2019 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Audi Q5

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The 4Runner has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 4Runner and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Audi Q5:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

233 lbs.

279 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

817 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the 4Runner 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q5.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.


The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 22 more horsepower (270 vs. 248) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q5 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The 4Runner has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (23 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Q5:





60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Q5 (245/60R20 vs. 235/60R18). The 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (265/70R17 vs. 255/45R20).

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q5 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q5 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q5’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (9.6 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

The 4Runner has .7 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity

The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.




Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

25.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

The 4Runner’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Q5 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q5’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.


The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q5’s (5000 vs. 4400 pounds).


Consumer Reports rated the 4Runner’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The 4Runner has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The 4Runner is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 4Runner owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 4Runner will cost $1035 to $2570 less than the Q5 over a five-year period.

The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 64.99% to 80.19% of its original price after five years, while the Q5 only retains 52.7% to 53.4%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $414 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Q5, including $90 less for a water pump, $345 less for a muffler, $107 less for front brake pads, $151 less for a starter, $90 less for fuel injection, $299 less for front struts and $158 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $11558 to $13459 less than for the Audi Q5.


The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Q5 has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Audi Q5 by almost two to one during 2018.

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