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Selected Style RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 16 21 $25,658 $28,415
RWD 4-Door V6 Sport 16 21 $27,621 $30,725
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 16 21 $31,695 $35,100
RWD 4-Door V8 SR5 15 19 $27,477 $30,430
RWD 4-Door V8 Sport 15 19 $28,902 $32,105
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 19 $33,284 $36,860
4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 16 20 $27,711 $30,690
4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 16 20 $29,677 $33,000
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 16 20 $33,748 $37,375
4WD 4-Door V8 SR5 14 17 $29,532 $32,705
4WD 4-Door V8 Sport 14 17 $30,954 $34,380
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 17 $35,337 $39,135
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,771
$25,658
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,495
$28,415
Monthly Payment Estimate
$442 / month
$474 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat. The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate -
EPA Classification - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA NA
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 34.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 39.7
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 55.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.0 58.0
Third Leg Room (in) NA NA
Second Head Room (in) 38.7 39.1
Third Hip Room (in) NA NA
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 57.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.8
Third Head Room (in) NA NA
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 103.1
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.3 -
Height, Overall (in) 72.8 69.3
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.7 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 44.3 -
Wheelbase (in) 113.7 109.8
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 75.2
Side Door Opening Width (in) NA -
Overhang, Front (in) 35.4 -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.4 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 193.4 -
Side Door Opening Height (in) NA -
Track Width, Rear (in) - 62.0
Track Width, Front (in) - 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.7
Length, Overall (in) - 189.2
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 85.8 75.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 45.1 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.01 x 0.43 12.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.85 x 0.39 12.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 23.0
Fuel Tank Location Midship -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 18.9 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 37.4
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.04
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 721 -
Rear Tire Size P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare 721 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code T52 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Front Tire Size P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 721 -
Spare Tire Size P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Front Tire Order Code T52 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code T52 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 5000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6010 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3340 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2107 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2860 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 8500 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2329 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4045
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts 1950 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 254 @ 3700 266 @ 4000
Engine Order Code - TBD - NA
Displacement 4.0L/245 4.0L/241
Engine Oil Cooler NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5100 236 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 16
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.54 1.40
Trans Type 5 5
Trans PTO Access NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.07 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.29 2.04
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA -
Trans Power Take Off NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.52
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.73
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door SR5
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Toyota 4Runner
Body Code NA -
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA 4-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.77 0.83
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2200 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.34 1.14
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3600 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2470 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.55 -
Axle Type - Front Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32.0 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Coil-Spring
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - NA
Frame
Frame Type Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type NA -
 
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