Toyota 4Runner vs. the Competition

Posted Friday, Apr 15, 2016 by nhtwpprod

The Toyota 4Runner is time and again one of the top sport utility vehicles in its class. As drivers visit their local car dealerships in Los Angeles, they want an SUV that stands tough and delivers all of the features and performance they need. This is what the Toyota 4Runner was built to achieve.

Before making any decision, including one as important as buying or leasing a new vehicle, it is important to do your research so you know exactly what you are getting for the price. As we move into another model year, it is time to see how the 2016 4Runner matches up against other crossovers on the market.

By seeing what is new in the 4Runner for 2016 and how each of its features compares to the competition, the only questions you’ll have to answer will be about the color you want and how soon you can drive one off the lot.

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Features of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner

In order to get an accurate comparison of the Toyota 4Runner against the competition, it is important to start by looking at its features. The first thing that drivers notice about the 4Runner is its 4.0-liter V6 engine with five-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. The 4Runner is bred for adventure and provides you with an unparalleled experience whether you are on the street or off-roading.

The 2016 SR5 4×2 model delivers 22 miles per gallon fuel economy on the highway, and 17 mpg in the city. The six-cylinder engine also produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and 278 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.

For those who plan to explore in their 4Runner, the vehicle’s 5,000- pound maximum towing capacity is a welcome sight. This four-door SUV seats five while still giving you plenty of room for your cargo. In fact, it boasts 47.2 cubic feet of cargo volume to hold all of your equipment when you leave home.

The 4Runner comes standard with a stabilizer bar, live rear suspension, and independent front suspension to maximize performance no matter where you are. Simply put, the 4Runner is made to withstand whatever conditions are thrown at it. In Los Angeles, that means driving anywhere, from up your favorite mountain road in the snow to taking your friends on a journey through the desert.

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In terms of interior features, the 2016 4Runner has an optional third-row seat for your kids if you need room for more passengers. Compared to the 2015 model, this year the crossover comes with cell phone navigation integration and a boosted audio system. Climate control capabilities come standard, as does the ability to connect your phone or mobile device to the audio setup to take control of your entertainment. Those driving in colder areas can take advantage of heated exterior mirrors, as well as a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

When it comes to safety, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner comes with all of the features you’d expect, including 4-wheel ABS brakes and active head restraints. Drivers also get the added protection of brake assist technology, and the 4Runner received a four star NHTSA front crash test rating.

For those who enjoy off-roading or going on adventures in their car, the 4Runner also has standard front fog lights and halogen headlights to help you see where you are going. Standard airbags all around and stability control are additional features that you and your family receive.

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What Do the Experts Think?

Before making any purchase, it is always a good idea to research to see what others are saying. This is especially true when buying a car, because making the wrong decision could have lasting consequences financially, and put you and your family in trouble. Expert reviews and analysis provide unbiased looks at the abilities of a car, as well as what it is like to be behind the wheel. What do the experts think about the 2016 Toyota 4Runner?

Kelley Blue Book’s online review of the 4Runner notes that it has built a reputation for “capability, longevity and strong resale.” The car is also described as a “dependable daily driver that can double as a rugged weekend warrior.” KBB highlights the 4Runner’s option to expand its seating capacity to seven with the third-row seat, as well as its ability to “really take a pounding and tackle immovable objects.”

The site is also a fan of the 4Runner’s rear liftgate power window and the TRD Pro Series trim. The power window allows you to load in your gear without having to open the entire liftgate. At the same time, you get the added benefit of being able to lower the rear window to help with ventilation.

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Edmunds has also reviewed the 2016 4Runner, which you can get at car dealerships in Los Angeles, and it receives a five-star rating from site users. Edmunds also praises the crossover’s optional third-row seat and says the 4Runner has “outstanding off-road capability; strong V6 engine; ample cargo capacity.” At the same time, the site notes that the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is one of the few SUVs these days to still offer body-on-frame construction, which adds to its off-road performance.

The 4Runner is largely unchanged from its 2015 version, when it was one of Edmunds’ top picks for a midsize two-row SUV. In addition to all of this, Toyota’s reputation in the industry for constructing reliable vehicles helps 4Runner stand out in its class.

How Does the Toyota 4Runner Stack Up?

Drivers looking to purchase a new crossover have a number of options, in addition to the 4Runner. To see how it stacks up against others in its class, it is best to compare standard features, safety, performance, and additional options so you know the value you will get that you won’t find elsewhere.

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is in the same class of vehicles as the Nissan Pathfinder SV 4×2, the Ford Explorer XLT FWD, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2. All four vehicles are similar, making it necessary to compare feature to feature, in order to find the best fit for you.

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The 4Runner holds the edge over the Pathfinder when it comes to horsepower, as Nissan’s crossover produces just 260 hp at 6,400 rpm. In addition, the 4Runner is the best of the bunch for torque, as only the Grand Cherokee Laredo reaches the 260 lb-ft mark. It is also among the leaders for standard and maximum towing capacity, beating out the Ford Explorer and staying on pace with the Pathfinder, neither of which disclose their payload capacity compared to 4Runner’s 1,700 pounds.

All in all, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is bred for adventure and provides drivers with an exceptional off-road experience while also improving its on-road performance and capabilities. Other SUVs find it hard to beat what the 4Runner can deliver, such as more 4WD capability and the fact that, from the base SR5 grade on, it is ready to tow from the first time you get behind the wheel.

Taking into account the spacious cabin, under-floor storage, and cargo room, it is easy to see why Toyota is sticking with a proven winner in the 4Runner. For a comparably equipped price of just over $34,000 on the SR5, the 4Runner also delivers more value for your money than its competition.

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The best way to get the information you are looking for about the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is to visit North Hollywood Toyota, one of the top car dealerships in Los Angeles. Explore available features and set up a test drive by stopping by the dealership or calling a representative today at (818) 508-2967. North Hollywood Toyota has a GINORMOUS selection of vehicles at surprisingly tiny prices.

Sources:

  1. http://www.kbb.com/toyota/4runner/2016/
  2. http://www.edmunds.com/toyota/4runner/2016/review/#overview-pod-anchor