Jeep Wrangler JL vs. Toyota 4Runner Comparison

Learn How the Newest Jeep Wrangler Compares to its Toyota's 4Runner

Jeep presented fans with a new version of the Wrangler for the model year, naming it the Wrangler JL to differentiate it from the previous Wrangler JK model. We think it's only right to compare this new version of the iconic Jeep against other options in the segment, so we thought we'd see how it fared in a head-to-head comparison against the Toyota 4Runner. Read on for the results.

Jeep Wrangler JL vs. Toyota 4Runner Price

We chose to compare base models of each version, and even at that level the price difference is significant. The Wrangler starts at a total MSRP of $28,940, while the 4Runner begins with a total MSRP of $35,605. That difference of more than $6,000 will show up in both in a lower monthly payment for the Jeep, and a much lower total cost paid when you consider interest over the course of your loan's lifetime. Then add in the improved fuel economy offered by the Wrangler, and your total cost of ownership is much lower for the Wrangler than it is for the Toyota.

Jeep Wrangler JL vs. Toyota 4Runner Performance

The 3.6-liter V6 engine at the heart of the Jeep Wrangler generates 285 horsepower, outperforming the 270 horsepower offered by the 4Runner's V6. The Wrangler pairs its engine with a manual transmission that allows you better acceleration and control, while the 4Runner sticks with letting an automatic transmission change gears for you.

The Wrangler weighs up to 450 pounds less than the 4Runner, making it easier to handle, quicker to accelerate, and more fuel efficient. Both offer the same city fuel economy, but the Wrangler achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway -- the 4Runner rates for 21 highway mpg.

When it comes to taking on the tough terrain, the Wrangler JL is much better equipped for the fun. It offers better ground clearance than the 4Runner, making it easier to crawl over rocks or debris without fear of getting stuck or damaging something.

Jeep Wrangler JL vs. Toyota 4Runner Features

Standard features on both introductory models include driver lumbar support, variable speed intermittent wipers, cruise control, a trip computer, and power steering. The Wrangler also includes an MP3 player, an auxiliary audio input jack, and wireless cell phone hookup -- all of which are pricey options on the 4Runner. It's also worth noting that the Wrangler JL offers better headroom front and back, and boasts the larger total interior volume of the two.

One feature that really stands out with the Wrangler JL is the ability to choose from three tops: an easy-to-remove hardtop, a soft top that fully retracts at the touch of a button, or a soft top that can be retracted part of the way or removed completely. The 4Runner offers a hardtop, and it stays in place at all times.

Jeep Wrangler JL vs. Toyota 4Runner Safety

Both SUVs feature such standard safety features as frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, plastic fuel tanks, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control and rearview cameras. However, the Wrangler JL comes with four-wheel drive for maximum stability and traction; that costs more money to add to the 4Runner, since it's only available as an option.

Visit our Torrington Showroom to Explore the Jeep Wrangler JL in Person

Hopefully you've discovered by this point that the Wrangler JL is the more complete package, delivering all you could want in a fun-to-drive, ready-to-explore SUV. Our sales professionals are more than happy to help you schedule your convenient test drive.

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