The Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner are two very affordable SUVs that hold their value well and offer excellent off-road performance. With barely a $6,000 price difference, auto industry experts like Motortrend.com believe you can’t go wrong with either choice.
But, of course, it all depends on what you’re looking for. Here’s a quick comparison of both vehicles based on nine buying factors:
The 4Runner is the winner in this category. The Wrangler scored a marginal score on the side impact test, and received 3 stars on rollover and front dash tests. The 4-Runner, on the other hand, received a 4-star overall rating from NHTSA. All high scores for the 4Runner.
It’s a tie. Both SUVs are focused more on off-road performance rather than fuel efficiency, boasting large gas tanks of approximately 23 gallons. You will have about 400 miles of range to enjoy your adventures into the wilderness.
The 4Runner is slightly quicker, despite the fact that it weighs more and actually has less power than the Jeep.
In MotorTrend testing, a 2014 4Runner hit 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 87.5 mph. A 2016 Wrangler Unlimited, on the other hand, did the sprint to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds and the quarter mile in 16.3 seconds at 82.5 mph.
The Jeep Wrangler is the winner of this category. Both SUVs are amazing at tearing up the dirt or gravel road, but the Wrangler has a slight advantage. The Wrangler is built to handle any type of terrain.
Both vehicles are fun to drive, but the removable roof and doors give the Wrangler a slight edge. In some trims on the 4Runner, there are sunroofs and rear folding down windows.
Both the Wrangler and the 4Runner have an impressive heritage, but the Wrangler has a longer bloodline than the 4Runner.
Neither vehicle is built for luxury, but the heated seats, premium audio system and perforated leather upholstery make the 4Runner the leader in this category.
Both SUVs have back seats that fold down, but the Toyota offers 88.8 to 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the winner. Compare that to the two-row Jeep’s 70.6 cubic feet.
Jeep offers a new special model edition each year and the exterior colors are awesome. The Wrangler takes home the prize in this category.
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