At a moment when cars and trucks in the U.S. are being invaded by more efficient four-cylinder engines, Toyota is reportedly discontinuing the four-cylinder model form the 2011 4Runner lineup. The 4,800 pound Toyota 4Runner has an entry-level 2.7-liter four cylinder engine, and is being cut out due to an anemic take rate of less than 10 percent. Amazing since the V6 option costs nearly $4,000 more than the four-cylinder model.
The downsized engine option only provides 157-horsepower. That's down 113 ponies from the originally 4.0-liter V6, while combined fuel economy is within one mile per gallon of the more powerful engine. It's easy to see why customers overwhelmingly are opting for the far more powerful V6 if taking away 1.3-liters and 113-horsepwer only nets you a fuel economy gain of one mpg.