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Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner

Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner

The range of compact SUVs with genuine off-road capability is vastly larger than it was only a few years ago, with every major manufacturer creating a crossover targeting this market. However, the Jeep Wrangler remains the outstanding player in this field, backing up its decades of trail-crawling heritage with thoroughly modern technology and comfort. Can the Wrangler hold on to its lead against the fast-increasing competition? To find out, we've pitted it against one of its most capable rivals, the Toyota 4Runner.


Exterior and Styling



It's difficult to mistake the Wrangler for any other SUV. The distinctively boxy shape is the definition of rugged stability, and while the latest models make some concessions to aerodynamic design, it's still a profile that's built from chunky upright angles rather than smooth curves. But one exterior feature that the Wrangler boasts over any rival is the removable doors, roof, and windshield, together offering a uniquely satisfying and exciting trail drive in true open-air style.


In contrast, the Toyota is much more conventional in looks, taking a more generic approach to the SUV format while still providing the heft needed for genuine off-road capability.


Powertrain and Performance



The standard engine designs in both SUVs have the same horsepower rating of 270hp, but the Jeep outweighs the Toyota in the torque department, creating 295lb-ft compared to 270lb-ft. This may seem a small difference, but the 4Runner's greater weight means the lack of torque really shows in slushy acceleration response.


Both cars are fitted with all-wheel drive as standard, as you'd expect from any serious off-road SUV, but offer different transmission options. The Wrangler can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a smooth eight-speed automatic, while the Toyota is limited to a five-speed automatic.


But the powertrain story doesn't end there. While the Toyota features a single engine choice across the range, the Wrangler is much more versatile with options including a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel making 260 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque. And at the very top end of the power range, an available 6.4L V8 cranks out 470 horsepower and 470lb-ft, making the Wrangler the only serious choice for power drivers.


Off-Road Readiness



There's no doubt which of these two SUVs is most ready for the trail in its standard state. The Wrangler is available with three styles of advanced all-wheel drive, which allow careful balancing between highway-friendly handling and true rock-crawling ability. But while all-wheel drive is also standard on the 4Runner, only the high-end TRD Pro trim can match the Jeep in technology sophistication.


Fuel Economy



Lastly, the Wrangler enjoys a significant advantage over the 4Runner when it comes to fuel economy, with the entry-level V6 boasting a combined figure of 11.2L / 100km. In comparison, all versions of the 4Runner have a rating of 13.8L /100km.


Test Drive the Jeep Wrangler in Scarborough



Whether you're a hardcore off-roader or an enthusiastic wilderness explorer, you'll find the Jeep Wrangler a perfect fit for your needs. Book a test drive of any trim now from our Scarborough dealership, and see just how far this off-road icon could take you.

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