Can the old-school Toyota 4Runner hang with the brand new Ford Bronco?
We have two body-on-frame, off-road focused SUVs here, but these two are poles apart when it comes to their approach. The Toyota 4Runner has been around in its current generation for a decade now, packing the same 4.0-liter V6 engine and archaic 5-speed automatic transmission. Still, it’s been a solid all-rounder all those years, and the TRD Pro package in particular cuts above the rest of the lineup thanks to its updated Fox shocks and TRD-tuned springs. The new Ford Bronco, on the other hand, brings a host of tech to the table, to go with the revival of its old-school rugged reputation captured in its styling and purpose. So, which SUV manages best heading up a Colorado mountain? Roman and Tommy find out in this video.
Bringing a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 to the party, our 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition heads up Imogene Pass outside Telluride, Colorado with 60 more horsepower and 137 lb-ft more torque than the 4Runner. That engine manages 330 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It also comes mated to a modern 10-speed automatic transmission. The new Bronco has front and rear lockers on tap, an electronic sway bar disconnect and “G.O.A.T.” modes to help it in most tricky situations. In short, there’s a lot more tech at play. However, the Bronco is also substantially more expensive, at least in this First Edition guise. Against the $53,335 4Runner TRD Pro (2022 model), the Bronco commands a $10,000 higher price tag. That is, if you can get a Bronco at all at the moment.
Fortunately, both the 4Runner TRD Pro and the Bronco have some seriously good off-road kit. For example, the Toyota offers Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control. The Bronco, for its part, also has terrain modes as well as Trail Control — a form of off-road cruise control.
Check out what they’re both like in the video below, and let us know which one you prefer in the comments.