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An Overview of the Toyota SUV Family

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser. Photo (c) Toyota

Toyota has an extensive lineup of SUVs, from compact to larger SUVs. Each has unique characteristics, abilities and design qualities. This list is an overview of some of the popular Toyota SUV options.

Toyota RAV4

The smallest of the Toyota SUVs, RAV4 is a crossover vehicle, an SUV with the underpinnings of a car. RAV4 was first introduced in Japan in 1994, and made its way to the US in 1996. The first generation RAV4 was available as a four-door or two-door through 1999; thereafter it became a four-door crossover exclusively (a two-door soft-top was available briefly in 1998 and 1999).

The second-generation RAV4 came about in 2001, followed by the third-generation in 2006 and fourth-gen in 2013. In 2016, the RAV4 was available with a 2.4-liter 176-hp/172 lb.-ft. inline four-cylinder engine hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, or a 194-hp hybrid gas/electric powertrain with a continuously variable automatic (CVT) and all-wheel drive. EPA estimates range from 24 city/31 highway for the front-wheel drive four-cylinder to 22 city/29 highway for the four-wheel drive to 34 city/31 highway for the hybrid. 

Toyota Highlander

Another car-based crossover vehicle, the Highlander is a conservatively-styled mid-sized Toyota SUV. Highlander was introduced as a 2001 model. The second-generation Highlander came out in 2008, and the current third-generation Highlander started in 2014. The 2016 Highlander wass available with three engine configurations: a 2.7-liter inline four-cylinder that produces 185-hp and 184 lb.-ft.

of torque; a 3.5 liter V6 that's good for 270-hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque; or a hybrid gas-electric that makes 280 net system horsepower. Either 4-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, and all automatic transmissions (6-speed for gasoline only models; CVT for hybrid). Fuel economy ranges from 18 city/24 highway for the 4WD V6 to 20 city/25 highway for the FWD four-cylinder to 33 city/28 highway/30 combined for the FWD hybrid.

Read a review of the 2014 Toyota Highlander or visit the 2014 Toyota Highlander Photo Gallery.

Toyota 4Runner

4Runner can do it all -- on-road or off-road, from the mall to the mountains, In its fifth generation (since 2010), 4Runner is Toyota's truck-based mid-sized SUV. The first-generation 4Runner was introduced in 1995, followed by the second-generation in 1989; third-generation 4Runner started in 1995, and fourth-generation began in 2003. Available with a 4.0-liter 270-hp/278 lb.-ft. V6 engine, rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic transmission (V6) or four-speed automatic transmission (I4). Fuel economy estimates are 17 city/22 highway for the 2WD V6 and 17 city/21 highway for the 4WD. Read a review of the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.

Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia is a full-sized Toyota SUV that seats eight in comfort. The first-generation Sequoia was introduced in 2001, and the second-generation came around in 2008. Returning for 2016 essentially unchanged, Sequoia is available with one engine choice, the 5.7-liter 381-hp/381 lb.-ft. i-FORCE V8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission, with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates for the 4WD are 13 city/17 highway; for the 2WD they are 13 city/17 highway.

Toyota Land Cruiser

At the top of Toyota's SUV lineup for the past 60 years, the Land Cruiser is an extremely capable, luxurious vehicle. First built in 1950 and named “Land Cruiser” in 1954, the second-generation (FJ60) Land Cruiser landed in 1980, followed by the third-generation (FJ80) in 1991; fourth-generation in 1995; fifth-generation in 1998; sixth-generation in 2003; and seventh-generation in 2008. The 2016 model continued the seventh-generation of this line of vehicles. Available in just one trim level with a 5.7-liter V8 that sends 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. The EPA estimates that Land Cruiser will achieve 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway. 

The Toyota FJ Cruiser and Toyota Venza are two other Toyota models that were discontinued.