Latest Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota 4Runner Ultimate Off-Roading Face-Off; See Which Won According To Experts

Mar 03, 2017 04:00 AM EST | Paul Urban

Off-roading, one of the greatest American past times! It is then important to determine which off-roading vehicle lives up to the demands of the most harrowing terrain. Two off-roading vehicles consistently emerge as the best: Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner. These two are more often than not compared neck-and-neck and it is interesting to know which will reign supreme.

According to The Car Connection, analyzing the People's Vote on top of the page, there seems to be a clear winner off the bat. In this, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner faced off against the 2017 Jeep Wrangler. In terms of people's votes, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is a clear winner with an average of 7.6 points from 79 votes. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler only got 4.8 points from 66 votes. The battle has gone off to a good start.

Both the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner are considered relics of another era. Both 4x4's withstood the test of time and still are two of the best even up to this day. The 4Runner and Wrangler represent the US passenger-vehicle spectrum which definitely built for the most rugged of paths.

The Jeep Wrangler lineup gives a feel of a vintage car rather than a modern SUV or family car. The Wrangler's powertrain is also considered to be the most refined part of the experience. It also provides excellent driving experience because of its 285-horsepower five-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the 4Runner performs well on the road because of its 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 five-speed automatic engine.

In this area, both perform well, whether on or off the road. The good difference will be noticed in the interior. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers few inches of wheelbase which makes for a more comfortable and pleasant ride even over tough and rough road conditions. If the Wrangler takes home the bacon in ease and comfort of passengers, the 4Runner is impressive in its gas mileage. The 4Runner earns 17mpg, 21 highway, 18 combined in its four-wheel drive form.

As added by Akins Dodge, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is cheaper and more powerful. This time, the site made use of 2017 Toyota 4Runner against the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. According to the site, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, through its Unlimited trim is the clear winner. It is considered so because of its different gear axle ratio for optimized fuel efficiency, an approach angle of 42.2-degrees, and break over angle of 25.8-degrees.

At the end of the day, both Jeep Wrangler and 4Runner are considered the best in their own right. It all depends on the buyers' choice and clearly, any among the two is good. Toyota and Fiat Chrysler both aim to provide the most intense off-roading experience and whichever is used, whether the Jeep Wrangler in any trim or the 4Runner of any year may meet the demands and even exceed it. See if the video agrees with the experts.

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