Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Jeep Wrangler VS 2007 Toyota Tacoma Near Phoenix, AZ

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2007 Jeep Wrangler

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2007 Toyota Tacoma

Safety Comparison

The Wrangler has a standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The ESP then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A skid prevention system costs extra on the Tacoma. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle SUV crashes by 67%.

Both the Wrangler and the Tacoma have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, available front seat side-impact airbags, head airbags and four wheel drive.

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 Tacoma’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 Tacoma 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Tacoma’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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma’s standard 80 amp alternator and largest (optional) 130 amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Wrangler’s 3.8 V6 produces 43 more horsepower (202 vs. 159) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (237 vs. 180) than the Tacoma’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Wrangler uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tacoma with the 4.0 DOHC V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Wrangler’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Tacoma:

Wrangler

Tacoma

Front Rotors

11.9 inches

10.83 inches

Rear Rotors

12.44 inches

10” drums

The Jeep Wrangler has standard antilock four wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Tacoma. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Wrangler has larger standard tires than the Tacoma (225/75R16 vs. 215/70R15).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Wrangler has standard 16 inch wheels. Smaller 15 inch wheels are standard on the Tacoma.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Wrangler has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Wrangler flat and controlled during cornering. The Tacoma base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Tacoma doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Wrangler uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Tacoma, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wrangler’s wheelbase is longer than on the Tacoma:

Wrangler

Tacoma

shortest

95.4 inches

109.4 inches

longest

116 inches

140.9 inches

The Wrangler’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the Tacoma’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Wrangler more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2dr’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Tacoma 4x4’s (34.9 feet vs. 36 feet). The Wrangler Unlimited’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Tacoma Long Bed Double Cab’s (41.2 feet vs. 44 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Rubicon 2dr has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tacoma (10.2 vs. 9.4 inches), allowing the Wrangler to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Wrangler is shorter than the Tacoma, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Wrangler

Tacoma

Shortest

152.8 inches

190.4 inches

Longest

173.4 inches

221.3 inches

Passenger Space Comparison

The Wrangler 2dr has 1.3 inches more front headroom and 2 inches more front hip room than the Tacoma.

The Wrangler Unlimited has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 5.2 inches more rear headroom, 9 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Access Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

Tacoma

Tacoma Double Cab

Max Width

58.7”

58.7”

56.7”

56.7”

Min Width

44.7”

44.7”

41.5”

41.5”

Height

37”

37”

18”

18”

A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Wrangler. The Tacoma doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Wrangler automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Tacoma’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Wrangler has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Tacoma has a plunger parking brake, which is released by turning the handle while pressing a button, a much more difficult operation.

The power windows optional on both the Wrangler and the Tacoma 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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma’s optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t open automatically.

The Wrangler offers an optional locking fuel cap. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Wrangler’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Tacoma’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Wrangler offers an optional rear wiper. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Wrangler’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Tacoma doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address in the USA, a GPS navigation system is available on the Wrangler. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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