Are the Prado and 4Runner essential the same thing with different sheet metal? I thought all the J150 platform variant models were similar anyway. Be interesting to see what happens to all these models with GA-F platform.Sounds like we are in agreement, honestly. The 4Runner is a cheap econobox or you can spec it up to top of the range which is bottom of the Prado range. Just like you can get a cheap econobox Tacoma or spec it up to the range of a full-size pickup. The reason would be because the Prado is a slightly larger and more upscale platform that would get the new turbo V6 and the 4Runner is the economy platform that's going to stick with budget engines.
I suppose it comes down to what defines a platform. The GX and Prado are indeed very close, like to the point of just different badges? But I understood the 4Runner shared the frame, suspension and drivetrain. We'll see in the next few years I guess when they're all kissing cousins, right?