2008 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Compared to the 4Runner, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and the nearly identical GMC Envoy) feel sorely outdated, as those models lack the refinement of the 4Runner; the 4Runner also handles much more confidently than these GM vehicles and is safer.

The Durango is another potential alternative; it boasts impressive towing ability, but it’s not as off-road-focused as the 4Runner.

The Ford Explorer now includes a full range of safety features, handles well, and is quite comfortable inside, but it doesn’t offer the off-road hardiness possible in the 4Runner.

The Nissan Pathfinder is the closest match to the 2008 Toyota 4Runner; it has an interior that trumps the Toyota's in appearance, while coming in at a lower price.

The Nissan handles well, like the 4Runner, and its base V-6 engine is especially strong, yet efficient.

Against any of these vehicles, though, the 4Runner has the advantage of especially strong resale value and a long-established reputation for reliability and durability.

2008 Toyota 4Runner SR52008 Toyota 4Runner
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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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Quick Specs
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.
Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door SXT
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door SR54 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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