2018 Toyota 4Runner comparison

Toyota 4Runner for 2018

Carving a different path on-road or off, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner makes a statement. Rugged curb appeal sets it apart from overdressed SUVs. Off-roading prowess, which comes in several levels to suit your taste, is a major reason to put it on your must-test-drive list. Adventure waits just ahead when you are behind the wheel of a 4Runner. Most SUVs today emphasize road travel only. Even if they have four-wheel drive capability, they tend to lean toward on-road all-wheel drive. The 4Runner sticks to its roots. With 270 horses under the hood, it can take on any road challenge. High torque can be controlled at low speeds to generate the push needed for crawling across rough terrain. Skid plates and a full-size spare tire are ready just in case. If you like to bring your toys with you, you’ll have no problem with the 4Runner. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds. You can use the rear power window to access the hold, leaving the gate in place. If it gets dirty on the trail, the window can be lowered for a clearer view. Utility continues inside where you’ll find a large cargo hold. Unlike some SUVs which skimp on space, the 4Runner has 47.2 cu.ft. before you fold down the seats.

Maintaining Toyota standards, the interior has refined features to please the driver and passengers. On the dash, you have the Entune™ system with a touchscreen, rearview camera, and USB port. The driver’s seat is an eight-way power chair. Toyota uses Optitron instrumentation for better views regardless of light conditions. Higher editions dress it up. Heated and ventilated front seats can regulate your temperature. Power-defrost side mirrors are standards. Many people don’t realize that they can customize the 4Runner with a third row. For those who have carpool duty or a growing family, this expansion may be the perfect answer. The family driver will have some fun, but there’s a seat for everyone.

Safety features include the active headrests, which work to prevent neck injuries during a collision. Hill Assist Control protects the gears and brakes when you make a cold start up a hill. Despite their penchant for a challenge, 4Runners offer great durability. Of those sold within the last ten years, some 90 percent are still rolling down the highway today. You can take a test drive and experience hands-on research at our dealership.

Toyota 4Runner vs. Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder and 4Runner offer different takes on family life. Nissan Pathfinders seat families on three rows, offer a smaller cargo area, and don’t expect to be taken off the beaten path. The 4Runner seats five with the ability to expand that to seven. It has an expansive cargo area to take care of all of your gear. The 4Runner puts the utility back in SUV. 4Runner advantages include:

  • Bigger cargo capacity (47.2 vs. 16 cu.ft.)
  • More torque (278 vs. 258 lb.-ft.)
  • Balanced weight distribution for better handling
  • Gas-charged shocks for improved ride quality
  • Front knee airbags

Toyota 4Runner vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai’s 19th place in reliability is eclipsed by Toyota’s 4th place. Further making the case for Toyota, the brand earned Best Brand for Resale Value. ToyotaCare adds two years of scheduled maintenance, further reducing your costs. When you add it up, the 4Runner becomes the better deal. Besides, you won’t want to take the Santa Fe on the trail. Since the 4Runner offers a third row, you can have more seating if you need it. 4Runner advantages include:

  • More torque (278 vs. 252 lb.-ft.)
  • Bigger cargo capacity: (47.2. vs 13.5 cu.ft.)
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Toyota 4Runner vs. Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is another rival without any serious off-roading capability. With plenty of standards and options to match the Sorento, the 4Runner may be rugged, but it is equal to the task of keeping a family comfortable. 4Runner advantages include:

  • More horsepower (270 vs. 185)
  • More torque (262 vs. 178)
  • Bigger Cargo Capacity: (47.2 vs 38 cu.ft.)
  • Driver power chair
  • Leather-clad steering wheel
  • Front knee airbags

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