2015 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2015 Toyota 4Runner
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

While most SUV drivers don't actually need an off-road vehicle, there's a few that do need something like a Toyota 4Runner, at least in its base SR5 or Trail trim.

The Ford Explorer has a similar shape to the 4Runner, but it's gone full crossover, sharing running gear with the Taurus sedan.

The Nissan Xterra is a five-seater only, but it's essentially a Frontier pickup with a wagon body, so it has real off-road strength.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is still a formidable all-terrain vehicle, especially with its new EcoDiesel engine, but it gets quite expensive quite easily--and who wants to ruin a really nice $50,000 SUV? Jeep's Wrangler still has the off-road chops, but it's on a different level in terms of refinement and features.

The 4Runner has a corporate rival: its cousin, the Lexus GX 460, has the same underpinnings, but more luxury features and a V-8 engine.

The GX doesn't cost much more than the 4Runner Trail, but because of its complicated power-folding third-row seat and side-opening hatch, we'd rather have the Toyota.

While dedicated off-road weekend-warrior types might have chosen Toyota's smaller FJ Cruiser in the past, it's no longer available as of 2015, putting a little more pressure on the 4Runner.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Toyota 4Runner offers true SUV capability--and trades away some on-road refinement for it.
The 2015 Ford Explorer has a historic name, but it's a much more comfortable, road-worthy vehicle than it ever was in the past.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an engine for everyone, and a feature list as extensive as those found in luxury sedans.
The 2015 Nissan Xterra can go just about anywhere, and it won't clutter your decision with tons of options.
The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser pairs tough trail-ready hardware with modern features and fab styling--but it's not for families or commuters.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
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N/AStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDN/AN/A
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RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)FWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door Altitude2WD 4-Door Automatic XRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
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Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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