Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Versus Toyota 4Runner

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Time for another vehicle comparison. This round we’re going to put two off-road vehicles to the test. It’s the 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited against the 2017 Toyota 4Runner. We’ll find the most capable off-road runner of each and pit them against one another, from their specs to their features. So let’s get to it.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock

Built for rock-crawling, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock is one of the best in the Jeep lineup for off-road action. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine built with VVT, this Wrangler Unlimited model generates 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That may not sound like much, but it comes with a 4:1 Rock-Trac part-time 4WD system. That means the engine goes through four rotations before the wheels even turn once, and the higher the first number the more torque that’s generated. It also has electronic locking differentials and a transfer case to battle loss of traction at any time.

Starting MSRP is $42,245.

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Said to also be one of the best, according to the internet anyways, the Toyota 4Runner competes well with the Wrangler Unlimited. Powered by a 4.0-liter V6 DOHC engine with VVT-I, it has a small advantage. DOHC, or “double overhead camshaft” engines tend to deal with less tension, having a separate shaft for both, the intake and exhaust of an engine’s cylinders. In addition, VVT-I, like regular variable valve timing (VVT) systems, alter the timing event of the engine’s cylinders, but VVT-I alters the timing event of each cylinder separately. Overall its efficiency is above the average engine, with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a part-time 4WD system with active traction control.

Starting MSRP is $42,400.

Features

Now that the mechanics are out of the way, let’s look at the style and comfort these two vehicles offer.

Feature Wrangler Unlimited 4Runner
Exterior
Automatic Headlamps Yes Yes
LED Lights Yes, fog lamps and reflectors Yes, Taillights
Heated Power Mirrors Yes Yes
Roof Rails No Yes
Privacy Glass Deep Tint Sunscreen Windows Rear and Liftgate Windows
Skid Plates or Mud Guards No Yes
Rock Rails/Running Boards Yes Optional
Wheels 17-inch 17-inch
Interior
Seating Trim Leather Leather
Heated Seats Yes, Front Yes, Front
Rear Folding 60/40 Seat Yes No
Automatic A/C Optional No
Cargo Storage Floor Compartment, Storage Tray, and rear compartment Cargo areas in front and rear
Leather Trimming Steering Wheel and Shift Knob Steering Wheel and Shift Knob
Instrument Cluster Yes Yes
Keyless Entry Yes Yes
Backup Camera No Yes

The two are pretty tied up with barely any difference between them. So let’s see if their technology separates them a little more.

Entertainment

Feature Wrangler Unlimited 4Runner
Bluetooth Voice Command Yes Yes
Sound System Alpine Premium 9-speakers Premium 8-speakers
Touch Screen Optional, 6.5-inch 6.1-inch
Radio Radio 130 HD
Sirius XM Yes, 1-year Yes, 3-month
Infotainment System No Entune
GPS Navigation Optional Yes
Steering Wheel Audio Controls Yes No
Electronic Vehicle Info Center Yes Yes

When looking at the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, it’s clear that this vehicle was made purely for off-road and rock crawling enthusiasts. The Toyota 4Runner seems to be a little less focused, and keeps consumer entertainment in mind. It comes down to whether you want a vehicle with purpose or one that’s a little more versatile.

Safety and Warranty

Lastly, we’ll look at the safety and warranties of each.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock has advanced multistage front airbags, traction and stability control systems, an anti-theft alarm, a sentry key theft deterrent system, and a sports bar with full padding to protect passengers from hitting their heads on its steel bars.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Pro has advanced front and side airbags, traction and stability control systems, LATCH anchor systems for child seats, and an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock has a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner Pro has a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years/unlimited miles.

Looking for a vehicle built for off-road action? Then the winner is the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock.

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