2021 Jeep® Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Jeep Wrangler exterior

If you’re in the market for a rugged SUV, then you’ve probably been looking at some Jeep® models. However, if you are not entirely convinced that a Jeep is for you, it pays to compare models.

Here we take a look at the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner to see how they match-up in a couple of key areas:


The base engine in the Jeep Wrangler is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This Jeep SUV has three other engines to pick from:

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter. four-cylinder: 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-liter V6 diesel: 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque
  • Turbocharged 6.4-liter V8: 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and two electric motors: 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque

A six-speed manual transmission is standard in this new Jeep, but an eight-speed automatic is available. Four-wheel drive comes standard.

There’s only one engine option with the Toyota 4Runner: a 4.0-liter V6 that offers 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. This comes with a five-speed automatic transmission, as well as rear-wheel drive.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Towing capabilities

Off-Road Ability

When you think of a Jeep, you probably automatically picture a vehicle climbing steep hills or traversing some other rugged terrain. The brand is synonymous with off-roading, and the Jeep Wrangler is an off-road beast.

In addition to standard 4-wheel drive, every model comes with skid plates, a transfer case, and tow hooks. And if you go with the Sahara, Rubicon or Rubicon 392 trim, you will get rock rails, limited-slip and locking differentials, and about 11 inches of ground clearance.

While the Toyota 4Runner does have some off-road ability, to even come close to what the Jeep Wrangler offers. In fact. you would need to upgrade and pay extra to get things like a transfer case or skid plates.

If you’re still not convinced that a Jeep Wrangler is the SUV for you, come down to Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM to take one out for a test drive. You can also take a look at any of the pre-owned Jeep models in stock.