Compared to the 4Runner, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and the nearly identical GMC Envoy) feel sorely outdated, as those models lack the refinement of the 4Runner; the 4Runner also handles much more confidently than these GM vehicles and is safer.
The Durango is another potential alternative; it boasts impressive towing ability, but it’s not as off-road-focused as the 4Runner.
The Ford Explorer now includes a full range of safety features, handles well, and is quite comfortable inside, but it doesn’t offer the off-road hardiness possible in the 4Runner.
The Nissan Pathfinder is the closest match to the 2008 Toyota 4Runner; it has an interior that trumps the Toyota's in appearance, while coming in at a lower price.
The Nissan handles well, like the 4Runner, and its base V-6 engine is especially strong, yet efficient.
Against any of these vehicles, though, the 4Runner has the advantage of especially strong resale value and a long-established reputation for reliability and durability.
|2008 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (SE)||2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT||2WD 4-Door SXT|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SR5||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|