2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

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Safety

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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 XT6 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 4Runner 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The XT6 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The 4Runner’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the XT6 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, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT6.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 4Runner’s reliability 68 points higher than the XT6.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 271) than the XT6’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 4Runner has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT6 FWD’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 4Runner has a gallon more fuel capacity than the XT6 AWD’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 22 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT6:

4Runner

XT6

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

The 4Runner stops shorter than the XT6:

4Runner

XT6

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

134 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the XT6 (245/60R20 vs. 235/55R20).

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the XT6, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture 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 XT6 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the XT6’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 2.95 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (9.6 vs. 6.65 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The 4Runner SR5 is 8.3 inches shorter than the XT6, making the 4Runner easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner has .5 inches more front legroom, 6.4 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.8 inches more third row hip room and 4.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

4Runner

XT6

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

78.7 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 XT6 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 XT6’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (5000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XT6. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 4Runner’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT6’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the XT6 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the 4Runner’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the XT6’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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 XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 XT6 has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Cadillac XT6 by over 30 to one during the 2019 model year.

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