56.0 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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Base payload capacity 1320 lb vs 1550 lb The 4Runner Trail is comparable to most other vehicles for towing capacity, but the Tacoma Double Cab is quite limited
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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 4Runner Trail offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Tacoma Double Cab
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Cupholders 6 vs 10 The 4Runner Trail has an absurd number of cupholders, 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 The 4Runner Trail has more speakers and the Tacoma Double Cab is OK, too
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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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include 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 No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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MSRP $26,955 vs $37,365 The Tacoma Double Cab has a great price and the 4Runner Trail is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
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 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The 4Runner Trail has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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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Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Horsepower 236 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 270 HP @ 5,600 RPM The 4Runner Trail is of average power, but the Tacoma Double Cab is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The 4Runner Trail's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 17.5 lb/hp vs 17.6 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.6 ft vs 37.4 ft The 4Runner Trail can make tight turns, and the Tacoma Double Cab is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the 4Runner Trail
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota
4Runner Trail
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 7.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs 138 ft The Tacoma Double Cab has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the 4Runner Trail is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 86 mph vs 15.9 s @ 87 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs 0.73 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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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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2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Placeholder Tacoma Double Cab vs Tacoma Access Cab
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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for fedup fedup (2:45 PM, August 07, 2014)
Not a fair comparison. While extras in the taco most of the extras in the 4runner are available while still keeping the tacos price down. And the taco has ALOT more cargo when figuring the bed with a cap not to mention the versatility! How about comparing tow ratings? Actual vehicle weights? And the mileage should be the combined, not city. No one buys these based on city mileage!