2010 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota 4Runner 4WD 4-door V6 SR5 (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Last year Kia seemed the odd one out for introducing an all-new truck-based SUV, the Borrego, at a time when the market was steering away from such vehicles.

This year, it’s Toyota, with this excellent vehicle that will likely sell at a small fraction of the rate of earlier in the decade.

For those who really need the off-road ability, the 4Runner is a great choice, especially in Trail trim.

With the available KDSS system, the 4Runner won’t rattle you as much as a Pathfinder or Grand Cherokee, while still offering as much ability for most types of off-roading.

The 4Runner also maneuvers and rides a bit better than the Pathfinder, while compared to the Grand Cherokee it gets better fuel economy than the Jeep does in V-6 or V-8 form.

The Ford Explorer remains a different type of choice, and it’s best for those who want towing ability but not necessarily boulder-crawling prowess.

2010 Toyota 4Runner 4WD 4-door V6 SR5 (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2010 Toyota 4Runner
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2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-door XLT Angular Front Exterior View2010 Ford Explorer
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2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2010 Nissan Pathfinder2010 Nissan Pathfinder
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2009 Kia Borrego LX2009 Kia Borrego
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a brawny “true truck” worth serious consideration if tough off-roading capability for regular trail driving is one of your requirements—and it won’t sacrifice comfort the rest of the time.
If you're torn between an SUV and a pickup and cutting-edge styling isn't important, the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac might be the answer.
Unless your routine involves off-roading or extremely difficult conditions, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee only serves to show that modern crossover vehicles are better choices for most families.
If you’re after serious off-roading ability, the Pathfinder is more than capable—otherwise, there are comfier options available.
The 2009 Kia Borrego isn’t the type of vehicle that’s especially popular or fashionable at this time, but it’s a home run against the competition.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door L4 SR5 (GS)RWD 4-Door XLTRWD 4-Door Laredo2WD 4-Door V6 S FE+2WD 4-Door V6 LX
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive2 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SR54 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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