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Comparison: 2019 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

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If you're in the market for either a small truck or SUV, you have a couple options, such as the 2019 Toyota 4Runner and 2019 Ford Explorer. However, the 4Runner is the clear winner.

Below, we compare and contrast differences in performance, fuel economy, even standard and available features. Visit us in El Monte, California to test drive a new 2019 4Runner.


2019 Toyota 4Runner

For the 2019 4Runner, a 4.0-liter V6 engine is the standard offering, putting out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Part-time four-wheel drive is standard with the option of rear or four-wheel drive.

The Toyota 4Runner gets an EPA estimated 17 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, and 18 MPG combined.

2019 Ford Explorer

The 2019 Ford Explorer has three engine options. The standard Explorer is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, equipped with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. All 2019 Explorers have a 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive is standard with an option to add all-wheel drive.

For the standard engine with front-wheel drive, the EPA estimated fuel efficiency to be 17 MPG city, 24 MPG highway and 20 MPG combined. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive model with the standard engine, your fuel efficiency comes down slightly to 16 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, and 19 MPG combined.

Features & Technology

2019 Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner SR5 is the standard offering for 2019, coming with a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable driver’s seat and power features. This trim has an available option for four-wheel drive.

The SR5 Premium trim package adds navigation and synthetic leather upholstery. There are a variety of available features for the 2019 4Runner, which may include a power moonroof, third row seating, high performance shocks and a 15-speaker JBL® system.

2019 Ford Explorer

Ford offers the 2019 Explorer with multiple trim options as well. The standard trim for the Explorer comes with a power driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, and alloy wheels.

The XLT Trim will upgrade your infotainment screen to an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. You can add available safety features for collision warnings and adaptive cruise control.


2019 Toyota 4Runner

Starting at $34,910 MSRP*

2019 Ford Explorer

Starting at $32,365 MSRP

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $920 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla iM, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius v, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1045 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,395 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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