Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche CAYENNE VS 2016 Toyota 4Runner Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Porsche CAYENNE

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2016 Toyota 4Runner

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Cayenne have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota 4Runner doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Cayenne offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 4Runner doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Cayenne has a standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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

The Cayenne’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Cayenne offers an optional Surround View 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 Cayenne’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.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Cayenne 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 Cayenne and the 4Runner have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and front parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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The Cayenne 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 Cayenne’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the 4Runner’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cayenne third among midsize premium SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The 4Runner isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

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The Cayenne’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (300 vs. 270) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 hybrid produces 146 more horsepower (416 vs. 270) and 157 lbs.-ft. more torque (435 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6. The Cayenne S’ standard 3.6 turbo V6 produces 150 more horsepower (420 vs. 270) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6. The Cayenne GTS’ standard 3.6 turbo V6 produces 170 more horsepower (440 vs. 270) and 164 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6. The Cayenne Turbo S’ standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 300 more horsepower (570 vs. 270) and 312 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6.

The Cayenne’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 278) than the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the 4Runner 4WD (20 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne S E-Hybrid with a full charge gets better fuel mileage than the 4Runner 4WD (48 city/46 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne S E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the 4Runner 4WD (21 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne gets better fuel mileage than the 4Runner:

Cayenne

4Runner

RWD

n/a

17 city/22 hwy

V6/Auto

AWD

Base/Auto

19 city/24 hwy

17 city/21 hwy

V6/Auto

S/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

16 city/23 hwy

n/a

Turbo/Auto

14 city/21 hwy

n/a

Turbo S/Auto

14 city/21 hwy

n/a

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The 4Runner must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cayenne’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.

The Cayenne’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4Runner (26.4 vs. 23 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Cayenne

Cayenne GTS/Turbo

GTS/Turbo Opt.

4Runner

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

16.5 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14.1 inches

14.6 inches

12.3 inches

The Cayenne offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 4Runner doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne stops much shorter than the 4Runner:

Cayenne

4Runner

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cayenne has larger standard tires than the 4Runner (255/55R18 vs. 245/60R20). The Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4Runner (295/35R21 vs. 265/70R17).

The Cayenne’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 Cayenne’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 4Runner Limited’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 4Runner SR5/Trail/TRD Pro. The Cayenne’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the 4Runner Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Porsche Cayenne 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 Cayenne offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Toyota doesn’t offer an active suspension on the 4Runner.

The Cayenne offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The 4Runner’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cayenne’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the 4Runner (114 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 4Runner.

The Cayenne handles at .95 G’s, while the 4Runner Trail 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cayenne Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4.7 seconds quicker than the 4Runner Trail 4x4 (24.8 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Turbo has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the 4Runner (10.7 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Cayenne to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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Unibody construction makes the Cayenne’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.

The front grille of the Cayenne uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 4Runner doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Cayenne Diesel is quieter than the 4Runner Trail 4x4 (70 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Cayenne has .3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 3.1 inches more rear legroom than the 4Runner.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Cayenne easier. The Cayenne’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the 4Runner’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Cayenne has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The engine computer on the Cayenne 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.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the 4Runner Limited, the Cayenne offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Cayenne’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 4Runner does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Cayenne and the 4Runner have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cayenne 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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne’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 standard on the Cayenne 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 Cayenne offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 4Runner doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Cayenne 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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The 4Runner doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Cayenne has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The 4Runner doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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

The Cayenne offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 4Runner offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Cayenne’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The 4Runner doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Cayenne’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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne PDK 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Cayenne owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Cayenne with a number “5” insurance rate while the 4Runner is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cayenne is less expensive to operate than the 4Runner because typical repairs cost much less on the Cayenne than the 4Runner, including $89 less for a fuel pump and $560 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Toyota 4Runner isn't recommended.

Motor Trend selected the Cayenne as their 2011 Sport Utility of the Year. The 4Runner has never been chosen.

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