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Report: Toyota dropping 4Runner’s 4-cylinder

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Report: Toyota dropping 4Runner’s 4-cylinder

By Mark Kleis

According to sources placed within Toyota Motor Company, the Japanese automaker has decided to remove the four-cylinder engine from the 2011 4Runner, leaving just the 4.0-liter V6 engine.

This new information comes from Truck Trend, who say the sources pointed to an incredibly low take rate for the four-cylinder powerplant, likely due to the fact that the six-cylinder engine only averages about one less mile per gallon mixed compared to the less powerful four-cylinder offering.

The 4Runner’s 4.0-liter V6 boasts 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, and in two-wheel drive trim is good for 17 city, 23 highway mpg, with a mixed EPA rating of 19 mpg. By contrast, the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine only pumps out 157 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque – a massive disparity, particularly when considering the vehicle’s weight is in the realm of 4,750 lbs. Despite its anemic power rating, the four-cylinder is only rated at 18 city, 23 highway, with a mixed rating of 20 mpg.

The difference in price between the two engines is $1,675 MSRP, which explains why the automaker is believed to have sold fewer than a thousand models equipped with the four-cylinder engine.

Toyota has not announced the move officially, however, but if the sources are true this will mark the second time an engine has been removed from the 4Runner’s option list in so many years. Toyota removed its V8 engine from the 4Runner in 2010.



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Report: Toyota already set to cancel four-cylinder 4Runner

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Jul 30th 2010 at 10:29AM

Cars and trucks here in the U.S. are being invaded by more efficient four-cylinder engines. Both the 2011 Buick Regal and Hyundai Sonata, for example, feature four-pot-only lineups. Even the 4,800-pound Toyota 4Runner has an entry-level 2.7-liter four. Well, at least the off-road-ready Toyota did offer a four-banger for one model year.

Motor Trend is reporting that Toyota will discontinue the four-cylinder model from the 2011 4Runner lineup due to an anemic take rate of less than 10 percent. That's pretty amazing given the fact that the V6 option costs nearly $4,000 more than the four-cylinder model, but the power and fuel economy stats tell the whole story. The downsized engine option only provides 157-horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. That's down a whopping 113 ponies and 100 lb-ft compared to the optional 4.0-liter V6, while combined fuel economy is within one mile-per-gallon of the more powerful engine.

If taking away 1.3-liters and 113-horsepower only nets you a fuel economy gain of one measly mpg, we can't blame customers for overwhelmingly opting for the far more powerful V6. And we really enjoyed our time with a 4.0-liter equipped 4Runner, too, so we're thinking the extra money is well-spent.



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By Mark Kleis

Rumors surfaced yesterday suggesting that Toyota planned to remove the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine from the 4Runner’s lineup for next year’s model, and today Toyota has confirmed those rumors by releasing pricing for 2011.

When the 2011 Toyota 4Runner begins arriving in dealers across the country in September, customers and dealers alike will notice something is missing – the rare and typically undesirable four-cylinder 4Runner. As a result, the cheapest 4Runner possible will now get a sizable bump in price to $29,525 – not including $850 destination – for the SR5 V6 two-wheel drive model.

The new entry price reflects two changes, one being the removal of the less expensive four-cylinder variant which started at $27,500 (before destination fees of $850), and the other being an additional change of 1.2 percent in price, or a $350 price hike compared to the same 2010 model.

Other pricing changes include a $115 drop for the Limited V6 two-wheel drive model, as well as for the Limited four-wheel drive model, now priced at $37,650 and $39,685, respectively. the SR5 V6 four-wheel drive gets a $350 price bump, while the Trail V6 four-wheel drive sees a minor $105 price increase over the previous model year.

Aside from dropping the four-cylinder powerplant, Toyota says the 2011 trucks carries over virtually unchanged from 2010 – the year the current generation 4Runner was first introduced.



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