2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

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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 Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, 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 Porsche covers the Macan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Macan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Macan (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much 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 28 points higher than the Macan.

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 Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Porsche is ranked 11th.

Engine

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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 Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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 Macan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The 4Runner has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (23 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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

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

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 Macan, 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 Macan doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Macan’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (9.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The 4Runner’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Macan (9.6 vs. 9 inches).

Passenger Space

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

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 4Runner’s middle row seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

4Runner

Macan

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

52.9 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 Macan 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 Macan’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload and Towing

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The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Macan’s (5000 vs. 4409 pounds).

The 4Runner has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Macan (1625 vs. 1257 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Macan (1700 vs. 1435 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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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 Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Macan because it costs $527 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Macan, including $693 less for a muffler, $240 less for front brake pads, $58 less for fuel injection, $444 less for front struts and $532 less for a power steering pump.

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 Macan has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Porsche Macan by over six to one during the 2019 model year.

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