2017 Toyota 4Runner vs Ford Explorer Comparison

2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Toyota 4Runner 2017 Ford Explorer
  4.0 L V6 3.5 L V6
  23.0 gal. 18.6 gal.
Cargo capacity, all seats in place
  47.2 cu.ft. 21.0 cu.ft.

2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Ford Explorer

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When it comes to SUVs, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner continues to stand apart from its rivals. The Ford Explorer has more competition than ever from the 4Runner, which recently added a third row option. Comparing the two reveals a lot about each vehicle’s characteristics. A test drive of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner can tell you even more about all it has to offer at your local Tallahassee Toyota dealership.


If you need an SUV with room, the 2017 4Runner has you covered. With the addition of a third-row option, it really meets the Explorer head on. If you don’t opt for that third row, however, you enjoy one of the largest two-row cabins. Although it has a reputation for ruggedness, the 4Runner offers many amenities including leather upholstery. Its exclusive Optitron instrumentation can be seen regardless of the outside glare. Long-lasting, high quality materials line the cabin, and an ergonomic layout assists the driver. As for safety, only the 4Runner boasts eight airbags.

Cargo Hauler

With the standard 2017 4Runner, you have a remarkable 47 cu.ft. of clear space in the cargo hold. The Explorer offers only 16 cu.ft. It’s easy to see which one is a better pick for regular outdoor excursions where you need to bring lots of gear. In fact, it’s obvious which one is better for vacations. After all, if you are going somewhere, you want to be able to bring everyone’s luggage without crowding the cabin. With rear seats folded down, Explorer has 80 cu.ft. of storage, but in the 4Runner, you enjoy 89 cu.ft. of space! When it comes to towing power, the Explorer limits you to 2,000 pounds. In contrast, the stronger and sturdier 4Runner offers a 5,000-pound tow rating.


The 2017 Toyota 4Runner has a 270-horsepower V6 engine that cranks out 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Toyota supplies the driver with the type of powertrain that really takes care of you on or off the road. The vehicle comes with standard rear-wheel drive and a limited slip differential to help keep your SUV firmly on the road. For those needing more performance, you can opt for the off-road 4×4 systems. In comparison, the Ford Explorer 3.5 L V6 engine offers less torque with only 255 lb-ft. It comes in front-wheel drive without a rear-wheel drive option or a limited slip differential. It too offers a 4×4 system, however, when it comes to adventure, the 4Runner is made for it, and it is more of an afterthought with the Explorer. For trail riders, this really can make a difference. 4Runner drivers are ready for challenges that Explorer drivers might do well to shrink away from.

With so much to offer the adventure-minded driver, the 4Runner should be on your list. Take a test drive at Peter Boulware Toyota in Tallahassee, FL near Valdosta, GA. We stock a large inventory of 2017 Toyota 4Runner models and options for you to choose from. Be sure to ask about the latest specials and financing incentives on new Toyota vehicles near Panama City.