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2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Ford Explorer

When researching and purchasing a new car, it is vital that you get all the information you possibly can. In particular, you want to look at every model for your preferred class of vehicle to see which one matches your ideal price point and range of features. Fortunately, Roberts Toyota is here to help you with your research. 

In this particular comparison, we will be matching up the all-new 2018 Toyota 4Runner against the latest model of Ford midsize SUV in this 2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Ford Explorer comparison. In order to guarantee an impartial comparison, we will be comparing the base trim for both models, which are the closest to each other in price and features. 

If you want to check out the look of the two midsize SUVs, you can see them in this picture. If you are interested in a more comparison, continue reading below. If you are in the Columbia area, and are already considering a new Toyota 4Runner, you can follow the link below to our inventory. 

2018 Toyota 4Runner and 2018 Ford Explorer side by side

2018 Toyota 4Runner


2018 Ford Explorer

24 months/25,000 miles Free Maintenance Warranty None
Standard Stolen Vehicle Tracking Not Available
278 lb-ft Torque 255 lb-ft
5,000 pounds  Maximum Trailer Weight 2,000 pounds

Which Midsize SUV is Right for You?

When looking at this comparison, it is obvious that the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is the superior mid-sized SUV. It is hands-down the more reliable, powerful and secure vehicle of the two. Let's take a closer look at why this is the case. 

The significantly better torque and towing numbers of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner are arguably the biggest difference between the two. If you are buying an SUV for towing, or power in general, the all-new 4Runner is definitely the better choice. 

The standard feature of stolen vehicle tracking in the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, which is not available in the Ford Explorer, makes it a far more secure vehicle. While you obviously never want your vehicle to be stolen, it gives peace of mind to know that there is a much higher possibility of finding it with the 2018 4Runner. 

Finally, Toyota is showing dedication to their loyal customers with the free maintenance for 24 months as part of their warranty. It is incredibly important to see that Toyota is willing to help keep your new Toyota 4Runner in the best possible shape.