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Selected Style RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $26,458 $28,470
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $27,649 $29,780
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $29,319 $31,615
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 15 21 $30,512 $32,925
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $32,901 $35,550
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $34,093 $36,860
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
AWD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
AWD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
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
$26,458
$25,658
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,470
$28,415
Monthly Payment Estimate
$475 / month
$474 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals. 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
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 Capacity 5 5
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA NA
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 34.6
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
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 103.1
Exterior Dimensions
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 -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.3 -
Height, Overall (in) 71.9 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 -
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) - 62.0
Track Width, Front (in) - 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.7
Length, Overall (in) - 189.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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 -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.85 x 0.39 12.3 x - TBD -
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 23.0
Fuel Tank Location Midship -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 38.4 - TBD -
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.04
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 721 -
Spare Tire Size P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Front Tire Order Code T53 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code T53 NA
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 T53 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Front Tire Size P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
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
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2329 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 8500 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3340 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2107 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6010 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2860 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4045
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts 1950 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System SMPI EFI
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 21
Transmission
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
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
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.07 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.29 2.04
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.73
Summary
Body Code NA -
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door SR5
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Toyota 4Runner
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.55 -
Axle Type - Front Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32.0 - TBD -
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 -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - NA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Coil-Spring
Frame
Frame Type Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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