In Part 2 of this TFL Car mashup, the focus turns to the 2015 Toyota 4Runner. The safe bet would be on the 4Runner’s off-road capability outshining the Range Rover Evoque on the Saxon Mountain Trail east of Georgetown, Colorado. Fully loaded with creature comforts and a functional interior, the 4Runner Trail edition also steps up its trail performance with a suspension tuned for the rigors of off-roading and a Multi-Terrain Selection function.
|2015 Range Rover Evoque||2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail|
|Engine||2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder||4.0L DOHC V6|
|Power||240 hp @ 5500 rpm||270 hp @ 5600 rpm|
|Torque||250 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm||278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm|
|Transmission||9-speed automatic||5-speed automatic|
|Curb Weight||3,680 lbs.||4,750 lbs.|
|Ground Clearance||8.4 in.||9.6 in.|
|Approach Angle||25 degrees||33 degrees|
|Departure Angle||33 degrees||26 degrees|
|Breakover Angle||22 degrees||N/A|
|Wading Depth||19.7 in. (500mm)||N/A|
|Price as Tested||$50,745||$40,890|
Getting behind the wheel of the 4Runner Trail edition, there are discernable differences when compared with the Range Rover Evoque. The additional ground clearance and body-on-frame construction gives the 4Runner a slightly different feel on the highway and driving around town. The 4Runner’s short wheelbase and the commanding view of the road (or trail) makes it easy to maneuver in tight spots.
Even though the 4Runner Trail is designed for improved off-road performance, it doesn’t lose sight of its on-road handling. As good as it gets, can the 4Runner be equally comfortable on the road as the Range Rover Evoque?
Part 1 goes into more detail about the Range Rover Evoque. Click on the link below to see how well the Evoque performed on the Saxon Mountain Trail.