2016 Toyota 4Runner vs 2016 Chevy Tahoe
The Toyota lineup is one of the more expansive on the market, with roughly 7 crossovers being on the lineup over the past few years. The 4Runner might not be as well-known as the Highlander or RAV4, but it has plenty to offer for any type of utility vehicle driver, but especially for off-road enthusiasts. We thought we’d see how it measures up to one of its biggest competitors, even though said competitor actually belongs to a larger segment, by comparing the 2016 Toyota 4Runner vs 2016 Chevy Tahoe.
Advantages of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner
Looking at the table above, it starts out looking like the Tahoe is the better vehicle. We expected the 4Runner to offer better economy considering it’s a Toyota, the brand known for creating hybrid vehicles, but it turns out they both achieve the same combined fuel efficiency. Then moving one row down, the Tahoe provides an extra 85 horsepower, which is a pretty substantial advantage in the utility vehicle class. But that advantage is severely hemorrhaged when you look at the next row and realize the 4Runner weighs nearly 1,000 lbs. less, meaning it needs less power to deliver the same great, enjoyable experience behind the wheel.
Furthermore, one might have assumed that the larger vehicle would offer more base cargo capacity, but the Toyota 4Runner nearly provides an extra 32 cubic feet of space to fill with whatever you need behind the back row. It doesn’t offer as many seats as the Tahoe, but unless you think you’ll constantly be dragging around 7 passengers then those extra seats shouldn’t be necessary.
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is more geared toward delivering a fun, exciting experience in the driver’s seat than it is toward being a people mover. So if you’re looking for a minivan equivalent, then perhaps the Tahoe is for you, but if you want the more fun vehicle between the two, then the 4Runner is for you. Be sure to schedule a test drive if you’d like to come in and take one for a spin, or give us a call with any questions that you might have.