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Selected Style RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 23 $28,603 $31,090
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $35,508 $38,595
4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 22 $30,205 $32,830
4WD 4-Door V6 Trail 17 22 $33,815 $36,755
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $37,380 $40,630
FWD 4-Door Base
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,603
$26,837
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,090
$28,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$518 / month
$471 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think. It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 38.6 40.5
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Third Hip Room (in) NA 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 61.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 40.6
Third Head Room (in) NA 37.8
Front Hip Room (in) 56.5 57.3
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA 50.8
Second Leg Room (in) 32.9 39.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.3 151.7
Second Hip Room (in) 55.7 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 61.3
Third Leg Room (in) NA 33.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 9.0 7.6
Length, Overall (in) 189.9 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.1 70.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.2 67.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.8 78.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 89.7 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 47.2 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.3 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.0 18.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 39.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.4 15.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size Full Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4400 4557
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full Size Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 175
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 278 @ 4400 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code 1GR 998
Displacement 4.0L/241 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 270 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 25
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 2.87
Trans Order Code NA 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.0 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.52 4.48
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.4 1.84
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name Toyota 4Runner Ford Explorer
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.22 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Rigid Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Coil Spring w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79 0.86
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.8 9.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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