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GREEN | 5 out of 10
17 mpg city, 23 highway (RWD); 17/22 (4WD)
A green “eco” light in the dash comes on when you’re being thrifty on the throttle, and we averaged 18 mpg over a mix of highway cruising and off-road slogging
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The 4Runner's body-on-frame layout has some advantages off-road or when hauling heavy loads, but its added weight (compared to modern car-based crossovers) and boxier body altogether aren't good for gas mileage.
That said, next to trucklike SUVs (and even a number of luxury crossovers), the 4Runner isn't so bad; its EPA rating of 17 mpg in the city is 1 mpg better than that of the V-6 Grand Cherokee, and better than virtually all larger trucks.
Originally in 2010, with the launch of the current-generation 4Runner, Toyota offered a four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive. But it didn't do much better, at 18/23, and they discontinued that combination for last year.
The 2012 Toyota 4Runner simply isn't a green pick, if everyday family duty is the game.