Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Jeep Wrangler VS 2007 Toyota 4Runner Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2007 Jeep Wrangler

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2007 Toyota 4Runner

Safety Comparison

Both the Wrangler and the 4Runner have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front seat side-impact airbags, head airbags and four wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is safer than the 4Runner:

Wrangler

4Runner

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

551

573

Chest forces

40 g’s

49 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

452

464

Chest forces

43 g’s

49 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Wrangler’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Jeep Wrangler’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The camshaft in the Wrangler’s engine is driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The 4Runner 4.7 DOHC V8’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the 4Runner’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Wrangler has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the 4Runner 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Wrangler has a standard 160 amp alternator. The 4Runner’s 130 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Wrangler uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 4Runner requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Wrangler offers an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wrangler Unlimited’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the 4Runner (116 vs. 109.8 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2dr’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the 4Runner’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Rubicon 2dr has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the 4Runner (10.2 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Wrangler to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Jeep Wrangler may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Toyota 4Runner.

The Wrangler Unlimited is 1 foot, 3.8 inches shorter than the 4Runner, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Wrangler 2dr is 3 feet shorter than the 4Runner.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Wrangler Unlimited has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the 4Runner 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (46.43 vs. 42.2 cubic feet). The Wrangler Unlimited has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the 4Runner with all its rear seats folded (86.75 vs. 75.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Wrangler 2dr easier. The Wrangler 2dr’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the 4Runner’s liftover is 30 inches.

The Wrangler’s cargo area is larger than the 4Runner’s in almost every dimension:

Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

4Runner

Max Width

58.7”

58.7”

57”

Min Width

44.7”

44.7”

41.5”

Height

37”

37”

36.5”

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows available on both the Wrangler and the 4Runner have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Wrangler is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The 4Runner prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Wrangler’s available front power windows open with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 4Runner’s front passenger window doesn’t open automatically.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Wrangler will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Wrangler will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the 4Runner.

Wrangler

4Runner

Four Year

42% to 44%

39%

Two Year

57% to 59%

55%

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