2018 Jeep Wrangler vs. Its Competition

2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Jeep Wrangler has no direct rivals, not since the Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser hit the skids.

Ford’s Bronco and Chevy’s Blazer are on the comeback trail, but until then the competition comes down to vehicles like the Toyota 4Runner.

It’s more of a conventional SUV, but when properly equipped with the TRD off-road pack it could make a softer alternative to the Wrangler Unlimited, though it doesn't offer anything like removable tops or two-door models.

The other alternative is a compact pickup, and the Toyota Tacoma stands as an interesting alternative to the Wrangler.

In top TRD Pro Off-Road guise, it's the most off-road-oriented of the mid-size pickups and it has a more modern feature set—and, we're assuming, better safety.

Other mid-size trucks like the Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon might be reasonable substitutes.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler skips over the on-road part of the driving test, and heads straight for the hills.
6.0
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado can be whatever you need it to be: in-town runabout, suburban slogger, or off-road racing champion.
6.0
The 2018 GMC Canyon is a solid, highly recommended choice among mid-size pickups for its terrific powertrains, comfortable interior, and refined demeanor.
4.0
The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a good, basic truck, but there are far more modern options for not too much more.
5.7
If you’re going off-road, consider the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. It’s a trusty tool for any kind of expedition, but it’s not so civilized around town.
5.8
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup with the right-sized attitude: it’s nimble off road, capable, and just enough truck for many buyers.
MSRP From     
$23,995$20,200$21,100$18,990$34,810$25,400
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
Freedom Edition 4x42WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLKing Cab 4x2 S ManualSR5 2WD (GS)SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
422454
Passenger Doors     
N/A2N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilityExtended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupKing CabSport UtilityAccess Cab
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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