2009 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota 4Runner SR5

The Nissan Pathfinder is the closest match to the 2009 Toyota 4Runner; its interior 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.

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

Compared to the 4Runner, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and the nearly identical GMC Envoy) feel sorely outdated, as those models lack the refinement of the 4Runner; the 4Runner also handles much more confidently than these GM vehicles and is safer.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 4Runner's long-held reputation for reliability is an advantage it holds over these models.

2009 Toyota 4Runner SR52009 Toyota 4Runner
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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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2008 Dodge Durango SXT2008 Dodge Durango
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2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Explorer
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2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Pathfinder
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Quick Specs
The 2009 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.
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door SXTRWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD 4-Door V6 S
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SR54 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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