2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Toyota 4Runner

2016 Ford Explorer vs. the 2016 Toyota 4Runner

If you're looking for the perfect family SUV in Bradley and Peotone, you're probably trying to choose between the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. But which SUV is right for you? Terry’s Ford can help you decide with this handy comparison guide. 


The 2016 Ford Explorer comes with a choice of three powerful engines. The base 3.5L V6 engine uses twin independent variable cam shaft timing and naturally aspirated sequential multi-port fuel injection for a smooth and steady stream of power, getting 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. It gets up to 24 mpg highway, and can be had with either front-wheel-drive or intelligent four-wheel-drive that independently sends torque to each wheel just when you need it to keep you from slipping. The 2.3L 4-cylinder EcoBoost® engine uses turbocharged direct fuel injection for a boost of power when you want it, producing 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It uses a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission to get up to 28 mpg highway. Finally, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine is a twin-turbocharged machine that gets you incredible speed when you need it. It produces an impressive 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and gets 22 mpg highway with standard intelligent four-wheel-drive and a dual exhaust system with chrome integrated tips. 

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


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

The 2016 Ford Explorer also includes safety features that the Toyota 4Runner doesn't have, including a standard lane departure alert system that lets you know when you're drifting over the double yellow line, as well as standard blind spot sensors that alert you when there's an obstacle or another car that you can't see. 


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

  • Rear air conditioning with separate controls to keep your rear passengers happy 
  • 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 
  • Standard carpeted front and rear floor mats for easy cleaning 
  • Digital and analog instrumentation that's easy to read 
  • A proximity remote trunk release that automatically opens when you stand 3 feet behind the trunk with your key fob for 3 seconds 
  • Power adjustable pedals that make driving easy and comfortable for drivers of any height 
  • Driver and passenger lumbar support with an 8-way power passenger seat and tilting front head restraints 
  • 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 
  • LED low-beam headlights that cast a brighter and clearer light than traditional halogen lamps while using a fraction of the energy 
  • Galvanized steel and aluminum body for a lightweight chassis that enhances performance with all the strength of traditional steel 
  • A second-row sunroof that lets natural light into the cabin for your rear passengers 
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers that take the guesswork out of combating precipitation 

Get the Ford Explorer Today 

Are you ready to get into the 2016 Ford Explorer today? Terry’s Ford can help! Call us today at (708) 258-9200 or come see us at 363 Harlem Ave. in Peotone. We’ll be happy to get you into an Explorer today.