2018 Ford Explorer vs Toyota 4Runner

Spacious and versatile are two words that immediately come to mind when describing the 2018 Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner. At Fuller Ford, we're committed to helping drivers throughout Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington, KY, find the best SUV to fit their lifestyle.

Loaded with performance-driven technology along with class-leading innovation to please your entire family, the biggest question you need to ask is: Which is the right option for you? To find out, continue reading our head-to-head comparison!

2018 Ford Explorer vs Toyota 4Runner: Performance Specs

The 2018 Explorer SUV offers drivers the ability to customize their driving experience by providing up to five distinct trim levels with three engine options, including:

  • 3.5-liter V6 that provides up to 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost® with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft torque

Available with an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, all this power is seamlessly controlled by a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. When using the available Terrain  Management System™, the Explorer quickly goes from a nimble family cruiser to an assertive off-road adventurer in no time.

Meanwhile, the Toyota 4Runner provides drivers with three different trim levels that each comes loaded with a 4.0-liter V6 engine that can reach up to 270 horsepower with 278 lb-ft of torque. The base SR5 and SR5 Premium come standard with a part-time four-wheel-drivetrain with Active Traction Control, while the Premium trim provides a full-time four-wheel-drivetrain.


When properly equipped, the Explorer and 4Runner each can deliver up to 5,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. So, whether you're hauling a float in the town parade or loading up the jet skis for a weekend at the lake, either SUV can get you there and back in comfort.

2018 Ford Explorer vs Toyota 4Runner: Interior Design & Technology

Each model is designed to provide up to three rows of seating for seven passengers to stretch out for the long open road. While overall cargo volume is abundant, the 4Runner severely lacks when all three rows are in use, offering only 9.0 cubic feet of trunk space compared to the Explorer's 21 cubic ft.

In terms of keeping everyone connected, the Explorer offers a full suite of modern features, including:

  • SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Sony® Premium Audio
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Four smart-charging USB ports and power outlets

These come along with premium features like dual-zone automatic temperature control, a rearview back-up camera, and leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel.

Likewise, the Toyota 4Runner offers drivers and passengers its own bevy of exclusive tech designed to take the edge off the daily commute, including: an Entune Audio Plus 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Entune® App Suite, a backup camera with projected path, and dual zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row vents.

Which SUV Takes the Top Spot?

While it's clear that both SUVs contain outstanding qualities in terms of performance, interior space, and modern tech, it's clear that in every category the 2018 Ford Explorer is the clear winner.

If you're a driver near Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington ready to take a closer look for themselves, stop into Fuller Ford or go online and schedule a test drive today!

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