2018 Toyota 4Runner

The 2018 Toytoa 4Runner is a mainstream truck-based mid-size SUV. Designed to handle off-road conditions, the 4Runner has a high ride height and extensive hardware to handle low-traction situations off the beaten path. Within Toyota’s SUV lineup, the 4Runner slots above the car-based, and more family-friendly, Toyota Highlander and below the truck-based full-size Sequoia. Prices start at an MSRP of $34,610. If the 4Runner has piqued your interest but you’re not a fan of the bland styling, then consider the Lexus GX, which is more opulent and based on the same platform.

Pros: Capable, Available Third-Row Seat, Offers Commanding Driving Position

Cons: Fuel-Efficiency & Interior Space Lag Behind Car-Based SUVs, Bouncy Ride

Looks Best In: Midnight Black exterior/Sand Beige interior

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Competition: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Score: The 2018 Toyota 4Runner received a “Marginal” rating for the driver small front overlap crash test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and was outperformed by some competitors.

Summary: The 4Runner is refreshingly old-school and provides drivers willing to sacrifice room and efficiency with a unique driving experience and the ability to tackle any terrain. While the available third-row seat can come in handy for occasional use, the car-based Toyota Highlander is much better suited to transporting larger groups.

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