Is the Toyota 4Runner the best off-road vehicle?

I’ve always been a die-hard Jeep fan, especially since I’ve enjoyed off-roading since I was a kid. But now that I’m in the market for my own car, a few people have mentioned I should take a closer look at the 4Runner. This lowkey pains me, since I’ve always considered Jeeps as the no-brainer best. Is the Toyota 4Runner the best vehicle for off-roading?

Kathryn Mae Kurlychek · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s hard to pin down the absolute best vehicle for off-roading—but if we had to, the
Toyota 4Runner
makes our list. From its powerful 4.0-liter V6 engine to its standard set of all-terrain tires, the 4Runner was built to take off the beaten path.
Other features that make the Toyota 4Runner an off-road machine include the following:
  • 9-inch ground clearance
  • Standard rear-locking differential
  • Engine capable of 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque
  • 30-degree approach angle and 26-degree departure angle for steep climbs/descents
  • 42.7 cubic feet of cargo space
And those features are just the ones that come in the base model! In the 4Runner’s upper trim levels, you’ll see an even wider selection of standard features that make it off-road ready, including adaptive cruise control and a sport-tuned suspension. In the top-tier TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium trims, you’ll find a variety of multi-terrain driving modes that help you tackle different conditions—from mud to sand and more.
Still not sold on the 4Runner being the best off-road vehicle? Your mind may be changed when you discover that the 4Runner costs below-average to insure compared to other mid-size SUVs. If that’s not convincing, take a closer look at the 4Runners competitors below:
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