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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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Compared to trucklike SUVs, as well as V-6 or V-8 crossovers, the Toyota 4Runner isn't all that bad, with its EPA ratings of up to 17 mpg city, 23 highway. 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.
The 4Runner's 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.
You might say that the 4Runner needs a four-cylinder option, but Toyota has tried that--recently--and that model disappointed for mileage, at 18/23 with rear-wheel drive.
There's no green pick here in the Toyota 4Runner lineup; if family duty is the main game, you have many more fuel-efficient alternatives.