Crossover & Midsize

2 Toyota 4Runner Alternatives Worth Considering

Are you sure you want the Toyota 4Runner? Sure, it’s a great SUV, but there are alternatives you might enjoy more. Plus, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is expensive. You might be able to save with an option you like more! 

Toyota 4Runner Alternatives to consider 

First, for a little background on the Toyota 4Runner, the 2020 model begins around $36,120. It’s a midsize SUV with an optional third-row seat that’s often viewed as too cramped for adults. 

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition off-roading
2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition | Toyota

The 2020 Toyota Tundra has a fair payload capacity of 5,000 lb. Under the hood, you’ll find a powerful 4.0-liter V6 engine that provides 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. The 4Runner can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. This is pretty fast, but it could be sportier. 

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner isn’t the best option for an SUV with an excellent fuel economy. It’s only EPA estimated to get up to 16 mpg in the city and up to 19 mpg on the highway. But if you pay for a luxurious off-roader, gas mileage may not be an essential factor. 

1. The Kia Telluride 

The 2020 Kia Telluride is an option with a luxurious feel without the luxury price tag. You can get started in a Kia Telluride for about $31,890. It’s still a midsize SUV, but it has spacious seats in all three rows. Plus, the second-row seats automatically slide forward with the push of a button. 

Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition Black driving on road
Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition Black | Kia

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You’ll find a 3.8-liter V6 engine under the hood that pumps out 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This slight bump in hp allows the Telluride to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.2 seconds. Like the 4Runner, the 2020 Kia Telluride is praised for having comfortable seats and a smooth ride. 

The Kia Telluride can also tow up to 5,000 lb, making it pretty capable. Plus, it’s better on fuel. It’s EPA estimated to get up 20 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. This could save tons at the fuel pump. However, the Kia Telluride isn’t built for off-roading like the 4Runner is. 

2. The Toyota Highlander

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is another Toyota 4runner alternative to consider. It begins around $34,000, which is less than the 4Runner and has three-rows of seats. However, the seats are noted for being cramped, so the Kia Telluride is still the roomier option. 

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid driving on road in the sun
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque powers the Toyota Highlander. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Plus, the cabin is noted for being quiet with a smooth ride. 

The 2020 Toyota Highlander just received a significant refresh, meaning the interior has substantial updates to feel more luxurious and comfortable. Also, the cargo area was extended to provide more space for luggage.

Because the Toyota Highlander gets up to an APA estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, it’s the most fuel-efficient option on this list. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid also has an even better fuel economy.