2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

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Both the 4Runner and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the 4Runner 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GLE 43 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (9.6 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Toyota 4Runner may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 550 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE 43 Coupe can only carry 5.

The 4Runner has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more rear headroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

4Runner

AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

60.7 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 4Runner has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 4Runner has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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The 4Runner is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 4Runner owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 4Runner will cost $5600 to $6345 less than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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 61.48% to 71.13% of its original price after five years, while the AMG GLE 43 Coupe only retains 42.17%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $37999 to $45696 less than for the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe has never been chosen.

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