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Toyota Sport Utility Vehicles

An Overview of the Toyota SUV Family

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Toyota Sport Utility Vehicles

The RAV4 is the least expensive of the Toyota SUVs.

photo © Jason Fogelson
Toyota has an extensive lineup of SUVs, from compact to gigantic. Each has unique characteristics, abilities and design qualities. Toyota's lineup may be the most comprehensive SUV line in the automotive industry.

Keeping the models straight can be a challenge -- so I've put together this brief Toyota SUV Spotter's guide to help. Just think of me as the Audubon of SUVs.

RAV4

The least expensive of the Toyota SUVs, RAV4 is a crossover vehicle, an SUV with the underpinnings of a car. Available with a 2.4 liter 166 hp/165 lb-ft inline 4-cylinder or a 3.3 liter 269 hp/246 lb-ft V6, both hooked up to automatic transmissions only. EPA estimates range from 24 city/30 highway for the front-wheel drive 4-cylinder to 21 city/28 highway for the four-wheel drive V6. Prices start at $21,500 for the base model, $23,200 for the Sport and $24,490 for the Limited.

2008 Toyota RAV4 Test Drive and Review.

2008 Toyota RAV4 Photo Gallery.

2007 Toyota RAV4 Test Drive and Review.

2007 Toyota RAV4 Photo Gallery.

2006 Toyota RAV4 Test Drive and Review.

2006 Toyota RAV4 Photo Gallery.

HIGHLANDER

Another car-based SUV, the Highlander is a conservatively-styled mid-sized SUV. Available with three engine configurations: a 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder that produces 155 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque; a 3.3 liter V6 that's good for 215 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque; or a hybrid gas-electric that makes 208 hp and 212 lb-ft of torque. Either 4-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, and all automatic transmissions. Fuel economy ranges from 18 city/24 highway for the 4WD V6 to 22 city/27 highway for the FWD 4-cylinder to 33 city/28 highway/30 combined for the FWD hybrid. Prices start at $25,705 for the base model, $30,000 for the Sport, $33,070 for the Limited, $34,700 for the base Hybrid and $41,020 for the Hybrid Limited.

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Drive and Review.

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Photo Gallery.

2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Drive and Review.

2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Photo Gallery.

2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 4x4 V6 Test Drive and Review.

2006 Toyota Highlander Limited 4x4 V6 Photo Gallery.

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Drive and Review.

2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Photo Gallery.

2005 Toyota Highlander Test Drive and Review.

4RUNNER

4Runner can do it all -- on-road or off-road, from the mall to the mountains, Now in its fifth generation, 4Runner is Toyota's truck-based mid-sized SUV. Available with either a 4.0 liter 270 hp/278 lb-ft V6 or a 2.7 liter 157 hp/178 lb-ft inline 4-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive and a five speed automatic transmission (V6) or four speed automatic transmission (I4). Fuel economy estimates range from 17 city/22 highway for the 4WD V6 to 18 city/23 highway for the 2WD I4. Prices start at $27,500 for the base SR5 model, $35,700 for the Trail Edition and $39,800 for the loaded Limited.

2010 Toyota 4Runner Test Drive and Review.

2010 Toyota 4Runner Photo Gallery.

2007 Toyota 4Runner Test Drive and Review.

2007 Toyota 4Runner Photo Gallery.

2006 Toyota 4Runner Test Drive and Review.

2006 Toyota 4Runner Photo Gallery.

SEQUOIA

Now competing in the mammoth people-mover category, Sequoia is a full-sized SUV that seats eight in comfort. Available with one engine choice, the 4.7 liter 273 hp/314 lb-ft i-FORCE V8 and a five-speed automatic transmission, with either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates for the 4WD are 15 city/17 highway; for the 2WD they are 14 city/19 highway. Prices start at $34,150 for the base SR5 model, $45,225 for the Limited and $52,375 for the Platinum.

2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited Test Drive and Review.

2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited Photo Gallery.

2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited Test Drive and Review.

2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited Photo Gallery.

2005 Toyota Sequoia Test Drive and Review.

LAND CRUISER

At the top of Toyota's SUV lineup for the past half a century, the Land Cruiser is an extremely capable, luxurious vehicle. Available in just one trim level with a 5.7 liter V8 that sends 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque through a five-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. The EPA estimates that Land Cruiser will achieve 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway. Prices start at $64,755.

2008 Toyota Land Cruiser Test Drive and Review.

2008 Toyota Land Cruiser Photo Gallery.

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser Test Drive and Review

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser Photo Gallery.

FJ CRUISER

FJ Cruiser is a retrofuturist SUV with a compact build and big ambition off-road and on-road. Available in one trim level with a 4.0 liter V6 that sends 239 hp/278 lb-ft of torque through either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Fuel economy ranges from 16 city/20 highway for the 4WD manual to 18 city/22 highway for the 2WD automatic. Prices start at $23,045.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Test Drive and Review.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Photo Gallery.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser at SEMA Photo Gallery.

VENZA

Venza is the latest addition to the Toyota SUV lineup. Described by its designers as 70% car and 30% crossover, the Venza is a very different kind of SUV and a very different kind of Toyota. Outside, the Venza's radical styling breaks loose from Toyota's traditional conservative mold; inside it's brimming with unusual design cues and innovative features. Base prices start at $26,695 with EPA fuel economy estimates of 18-21 MPG city, 25-29 MPG highway.

2009 Toyota Venza Test Drive and Review.

2009 Toyota Venza Photo Gallery.

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