Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Wrangler VS 2016 Toyota Tacoma Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Wrangler

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2016 Toyota Tacoma

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Wrangler and the Tacoma have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

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

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.

Engine Comparison

The Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 126 more horsepower (285 vs. 159) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 180) than the Tacoma’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (285 vs. 278) than the Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jeep Wrangler is faster than the Toyota Tacoma V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Wrangler Unlimited’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tacoma (22.5 vs. 21.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

11.9 inches

10.75 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10” drums

The Wrangler’s brakes have 92% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Tacoma with its standard brakes (468.6 vs. 244.5 square inches), so the Wrangler has more braking power available. The Wrangler’s brakes have 84% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Tacoma 4x4 (468.6 vs. 254.6 square inches).

The Jeep Wrangler has standard 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 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.

The Wrangler’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Tacoma’s (56% to 44%). This gives the Wrangler more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2dr’s turning circle is 5.7 feet tighter than the Tacoma Access Cab’s (34.9 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Wrangler Unlimited’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Tacoma Long Bed Double Cab’s (41.2 feet vs. 44.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Rubicon 2dr has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tacoma (10 vs. 9.4 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 150 to 200 pounds less than the Toyota Tacoma.

The Wrangler 2dr is 4 feet shorter than the Tacoma Access Cab, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Wrangler 2dr has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 5.4 inches more rear headroom and 11 inches more rear legroom than the Tacoma Access Cab.

The Wrangler Unlimited has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Double Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Wrangler 2dr has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tacoma Double Cab with its long-bed bodystyle (61.2 vs. 42.6 cubic feet).

The Wrangler Unlimited has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Tacoma with its long-bed bodystyle (70.6 vs. 42.6 cubic feet).

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

Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

Tacoma Access Cab

Tacoma Double Cab

Max Width





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Ergonomics Comparison

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 Tacoma doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Wrangler’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Tacoma does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Tacoma’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. The Tacoma TRD/Limited’s front passenger window doesn’t lower 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.

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

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 not available in all areas.) The Tacoma doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jeep Wrangler has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Kiplinger’s Award




A “Best Value in Class”


 The Wrangler Unlimited is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Tacoma is not ranked.

The Jeep Wrangler outsold the Toyota Tacoma by over two to one during 2015.

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