Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Jeep Wrangler VS 2014 Toyota FJ Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Jeep Wrangler

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2014 Toyota FJ

Safety Comparison

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To allow off-road and deep snow capability, Four-Wheel Drive is standard on the Wrangler. But it costs extra on the FJ Cruiser.

Both the Wrangler and the FJ Cruiser 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 and head airbags.

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

Wrangler

FJ Cruiser

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest forces

40 g’s

42 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest forces

43 g’s

47 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

Warranty Comparison

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Wrangler 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the FJ Cruiser. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the FJ Cruiser ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

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The Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (285 vs. 260) than the FJ Cruiser’s 4.0 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Wrangler gets better fuel mileage than the FJ Cruiser:

Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

FJ Cruiser

2WD

n/a

n/a

16 city/20 hwy

4.0 V6/Auto

4WD

3.6 V6/6-spd Manual

17 city/21 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

15 city/18 hwy

4.0 V6/Manual

3.6 V6/5-spd Auto

17 city/21 hwy

16 city/20 hwy

17 city/20 hwy

4.0 V6/Auto

The Wrangler Unlimited’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the FJ Cruiser (22.5 vs. 19 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Wrangler Sahara has standard 18-inch wheels. The FJ Cruiser’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Wrangler has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The FJ Cruiser’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Wrangler Rubicon has 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 FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wrangler Unlimited’s wheelbase is 10.1 inches longer than on the FJ Cruiser (116 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Wrangler’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the FJ Cruiser’s (53.7% to 46.3%). This gives the Wrangler more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2dr’s turning circle is 5.8 feet tighter than the FJ Cruiser’s (34.9 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Sahara 2dr has a greater minimum ground clearance than the FJ Cruiser (10.3 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Wrangler to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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

The Wrangler 2dr is 2 feet, 7.1 inches shorter than the FJ Cruiser, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Wrangler 2dr has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the FJ Cruiser (102.9 vs. 97).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Wrangler Unlimited has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the FJ Cruiser with its rear seat up (31.5 vs. 27.9 cubic feet). The Wrangler Unlimited has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the FJ Cruiser with its rear seat folded (70.6 vs. 66.8 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 FJ Cruiser’s liftover is 31 inches.

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

Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

FJ Cruiser

Max Width

58.7”

58.7”

54.4”

Min Width

44.7”

44.7”

42”

Height

37.1”

37.1”

39”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Wrangler Sahara/Rubicon Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 FJ Cruiser’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows available on both the Wrangler and the FJ Cruiser 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 FJ Cruiser prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Wrangler’s available front power windows lower 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 FJ Cruiser’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The FJ Cruiser’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Wrangler’s optional power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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 FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Wrangler Sahara/Rubicon has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Wrangler has standard extendable sun visors. The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Wrangler’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Wrangler Sahara/Rubicon offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the FJ Cruiser.

The Wrangler Sahara/Rubicon’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Wrangler. The Wrangler’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Wrangler offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The FJ Cruiser doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Wrangler is less expensive to operate than the FJ Cruiser because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Wrangler than the FJ Cruiser, including $12 less for an alternator, $305 less for a starter, $59 less for fuel injection, $79 less for a fuel pump, $31 less for front struts, $1323 less for a timing belt/chain and $297 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Four Wheeler performed a comparison test in its February 2007 issue and they ranked the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr first. They ranked the Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 third.

The Wrangler was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2012 4x4 of the Year. The FJ Cruiser has never been chosen.

The Jeep Wrangler outsold the Toyota FJ Cruiser by almost eleven to one during the 2014 model year.

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