Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Vs. Toyota 4Runner

By Justin Cupler | June 12th, 2019

With crossovers taking over the industry, rugged SUVs have taken a back seat to them. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a place in the automotive realm. This is true with the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and 2019 Toyota 4Runner, which not only handle off-road driving with ease but can haul the whole family too. Find out which is better for your Saginaw area family below.

Exterior

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited underwent a full redesign in 2018. While it is great this legendary SUV retains its rugged styling, we wouldn’t fault you if you struggle to find what changed. To keep traditionalists happy, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has all the classic design cues it’s had for decades, but the new-generation model is wider and longer, and it features an all-new nose and lighting.

The Toyota 4Runner also boasts rugged, upright SUV styling, but that’s mostly because it hasn’t been through a redesign since 2010. Like the Wrangler, though, the 4Runner has its key demographic: families who love traveling off the beaten path.  It may not be as capable as the Wrangler with its lower ride height, but it is still plenty rugged.

Both models naturally look rugged in every trim level, but they also each have their own extra-rugged side. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has its Renegade trim that includes extra body cladding, unique wheels, and knobby tires, while the Toyota 4Runner boasts its TRD PRO package that includes a raised ride height, FOX shocks, and all-terrain tires.  

 

The 4Runner stands out with a touch of class the Wrangler Unlimited lacks with its decked-out Limited and sharp Limited Nightshade Edition models.

 

Measurement 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Toyota 4Runner Difference
Length 188.4 inches 190.2 to 191.3 inches -2.9 to -1.8 inches
Width 73.8 inches 75.8 inches -2 inches
Height 73.6 inches 71.5 inches +2.1 inches
Wheelbase 118.4 inches 109.8 inches +8.6 inches
Ground Clearance 9.7 to 10.8 inches 9 to 9.6 inches +0.7 to +1.2 inches
Curb weight 4,200 to 4,485 pounds 4,400 to 4,805 pounds -320 to -200 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

  • Classic, blocky look
  • A unique look at each trim level
  • Smaller footprint makes it easier to handle

Advantage: Toyota 4Runner

  • More traditional SUV looks
  • Premium-looking Limited model

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited shows off a flat dash that oozes toughness with its easy-to-operate switches and knobs for various functions, circular gauges, a simple three-spoke steering wheel, and circular air vents. The Wrangler also shows off functional off-road readiness with its wash-out interior that allows you to simply hose off the floor after a day of playing in the mud.

 

The Wrangler Unlimited is not only about off-roading, as it also has plenty of upscale tech features. These include an available 8.4-inch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 552-watt Bose audio system.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner also features an upright dash, but it is not as flat as the Wrangler’s. Also, given its age, the 4Runner’s cabin is understandably dated with its four-spoke steering wheel, 6.1-inch touchscreen, and abundance of plastic. Where the 4Runner shines is in its luxury features, including ventilated front seats, premium leather upholstery, a 15-speaker JBL audio system, and more in its higher trims.

In terms of seating room, the 4Runner’s front seats offer more space, but the Wrangler Unlimited comes back with tons more second-row room. The 2019 4Runner takes seating a step further by offering an optional third row that expands its seating capacity to seven people, but the third row offers very little legroom, so you should only use it in a pinch.

 

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner’s longer body crushes the Wrangler in cargo room by up to 17.3 cubic feet.

 

Measurement 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2019 Toyota 4Runner Difference
Front headroom 40.7 to 42.6 inches 38.6 to 39.3 inches +2.1 to +3.3 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 41.7 inches -0.5 inches
Front shoulder room 55.7 inches 57.8 inches -2.1 inches
Front hip room 53.9 inches 56.5 inches -2.6 inches
Second-row headroom 40.2 to 41.7 inches 38.6 inches +1.6 to +3.1 inches
Second-row legroom 38.3 inches 32.9 inches +5.4 inches
Second-row shoulder room 55.7 inches 57.8 inches -2.1 inches
Second-row hip room 56.9 inches 55.7 inches +1.2 minutes
Third-row headroom
34.3 inches
Third-row legroom
29.3 inches
Third-row shoulder room
57.7 inches
Third-row hip room
43.3 inches
Cargo room (behind third row)
9 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second row) 31.7 cubic feet 46.3 to 47.2 cubic feet -15.5 to -14.6 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 72.4 cubic feet 88.8 to 89.7 cubic feet -17.3 to -16.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

  • Great tech options
  • Wash-out interior
  • Dramatically rugged-looking dash

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 4Runner

  • Roomy front seats
  • More luxury options
  • Massive cargo area

Performance

Under their respective hoods, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner and 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited feature standard V-6 engines. The Wrangler rolls in with a 3.6-liter V-6 with 285 horsepower paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed unit. Four-wheel drive comes standard.

