2012 Toyota 4Runner Fuel Economy

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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.

The 2012 Toyota 4Runner simply isn't a green pick, if everyday family duty is the game.

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.

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