Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Land Rover LR4 VS 2016 Toyota 4Runner Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Land Rover LR4

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2016 Toyota 4Runner

Safety Comparison

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The LR4 offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The 4Runner doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the LR4. But it costs extra on the 4Runner.

The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 4Runner only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the LR4 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The 4Runner uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the LR4 and the 4Runner have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

The Land Rover LR4 weighs 850 to 1255 pounds more than the Toyota 4Runner. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The LR4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The 4Runner’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The LR4’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the 4Runner’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The LR4’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 70 more horsepower (340 vs. 270) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the LR4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 4Runner doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the LR4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4Runner:

LR4

4Runner

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

The LR4 stops much shorter than the 4Runner:

LR4

4Runner

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the LR4 has larger tires than the 4Runner (255/55R19 vs. 245/60R20).

The LR4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4Runner SR5/Trail/TRD Pro’s standard 70 series tires. The LR4’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the 4Runner Limited’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LR4 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 4Runner SR5/Trail/TRD Pro.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover LR4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota 4Runner has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the LR4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 4Runner, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The LR4 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LR4’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the LR4’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the 4Runner (113.6 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The LR4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49% to 51%) than the 4Runner’s (53.6% to 46.4%). This gives the LR4 more stable handling and braking.

The LR4 HSE handles at .74 G’s, while the 4Runner Trail 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The LR4 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the 4Runner Trail 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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Unibody construction makes the LR4’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The 4Runner doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The LR4 has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.8 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 5.8 inches more third row headroom and 7 inches more third row legroom than the 4Runner.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The LR4’s cargo area provides more volume than the 4Runner.

LR4

4Runner

Behind Third Seat

9.9 cubic feet

9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

90.3 cubic feet

89.7 cubic feet

The LR4’s cargo area is larger than the 4Runner’s in almost every dimension:

LR4

4Runner

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

13.3”/44.3”/76.8”

n.a./42”/66.3”

Max Width

48.6”

57.7”

Min Width

45.1”

42.4”

Height

40.4”

39.5”

Ergonomics Comparison

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The engine computer on the LR4 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The 4Runner’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The LR4’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the LR4 and the 4Runner have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the LR4 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The 4Runner prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The LR4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The LR4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 4Runner’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the LR4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 4Runner doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 4Runner doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The LR4 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 4Runner has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/TRD Pro.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the LR4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 4Runner doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the LR4 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The 4Runner doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The LR4’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The 4Runner’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the LR4 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The 4Runner’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the LR4 and the 4Runner offer optional heated front seats. The LR4 also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the 4Runner.

On extremely cold Winter days, the LR4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The LR4 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the 4Runner Limited.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the LR4 HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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The LR4 was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2011 4x4 of the Year. The 4Runner has never been chosen.

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