2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2017 Toyota 4Runner
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

A decade ago, the 4Runner's list of rivals was a mile long.

Today, it's really just the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Wrangler bests the 4Runner's off-road ability, but perhaps not enough to justify its sloppy handling, loud cabin, and high price tag for many buyers.

On the other hand, the Jeep Grand Cherokee gives up some four-wheeling capability but rewards drivers with a better ride and handling setup than in the 4Runner.

The Toyota's list of rag-tag rivals moves next into the Subaru Outback, with its tall-wagon stance, good fuel economy, and surprising dirt road ability.

The Toyota Tacoma is a natural cross-showroom rival to the 4Runner; it's more modern, but also less comfortable.

And then there's the Lexus GX 460.

Lower-spec versions offer much of the Toyota's capability with an added dose of luxury for not that much more than a range-topping 4Runner.

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Quick Specs
If it's an exploration companion you're after, the Toyota 4Runner fits the bill exceptionally well.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a benchmark SUV; it's a luxury vehicle, a talented off-roader, a scalding-hot track runner, and a family wagon extraordinaire.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is a unique off-roader bolstered by the freedom of open air driving. Its aging design is a throwback to the past, but it offers just enough contemporary features and modern amenities.
The 2017 Subaru Outback is a worthy competitor to many SUVs on capability alone—factor in price and it should be a no-brainer.
A new TRD Pro package further cements the 2017 Toyota Tacoma's reputation as an off-road leader.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/AStandard SUV 2WDN/ASmall SUV 4WDN/A
Style Name    
SR5 2WD (GS)75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*Big Bear 4x4 *Ltd Avail*2.5iSR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilityAccess Cab
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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