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Toyota 4Runner vs. Ford Explorer

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota 4Runner

$494
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Explorer

$722
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota 4Runner Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $494 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the 4Runner.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Explorer Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $722 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$494
inexpensive
expensive
$722
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.46
not often
very often
0.46
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (9)
4 (42)
3 (17)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Toyota 4Runner ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Purchased a used 2005 Toyota forerunner V6 with 76,000 miles based on Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com reviews. Other than a new battery and a starter, we've had no issues for several years. At 1...”
“Purchased a used 2005 Toyota forerunner V6 with 76,000 miles based on Consumer Reports and Edmund...”
5 (9)
4 (70)
3 (44)
2 (15)
1 (5)
The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
67% of reviewers would recommend this car.
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bauer edition and it was so reliable, it was a workhorse. When it first came out, big SUVs weren't aro...”
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bau...”
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