2021 Jeep Wrangler vs 2021 Toyota 4Runner

How does the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Stack Up Against the 2021 Toyota 4Runner?

Now that it is summer, you are probably ready to get out and go on road trips and vacations. Two of the longest-running off-roading models are the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner. These SUVs have a lot in common which can make the decision on which one to buy harder. But while the Toyota 4Runner is a good vehicle, there are many reasons why the Jeep Wrangler comes out on top.

Engine Performance and Trim Levels

Power in an off-roading vehicle is essential to get you across any unpaved trail. It also allows you to tow heavier cargo. The Toyota 4Runner only has one engine option, while the Jeep Wrangler has four options. More engine options give you a better opportunity to get the power you need. These engines are also more powerful than the one on the Toyota 4Runner. Here are the Jeep Wrangler engine options:

  • Standard 3.6L V6 engine with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque
  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.0L diesel V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.4L V8 engine with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque

With this kind of power, the Jeep Wrangler can tow up to 3,500 pounds. So, if you want to tow your boat or RV during the summer and go off-roading around the Santa Monica area, the Jeep Wrangler is the best option. The Jeep Wrangler also has a diesel option, while the Toyota 4Runner does not.

Interior Space and Features

The Jeep Wrangler can fit either four or five passengers, depending on the body size that you get. The two-door Jeep Wrangler can fit up to four passengers, while the four-door Jeep Wrangler can fit five. While the standard Toyota 4Runner can fit up to one more passenger than the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler offers more room for your passengers. This space allows even your tall friends to stretch out while on long road trips. The Jeep Wrangler offers room, including:

  • 35.7 inches of legroom in the second-row seats
  • 41.7 inches of headroom in the second-row seats
  • 42.6 inches of headroom in the front row

The interior on the Jeep Wrangler is more upgraded than the interior on the Toyota 4Runner. The cloth upholstery on the seats is more comfortable. The Jeep Wrangler comes standard with dual-zone climate control so you and your passengers can set the temperature and fan speed that fits most of them without interrupting the other.

You have the option on the Jeep Wrangler to take off the doors, roof, and windshield for more freedom while off-roading or driving around Santa Monica. This feature allows you to feel the sun and wind on your skin during your summer drives. While the Toyota 4Runner has an optional sunroof, this is not the same feeling as taking the roof off completely.

Advanced Safety Features

Whether you are going to take this SUV off-roading or just drive around Santa Monica for your daily needs, you need to know that you will be safe while behind the wheel. Both vehicles have plenty of advanced safety features that will help you make choices that will reduce your chance of getting into a car accident. However, the Jeep Wrangler has a standard rearview camera on it that can help you back out of parking spaces. Other available advanced safety features on the Jeep Wrangler include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Parking sensors

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As you can see, the Jeep Wrangler comes out on top when put to the test. We here at Santa Monica Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram want to help you find the right vehicle to match your needs. If you would like to see our Jeep Wrangler inventory or if you have any questions, visit us at Santa Monica Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram. Anyone on our team would be happy to help answer any questions you have.

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