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2009 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

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The Nissan Pathfinder is the closest match to the 2009 Toyota 4Runner; its interior 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.

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 Durango is another potential alternative; it boasts impressive towing ability, but it’s not as off-road-focused as the 4Runner.

Compared to the 4Runner, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and the nearly identical GMC Envoy) feel sorely outdated, as those models lack the refinement of the 4Runner; the 4Runner also handles much more confidently than these GM vehicles and is safer.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 4Runner's long-held reputation for reliability is an advantage it holds over these models.

2009 Toyota 4Runner SR52009 Toyota 4Runner2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer2008 Dodge Durango SXT2008 Dodge Durango2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Explorer2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Pathfinder
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The 2009 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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Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
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If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
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As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
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Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door SXTRWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD 4-Door V6 S
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SR54 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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