 

The 2019 Wrangler Unlimited has an added wrinkle with its optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that bangs out 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers up to 25 mpg highway, crushing the 4Runner’s 21 mpg peak.

 

Standard four-wheel drive is only part of what makes the Wrangler Unlimited such a great off-road rig. There are also various Dana axles, speed controls, several gear ratios, and tons more.

The 2019 4Runner uses a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 paired to a simple but effective five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available as an option, but the 4Runner lacks many of the off-road features the Wrangler offers, though its TRD PRO trim offers a higher ride height and speed controls.

2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2019 Toyota 4Runner Difference
Standard engine 3.6-liter V-6 4.0-liter V-6
Horsepower 285 hp at 6,400 rpm 270 hp at 5,600 rpm +15 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm 278 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm -18 lb-ft
Standard Opttransmission 6-spd manual 5-spd automatic
Optional transmission 8-spd automatic
Driveline 4WD RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.8 seconds 7.5 seconds -0.7 seconds
Towing capacity 3.500 pounds 5,000 pounds -1,500 pounds
MPG City 17 to 18 mpg 17 mpg +0 to +1 mpg
MPG Highway 23 mpg 20 to 21 mpg +2 to +3 mpg
MPG Combined 19 to 20 mpg 18 mpg +1 to +2 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 270 hp at 5,250 rpm
Torque 295 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic
Driveline 4WD
0-60 time 6.5 seconds
Towing capacity 3.500 rpm
MPG City 22 to 23 mpg
MPG Highway 24 to 25 mpg
MPG Combined 22 to 24 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Available manual transmission
  • More advanced automatic transmission
  • Standard four-wheel drive

Advantage: 2019 Toyota 4Runner

  • More power
  • Big towing advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has seven trim levels — Sport, Sport S, Sport Altitude, Sahara, Rubicon, Sahara Altitude, Rubicon, and Moab — and their starting prices range from $31,545 to $51,300.

 

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner has seven trims: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, Limited Nightshade Edition, and TRD PRO.

2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $31,545

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 3.45-to-1 axle ratios
  • Part-time four-wheel drive
  • Dana solid front axle
  • Dana 44 solid rear axle
  • Normal-duty suspension
  • Shift-on-the-fly transfer case
  • Black, one-piece fender flares
  • Black door handles
  • Black bumpers
  • Black mirrors with manual operation
  • Body-color grille
  • Halogen headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Fuel tank and transfer case skid plates
  • Sunrider folding soft top with sunroof feature
  • Two front and one rear tow hooks
  • 17-inch low-gloss-black steel wheels
  • 17-inch all-season tires
  • Manual, single-zone climate control
  • Rear climate-control ducts
  • Full-floor console
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • LED interior lighting
  • Manual windows
  • Manual door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted control
  • Washout interior with removable carpeting and drain plugs
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • One USB port
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Uconnect 3 infotainment system
  • 5-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 3.5-inch driver information center
  • Integrated voice command
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Electronic roll mitigation
  • Hill-start assist

 

Sport S: $34,745

  • All Sport features, plus
  • 17-inch Tech Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power windows with front one-touch-down operation
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Security alarm

 

Sport Altitude $36,440

  • All Sport S features. Plus
  • Heavy-duty brakes
  • Heavy-duty suspension with gas shocks
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Three-piece hard top

 

Sahara: $38,395

  • All Sport Altitude features, plus
  • Conventional front axle
  • 18-inch polished wheels with gray spokes
  • Black soft top
  • Daytime running lights
  • Body-color fender flares
  • Body-color grille with Sahara accent throats and headlight rings
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Injection molded black bumpers
  • Side steps
  • Keyless ignition
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 7-inch instrument cluster display
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment screen
  • AM/FM radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • LED footwell lighting
  • LED center console lighting
  • Premium cloth seats
  • Universal garage door opener
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Rear charge-only USB port

 

