Compare 2012 Toyota 4Runner vs 2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Toyota 4Runner
2012 Ford Explorer
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RWD 4-Door V6 SR5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 23 $28,603 $31,090
4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 22 $30,205 $32,830
4WD 4-Door V6 Trail 17 22 $33,815 $36,755
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $35,508 $38,595
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $37,380 $40,630
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
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
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.7 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 61.3
Third Leg Room (in)
NA 33.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.8 78.9
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.2 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.0 18.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.4 15.8
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/70R17 P245/65R17
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4400 4557
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full Size Compact
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
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
Displacement
4.0L/241 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
270 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
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
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
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Toyota 4Runner Ford Explorer
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 9.1
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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