If you’re looking to sling a little mud out on the trail there are quite a few respectable vehicles to choose from.
In Unlimited guise, the Wrangler features four doors to match its capable four-wheel drive system. A smooth and responsive 3.6-liter gasoline V6 provides the goods, 285 horses with 260 lb-ft of torque to be precise.
Aft of the engine, Jeep customers can choose from either a six-speed manual or a five-ratio automatic transmission, though the former is appreciably more fun.
Shifting gears, so to speak, the Toyota in this toss-up also features four doors, but it’s a bit more spacious inside, offering an optional third-row seat. Additionally, it’s both wider and longer.
These dimensional differences give the 4Runner a good bit more overall passenger volume, making it more versatile in day-to-day driving. However, its larger size can be a liability out on the trail.
Underhood, this Toyota is motivated by a 4.0-liter V6. Given its generous displacement, it’s only good for a rather middling 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Likewise, its transmission choices are limited to just a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive as well as full-time four-wheel drive give customers maximum choice.
And with that, are you ready to choose a favorite? Both the Wrangler Unlimited and 4Runner can get you to some incredible places, but is one of these rigs a smarter choice? For more information about each one, compare them here and don’t forget to vote in the poll down below.