Ford Explorer vs. Toyota 4Runner

2016 Ford Explorer Limited Magnetic Metallic
 

Looking for the perfect SUV for your family in Arlington Heights and Schaumburg? You might be trying to choose between the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. But which SUV has all the features and power you need for you and your family? Arlington Heights Ford can help you decide with this easy comparison guide.

 
 

Safety

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Magnetic Metallic 

The 2016 Ford Explorer received better safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration than the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. The Explorer received a rating of 5 stars to the 4Runner's 4 in the overall safety test rating, as well as the side pole test and front test. It got 5 stars to the 4Runner's 3 in the front passenger test, and 4 stars to the 4Runner's 3 in the overall rollover rating.

 

The 2016 Ford Explorer also includes safety features that the Toyota 4Runner just doesn't have, including a standard blind spot sensor that alerts you when there's another vehicle in your blind spot that you can't see. It also includes a standard lane departure alert system that lets you know when you're drifting over the double yellow line.

 
 

Features

 2016 Ford Explorer Front Interior

The 2016 Ford Explorer has lots of standard features for your safety and convenience that the 2016 Toyota 4Runner provides only as pricey extras, or that may not be available on the 4Runner at all. See what you'll get when you buy a 2016 Ford Explorer:

     
  • Adaptive cruise control that uses radar to calculate the speed of the car ahead of you and automatically slows the Explorer so you don't have a collision
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  • Galvanized steel and aluminum body for a lightweight chassis that enhances performance with all the strength of traditional steel
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  • A proximity remote trunk release that automatically opens when you stand 3 feet behind the trunk with your key fob for 3 seconds
  • Class-exclusive power-folding third-row seats that make it easy to remove seats to get up to 80.7 cubic feet of luggage space
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  • A second-row sunroof that lets natural light into the cabin for your rear passengers
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  • Rear air conditioning with separate controls to keep your rear passengers happy
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  • Standard carpeted front and rear floor mats for easy cleaning
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  • Digital and analog instrumentation that's easy to read
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  • Power adjustable pedals that make driving easy and comfortable for drivers of any height
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  • Driver and passenger lumbar support with an 8-way power passenger seat and tilting front head restraints
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  • LED low-beam headlights that cast a brighter and clearer light than traditional halogen lamps while using a fraction of the energy
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  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers that take the guesswork out of combating precipitation
 
 

Power

 2016 Ford Explorer Limited Shadow Black

The 2016 Ford Explorer comes with your choice of three powerful engines. The base 3.5L V6 engine comes with twin independent variable cam shaft timing, as well as naturally aspirated sequential multi-port fuel injection for a steady and smooth stream of power. It produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, getting up to 24 mpg highway. You can choose from front-wheel drive or an intelligent four-wheel drive that independently sends torque to each wheel individually right when you need it in order to keep you from slipping on rough or slick roads. The 2.3L EcoBoost® engine uses a turbocharged direct fuel injection system and gives you a boost of speed when you need it, producing 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed automatic Select Shift transmission to get up to 28 mpg highway. Finally, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine is a twin-turbocharged machine that gives you power when you want it, producing an incredible 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It comes with standard intelligent four-wheel drive and a dual exhaust system with chrome integrated tips to get 22 mpg highway.

 

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner only has a single engine available on all four of the trim levels. This 4.0L V6 engine uses a dual independent variable valve timing system with intelligence, or VVT-i, to produce a mere 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. This is less torque than any but the base engine on the 2016 Ford Explorer, and less horsepower than any of the engines you'll get on the 2016 Ford Explorer. That means you'll have clunkier speed, less power for easy towing, and less control over your vehicle's twists and turns. The transmission is a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. You'll get either a rear-wheel drive system or a part-time four-wheel drive system, but this system only gives you the traction and control you need when you enable it. Toyota's full-time four-wheel drive system is not an option on the 4Runner.

 
 

Get the Ford Explorer Today

 

Are you ready to get into your 2016 Ford Explorer? Arlington Heights Ford can help! To schedule a test drive, come see us at 801 W Dundee Rd in Arlington Heights or call us today at (847) 870-1300.

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