2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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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 Blazer 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 Blazer 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 Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the Blazer 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

Warranty

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The 4Runner’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Blazer.

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 48 points higher than the Blazer.

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 77 more horsepower (270 vs. 193) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (270 vs. 230) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 258) than the Blazer’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 270) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota 4Runner is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 4 cyl.:

4Runner

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.2 sec

24.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

85 MPH

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 Blazer with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The 4Runner has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 4Runner has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 21.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

4Runner

Blazer

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.64 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Blazer are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Blazer (245/60R20 vs. 235/65R18).

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 Blazer, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 4Runner’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.6% to 46.4%) than the Blazer’s (60.1% to 39.9%). This gives the 4Runner more stable handling and braking.

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

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Blazer (9.6 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the 4Runner TRD Off-Road is quieter than the Blazer RS 4x4 (73 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The 4Runner has 20.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (128 vs. 107.8).

The 4Runner has .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and 1.5 inches more rear hip room than the Blazer.

Cargo Capacity

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

4Runner

Blazer

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

64.2 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 Blazer 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 Blazer’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Blazer. 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 Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

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 Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Blazer has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Chevrolet Blazer by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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