Last year Kia seemed the odd one out for introducing an all-new truck-based SUV, the Borrego, at a time when the market was steering away from such vehicles.
This year, it’s Toyota, with this excellent vehicle that will likely sell at a small fraction of the rate of earlier in the decade.
For those who really need the off-road ability, the 4Runner is a great choice, especially in Trail trim.
With the available KDSS system, the 4Runner won’t rattle you as much as a Pathfinder or Grand Cherokee, while still offering as much ability for most types of off-roading.
The 4Runner also maneuvers and rides a bit better than the Pathfinder, while compared to the Grand Cherokee it gets better fuel economy than the Jeep does in V-6 or V-8 form.
The Ford Explorer remains a different type of choice, and it’s best for those who want towing ability but not necessarily boulder-crawling prowess.
|2010 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2010 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2010 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings||2009 Kia BorregoBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|RWD 4-Door L4 SR5 (Natl)||RWD 4-Door XLT||RWD 4-Door Laredo||2WD 4-Door V6 S FE+||2WD 4-Door V6 LX|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||2 Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SR5||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|