Rubicon: $41,545

  • All Sahara features, plus
  • 4-to-1 Rock-Trac heavy-duty part-time four-wheel drive
  • Dana 44 HD wide front axle
  • Dana 44 HD wide rear axle
  • 4.10-to-1 gear ratio
  • Tru-Lock front and rear axles
  • Electronically controlled front sway-bar disconnect
  • Performance suspension
  • Two-piece Rubicon fender flares
  • Body-color grille with Rubicon throats and headlight surrounds
  • 17-inch aluminum Rubicon low-gloss-black wheels
  • Off-road tires
  • Rock rails
  • Red tow hooks

 

Sahara Altitude: $41,690

  • All Sahara features, plus
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Body-color three-piece hard top

 

Moab: $51.300

  • All Sahara Unlimited features, plus
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 2.72-to-1 Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive
  • Dana solid rear axle
  • Anti-spin rear differential
  • 17-inch Moab Black aluminum wheels
  • Black soft top
  • LED taillights
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • 552-watt Alpine nine-speaker audio system
  • Active noise control
  • Navigation
  • HD Radio
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • SiriusXM Guardian
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Proximity remote

2019 Toyota 4Runner Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SR5: $37,185

  • 4.0-liter V-6 engine
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim
  • LED taillights with smoked trim
  • Daytime running lights
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Color-keyed bumpers
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • 17-inch six-spoke alloy wheels
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Dark-tinted rear glass
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler
  • Engine, front suspension, fuel tank, and transfer case skid plates
  • Multi-information display
  • Cloth seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seat
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Remote-keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Power liftgate window
  • Overhead console with sunglasses storage
  • Five 12-volt power outlets
  • 120-volt power outlet in the cargo area
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Entune Audio Plus infotainment system
  • 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Auxiliary port
  • Scout GPS link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • SiriusXM
  • Hill-start assist
  • Downhill assist
  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Anti-theft system with immobilizer

 

SR5 Premium: $39,015

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Leatherette seating
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • CD player
  • Predictive traffic

 

TRD Off-Road: $38,485

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Multi-Terrain Select
  • Crawl Control
  • 17-inch seven-spoke wheels with black accents
  • Silver-accented bumpers
  • Heated, power outside mirrors
  • TRD Off-Road” badges
  • TRD shift knob
  • TRD floor mats

 

TRD Off-Road Premium: $40,395

  • All TRD Off-Road features, plus
  • Heated, power outside mirrors
  • Leatherette seating
  • Red “TRD” lettering on the front headrests
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • CD player
  • Predictive traffic

 

Limited: $43,625

  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • XREAS sport-enhanced suspension
  • Chrome-accented bumpers
  • Chrome door handles
  • Touch-to-lock/unlock door-handle sensors
  • Power moonroof
  • 20-inch six-spoke alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate-control vents
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Memory driver’s seat
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio infotainment system
  • 15 JBL GreenEdge speakers with a subwoofer
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Limited Nightshade Edition: $45,365

  • Black 20-inch wheels
  • Black-chrome bumper accents
  • Black door handles
  • Black 4Runner badges
  • Black exhaust tip
  • Black-chrome front molding
  • Black LED fog lights
  • Black roof rails
  • Black steering wheel, center cluster, shift knob, shifter panel, and inner dor grips

 

TRD Pro: $46,813

  • All TRD Off-Road Premium features, plus
  • TRD FOX high-performance shocks with remote rear reservoirs
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels
  • All-terrain tires
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Integrated LED fog lights
  • Black bumper accents
  • Heated, power outside mirrors
  • Roof rack
  • Unique “TOYOTA” grille
  • Black “TRD PRO” badges
  • Power moonroof
  • TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate
  • TRD PRO floor mats
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio infotainment system
  • 15 JBL GreenEdge speakers with a subwoofer

Who Should Buy the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?

Looking for the best off-roader your money can buy but can haul the family around with ease? The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is that and more.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota 4Runner?

More focused on room than off-road prowess but still need the ability to tackle a trail now and again? The roomy Toyota 4Runner gives you more of a balance than the Wrangler Unlimited.

 

Whether you are tackling the back trails around Saginaw, dropping the kids off at school in Frankenmuth, picking up groceries in Midland, or just heading out for a weekend trip to Bay City, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can handle it all with a touch of attitude. Ready to take the 2019 Wrangler Unlimited for a spin through Saginaw? Head down to Garber Crysler Dodge Jeep RAM today to test drive it and see what it can offer your family. Can’t make it to our Frankenmuth area showroom today? Stop by our online inventory page today to see our in-stock 2019 Wrangler Unlimited models, choose one you like, and schedule a future test drive.