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2014 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

 
2014 Toyota 4Runner
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The vast majority of SUV drivers don't really need an off-road vehicle--they're looking for all-weather traction.

The handful that do want to be true explorers really do need something like a Toyota 4Runner, at least in its base SR5 or Trail trim.

There's authentic off-road capability here that's long gone from the Ford Explorer, which now shares some running gear with the Taurus sedan.

The Nissan Xterra is a five-seater only, but it's essentially a Frontier pickup with a wagon body, so rugged isn't just a keyword.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is still a formidable all-terrain vehicle, especially with its new EcoDiesel edition, but it gets quite expensive quite easily--and who wants to ruin a really nice $50,000 SUV? The 4Runner has two rivals within its own company to consider: its cousin, the Lexus GX 460, has the same underpinnings, but more luxury appliques like running boards and a V-8 engine.

The GX doesn't cost much more than the 4Runner Trail, but with its complicated power-folding third-row seat and side-opening hatch, we'd rather have the Toyota.

And the most dedicated off-road weekend-warrior types should also consider the slightly more compact Toyota FJ Cruiser, which uses some of the same off-road hardware.

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7.8
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The 2014 Toyota 4Runner's brawny looks don't fit the crossover mold, but neither do its off-road talents, either.
8.6
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The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
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The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee adds great turbodiesel fuel economy to a resume already blushing with talent.
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Few vehicles can boast the 2014 Lexus GX 460's on- and off-road capabilities--but how many luxury car owners go rock-crawling?
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The 2014 Nissan Xterra doesn't have many extras available, but it does accomplish exactly what a weekend warrior would want–plus it can go just about anywhere.
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The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser pairs tough trail-ready hardware with modern features and fab styling--but it's not for families or commuters.
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Gas Mileage     
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Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
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RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)FWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door Altitude4WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door Automatic XRWD 4-Door Automatic (SE)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
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