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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|2017 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings||2017 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2017 Jeep WranglerBrowse Used Listings||2017 Subaru OutbackBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|N/A||Standard SUV 2WD||N/A||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||N/A|
|SR5 2WD (GS)||75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*||Big Bear 4x4 *Ltd Avail*||2.5i||SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (SE)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||All Wheel||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Access Cab|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2017 Jeep Wrangler||2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2017 Subaru Outback||2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma|