2018 Toyota 4Runner vs. Its Competition

2018 Toyota 4Runner
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

First and foremost, the Toyota 4Runner makes the most sense for buyers who plan to spend a lot of time leaving the pavement.

It’s more refined than the Jeep Wrangler and more capable than the Jeep Grand Cherokee; it essentially falls between the two as a happy medium.

If you’re set on a Toyota, look to the automaker’s Tacoma pickup for its similar level of ruggedness and more utility.

And if four-wheeling’s not your thing, direct yourself to the Toyota Highlander parked across the showroom.

It’s classier on-road and has a more useful and roomy interior.

And if it’s only light trails you’re after, the evergreen Subaru Outback is surprisingly capable when the going gets rough.

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5.7
If you’re going off-road, consider the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. It’s a trusty tool for any kind of expedition, but it’s not so civilized around town.
7.7
Only poor crash test scores keep the Grand Cherokee down, as this talented family hauler offers luxury and utility and buyers can choose off-road capability, track talent, or even more luxury.
5.8
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler skips over the on-road part of the driving test, and heads straight for the hills.
7.8
Unless you really need three rows of seats, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the sensible SUV alternative.
6.8
The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake.
5.8
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup with the right-sized attitude: it’s nimble off road, capable, and just enough truck for many buyers.
MSRP From     
$34,810$30,895$23,995$25,895$31,230$25,400
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/A
Style Name     
SR5 2WD (GS)Altitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*Freedom Edition 4x42.5iLE I4 FWD (Natl)SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554584
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilityAccess Cab
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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