2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: Head to Head

2021 Jeep Wrangler front 3/4 view (top) / 2021 Toyota 4Runner front 3/4 view (bottom)
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How Do These Off-Roading Aces Compare?

There was a time, several decades ago, when most SUVs were capable of venturing off-road. But as automakers worked to make SUVs more fuel-efficient and accommodating for everyday life, many of these SUVs evolved into road-going crossovers. That’s not the case with the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.

The Wrangler comes from a long line of Jeeps, dating back to the original Willys 4x4 designed for military use in World War II. The 4Runner, on the other hand, was born out of the 4x4 trend of the 1980s. The original 4Runner was based on the Toyota Pickup (before the Tacoma, it was just called “Pickup”), and had a completely removable roof section aft of the front cab.

The 4Runner is now in its fifth generation, and the Wrangler is now in its fourth. Though, if you count the Willys and CJs that predate the first-gen 1987 Wrangler, there are many more past generations of Jeep’s core model.

The big question: which of these off-road capable SUVs is right for you? They both approach the SUV formula in different ways. As a result, each excels in different areas. In the following slides, we’ll break down the Wrangler and 4Runner to see how they stack up on price, performance, safety, features, and more.

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