The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is a well-reviewed and affordable SUV that’s ideal for rough terrain. A 4.0-liter V6 engine with 240 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque helps this machine tow up to 5,000 pounds. The SUV also offers a long list of safety features, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, vehicle stability control and traction control. Blind Spot Monitors and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available on the top-of-the-line 4Runner SR5 trim.
Combined fuel economy comes in at 17 MPG, with 16 MPG city and 19 MPG highway, which is a tad low for 2022 standards but not unusual for an SUV like the 4Runner. The base SR5 trim starts at around $37,000 and Toyota offers two additional trims, the TRD Sport and the SR5 Premium. With 3 versions and a V6 engine, you have to wonder how the competition compares to Toyota’s SUV.
8 Ford Explorer
The 2022 Ford Explorer beat Toyota in price, towing capacity and mileage. The base trim starts a few bucks below $34,000, and three engine options (a 4-cylinder and two different V6 engines) are available across the 8 different models.
The Explorer can two between 5,000 and 5,600 pounds, and it can get up to 21 MPG in the city and up to 28 MPG on the highway. However, buyers should be aware that older Ford Explorer models had reliability and safety issues.
7 Chevy Tahoe
The 2022 Tahoe is more expensive than the 4Runner, starting around $50,000, and rear-wheel drive is standard in all trims except the Z71 which uses 4WD as standard. However, an upgrade to 4WD is optional for other trims.
Although more expensive than the 4 Runner, the Tahoe beat Toyota in terms of mileage with 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. The Tahoe is also a beast when it comes to towing capacity, this machine can haul close to 8,000 pounds!
6 Nissan Pathfinder
The base sticker price for this SUV is $33,880, making it a slightly cheaper option than the 4Runner. The car comfortably seats 8 people and has a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs.
The 4WD Pathfinder also has a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine can develop 284 horsepower.
5 jeep grand cherokee
Jeeps are synonymous with the rugged performance the 4Runner hopes to achieve, but can they stand up to the Toyota? Well, in terms of price, it’s only slightly more expensive, between $38,000 and $40,000. Jeep offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 5.7-liter V8 engine for the latest model, the latter of which can reach 357 horsepower.
Towing capacity maxes out at around 6,200 pounds, and the car can achieve 19 MPG in the city and 26 on the highway. The 4Runner is also well rated, Car and driver gave the car a 9 out of 10, the only negative being that, like the Chevy Tahoe, all-wheel drive isn’t standard across the board.
4 Dodge Durango
Dodge has been in the truck and SUV game for decades now, so how does the famous Durango compare to the 4Runner? Well, on the one hand, this SUV might have the best towing capacity of any SUV on the market right now, reaching a maximum capacity of 8,700 lbs!
The versions are built with 4 engine options available, the maximum being a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that can produce up to 475 horsepower. Fuel-wise, the car can achieve 19 MPG in the city and 26 on the highway. The sticker’s starting price is close to $37,000.
3 Nissan Armada
The previously mentioned Nissan Pathfinder isn’t the only option available from Toyota’s other Japanese competitor. Although more expensive, starting at around $50,000, the Armada offers greater towing capacity (8,500 lbs.) and a 5.6-liter V8 engine developing 400 horsepower.
However, when it comes to fuel economy, it might be the only SUV on this list that loses out to the 4Runner. The Armada only gets 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway.
2 GMC Yukon
The Yukon is also more expensive than the 4Runner. Starting prices are well over $50,000, and higher trims are much more expensive than Toyota’s.
In terms of price, the Yukon loses to Toyota, but it wins in terms of performance. Towing capacity can reach 7,900 pounds, fuel economy reaches 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and the SUV comes with a 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 engine. GMC also offers a 6-cylinder diesel engine option.
1 Chevy Commuter
Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive are the two options for this SUV, and like the GMC Yukon, it’s one of the few SUVs listed here that offers a diesel engine. Customers can choose between a 5.3-liter V8, a 3.0-liter turbo diesel and a 6.2-liter V8, the latter of which can reach 420 horsepower.
Starting MSRP is $53,200, mileage sits at 14 MPG city and 20 MPG highway. Towing capacity can reach 7,800 pounds. In addition to the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the Chevy Blazer is also comparable to the Toyota 4Runner, although it is much more compact than the Tahoe or Suburban.
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