2016 Jeep Wrangler vs. Its Competition

2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Jeep Wrangler has brought quite a bit of competition over the years, but with the recent discontinuation of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, and now the discontinuation of the Nissan Xterra, there are fewer alternatives.

The Nissan Xterra will still be around in dealer lots for part of the year, and it's not quite as dedicated to the off-road task as the Wrangler—think of it as blending in just a bit of the pickup-influenced capabilities that SUVs used to embody.

The Toyota 4Runner doesn't offer anything to rival the Wrangler's removable tops or available two-door model, but it can tackle tough trails when properly equipped.

The 4Runner is more of a conventional SUV, but it hasn't given up its tough truck side in recent years and when properly equipped it could make a softer alternative to the Wrangler Unlimited.

Toyota has added a TRD off-road pack for the 4Runner, which includes suspension upgrades and a sorely needed all-terrain tire package.

The Toyota Tacoma actually stands as an interesting alternative to the Wrangler; in top TRD Pro Off-Road guise, it's the most off-road-oriented of the compact or mid-size pickups and it has a more modern feature set—and, we're assuming, better safety.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler build faithfully on the reputation and the look of the past, with just enough contemporary features and modern amenities.
7.6
With the 2016 Toyota 4Runner, you'll trade off a little refinement and on the road finesse for true SUV capability, off-road prowess, and unparalleled style.
7.2
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma steps up its act in all the ways that attracted current Tacoma owners to their trucks, but few that will pull in a new guard.
7.2
The 2015 Nissan Xterra can go just about anywhere, and it won't clutter your decision with tons of options.
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Gas Mileage   
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Passenger Capacity   
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