Compare 2009 Ford Explorer vs 2008 Toyota 4Runner

2009 Ford Explorer
2008 Toyota 4Runner
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RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $26,458 $28,470
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $27,649 $29,780
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
AWD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $29,319 $31,615
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
AWD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 15 21 $30,512 $32,925
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $32,901 $35,550
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $34,093 $36,860
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
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RWD 4-Door V6 SR5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 16 21 $25,658 $28,415
RWD 4-Door V8 SR5 15 19 $27,477 $30,430
4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 16 20 $27,711 $30,690
RWD 4-Door V6 Sport 16 21 $27,621 $30,725
RWD 4-Door V8 Sport 15 19 $28,902 $32,105
4WD 4-Door V8 SR5 14 17 $29,532 $32,705
4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 16 20 $29,677 $33,000
4WD 4-Door V8 Sport 14 17 $30,954 $34,380
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 16 21 $31,695 $35,100
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 19 $33,284 $36,860
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 16 20 $33,748 $37,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 17 $35,337 $39,135
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,458
$25,658
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,470
$28,415
Monthly Payment Estimate
$475 / month
$474 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals. The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
NA NA
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 55.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA NA
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 55.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 58.0
Third Leg Room (in)
NA NA
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 39.1
Third Hip Room (in)
NA NA
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 57.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 103.1
Exterior Dimensions
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.4 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
193.4 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.3 -
Height, Overall (in)
71.9 69.3
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.7 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
44.3 -
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 109.8
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 75.2
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.4 -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 62.0
Track Width, Front (in)
- 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
- 189.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.8 75.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
45.1 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.85 x 0.39 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.01 x 0.43 12.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 23.0
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
18.9 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 37.4
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.04
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
721 -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
721 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
721 -
Spare Tire Size
P235/70R16 P265/70R16
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
8500 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3340 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2107 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2860 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2329 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4045
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts
1950 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 266 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
- TBD - NA
Displacement
4.0L/245 4.0L/241
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 236 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 16
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.52
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.40
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 2.04
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.73
Summary
Body Code
NA -
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SR5
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Toyota 4Runner
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 -
Axle Type - Front
Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA 4-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.77 0.83
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2200 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 1.14
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3600 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2470 -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Coil-Spring
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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