Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner

After many years and worthy challengers, the Jeep Wrangler is still considered to be one of the premier off-roading vehicles on the market. However, when stood up against a formidable competitor such as the Toyota 4Runner, how will it fair?

To find out, the team at Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24 has put together this Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota 4Runner comparison. Below, we will examine the off-roading specs important to our customers throughout Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton, ultimately revealing which SUV comes out on top.

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Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner: Off-Roading Capability

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler was designed with off-road adventures in mind. This vehicle incorporates front and rear Dana® 44 solid axles and high-grade suspension to produce ultimate control when riding over rough terrain.

Fuel tank and transfer case skid plates are then added to help protect your engine from ricocheting debris and rocks. Additionally, 4-wheel disc brakes with hydraulic assist boosters will enhance your stopping power––even on loose, slippery paths.

The Wrangler also comes with a host of off-roading accessories, such as the two tow hooks on the front of the vehicle and the one on the back. Trailer Sway Damping Control comes standard as well, and adds even more stability and vehicle protection.

The Toyota 4Runner comes with a fair amount of muscle, enough so that it has a high towing capacity. However, it doesn’t contain the many structural and mechanical features that make the Jeep Wrangler such a proficient off-roading vehicle. On the contrary, the Toyota 4Runner is likely to incur a lot of wear from off-roading and may even lose traction on some of your rockier excursions.

Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner: Exterior Specifications

One of the most notable differences between the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner occurs within their respective exteriors. The Wrangler’s bold and iconic style creates an instant feeling of joy, while its multitude of open-air options surrounds you with the beauty of nature.

Choose between a wide array of roof options. Stick with the standard Sunrider® soft top to raise or lower the roof with ease, or upgrade to the removable option Freedom Top® hardtop. Adding form to function, many of these roofing options are available in black, tan, or body-color.

The 4Runner is stylish in its own right. However, its design isn’t as recognizable as the Wrangler. Plus, Toyota does not offer any open-air configurations or removeable tops. If you want to feel the wind in your hair, you’ll have to make do with opening the windows.

Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner: Performance

The 3.6L 24-valve 6-cylinder engine in the Jeep Wrangler is optimized with variable valve timing to ensure that your engine can handle those quick bursts of force required to scale a stony outcrop. The 6-speed manual transmission and Command-Trac® shift-on-the-fly 4WD makes it easy to stay in gear, even when the path forward is unpredictable.

A 160-amp alternator is included to guarantee that your engine runs consistently at peak performance. Features like the engine oil cooler and available engine block heater maintain this performance in both extreme heat and cold. No matter the weather, your 2020 Jeep Wrangler will work hard and efficiently.

The 6-cylinder engine in the Toyota 4Runner is slightly bigger, but doesn’t necessarily generate more power. In fact, due to the 5-speed transmission and part-time 4WD, it’s not likely that your ride will achieve the same smoothness or traction. In poor weather conditions, you may even find yourself skidding.

Wrangler Interior vs 4Runner Interior

The interior of an off-roading vehicle doesn’t necessarily need to be cushy, but it certainly should be comfortable. The Jeep Wrangler is outfitted with cozy cloth low-back bucket seats that will recline for added comfort. All-weather slush mats are available to keep your vehicle cleaner during those muddy or snowy expeditions. Tie-down loops are included in the rear of the vehicle if you’re carrying extra cargo.

You’ll still need some entertainment for those longer trips, and luckily, you can choose an Alpine® Premium 9-speaker Audio System with a rear subwoofer for your Wrangler. SiriusXM® Satellite Radio is available for your listening pleasure as is the Uconnect® System with Bluetooth® accessibility and smartphone integration. You can even turn your Jeep into a hotspot with available 4G Wi-Fi that works from up to 50 feet away.

A nice media package can be found in the Toyota 4Runner as well, and it shares many features with the Wrangler, like Bluetooth® and SiriusXM®. However, the interior opts more for frills over the practical tools found in the competition. When it comes to an off-roading vehicle, you don’t want to go without a more pragmatic outfit.

Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner: Interior Dimensions

When it comes to SUVs, their generally more spacious interiors attract families and adventure-seekers alike. Thankfully, each of the Wrangler trim levels offer all the space you’ll need, and then some.

Up front, the Jeep brings the space with 42.6 inches of front headroom––pretty roomy compared to the Toyota’s 39.3 inches of front headroom. The Wrangler has more rear headroom, too, offering 41.7 inches. The 4Runner, on the other hand, only supplies 38.6 inches of headroom in its second row.

As for hip room, both new SUVs boast similar second-row specs. However, the Wrangler still comes out on top with 56.7 inches, as opposed to the 4Runner’s 55.7 inches of second-row hip room.

Simply put, guests will just have more room to stretch out and relax inside of the Jeep Wrangler.

Test Drive the Jeep Wrangler Today

The strategy of the Toyota 4Runner is to compensate for a lack of rough, outdoor design with a big engine and superfluous gadgets. Still, when it comes to those rocky roads, the 4Runner falls short.

To elevate your driving experience, get behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler. Residents of the Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton areas can easily do so by contacting our Jeep dealership.

Contact us today to schedule your test drive!


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