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Jeep Wrangler VS Toyota FJ Cruiser

Updated on July 13, 2014

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Different companies produce different kinds of vehicles so as to suit different types of terrains. In this case, the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota FJ Cruiser almost have the same features. That is, they have the capability of moving with ease in certain terrain. Despite the fact that these vehicles share a common ground they do have some differences with regard to their drivability. These vehicles can move in both the hard terrain as well as the soft terrain. Therefore, this article will give a vivid comparison as well as the contrasts between the two vehicles. However, to ensure that the comparison and contrasts between the two vehicles are impartial, the people required to enforce the testing should spread from a wide range of age’s distribution, family status and occupations.


It is notable that the body shapes for these two vehicles are designed in such a way that their drivability can be enhanced. First of all, they are designed in such a way that they can be able to move on unfavorable terrain. For instance, they are both raised so as to ensure that they would not get stuck in such terrains. More often than not, such vehicles have huge wheels to facilitate in the movement of the vehicles on rocky terrains. On most occasions, it is evident that the people who purchase these vehicles tend to raise their vehicles a little bit higher. This will automatically ensure that the drivability of the vehicle is in order. The jeep also has the lift kits that also help in ensuring drivability of the cars. Many questions have been asked when it comes to purchasing new cars that have the four wheel drive system. To put the minds of people who have difficulties in selecting the correct type of car to purchase, these two vehicles had to be taken through a system of tests under different environments. This environment ranged from day to day street driving, the general looks as well as the finish, the power as well as the breaking and finally the off road performance.

In such comparisons, every individual will always have his or her own taste of cars. Therefore, this implies that people will either choose the Toyota FJ cruiser while others will go for the Jeep Wrangler. One of the key features that the Toyota FJ Cruiser has lies with the fact that, the vehicle has a 4.0 L 1GR-FE 24- valve engine. Additionally, this engine has variable valve timing that result in 239 horse power and 278 lb-ft of rotating force. The engine also requires a premium 91 octane gas. The engine also feeds the five speed A759F automatic followed with a 0.716: 1 overdrive and a 3.52:1 first gear. One other notable feature lies with the fact that the transfer case forms a part time VF2A with 2.56:1 low range.

The Toyota FJ cruiser also has a double wishbone with a coil over self-regulated front suspension. It has an S20DNF axle that helps in its drivability features. The rear axle consists of a B20N solid axle that uses a four link containing a panhard bar as well as a coil springy suspension. The fore and the hind axle both contain 3. 727:1 disk brakes and gears. However, the hind axle contains of a selectable barring differential.


The axles also consists of the famous Toyota’s A-TRAC brake traction control that responds to any wheel that would be spinning, hence efficiently and effectively shifting the power to the opposite wheel with adhesion. The weight of a vehicle is also important in ensuring the drivability of the vehicle. In this retrospect, the Toyota FJ Cruiser weighs approximately 4295 pounds. Additionally, it sits on the 105. 9 inch wheelbase as well as the 265/70R17BF Goodrich rough trail tires. The approximated size of these tires is 303 inches tall. The vehicle also claims to have a 16 mpg city, a 20 highway. Finally, the vehicle comes with a full-size additional tire. All these features mentioned above have made the car very drivable.

The jeep wrangler also has exceptional features that make it outstanding. The most probable vehicle that should be used in the comparison should be the four door wrangler. The wrangler is characterized with having a 3.8 L 12- valve engine that is rated at 202 horse power as well as having a 237 lb-ft of torque as well as having a requisition of regular 87 octane fuel. Additionally, the vehicle also has a four speed 42RLE automated transmission with a 0.69:1 overdrive and 2.84:1 first gear. This is then followed by the NP2510R rock trac part time transfer cases with 4:1 low range. The axles are made in such a way that they are Next Generation Dana 44s with the 4.1 gears, selectable locking differentials and the disc brakes. The suspensions in the vehicle are four link with track bar as well as coil spring setup fore and rear, all being controlled by the mono tube gas charged shocks. The weight of the jeep is not far from the weight of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, that is, it weighs approximately 4340 pounds and rides on the 255/75R17BF Goodrich mud terrain tires with a wheelbase approximated to be 116 inches. Just like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the Wrangler also has a full size spare tire.

The comparison and similarities can also be confirmed through surveying the two vehicles via the off road attributes. This entailed testing the vehicles in the streets and the highways. As research shows, the inspection of the two vehicles provided the researchers with the opportunity to compare and contrast underbellies of the two separate vehicles. It is from this research that it was identified that the two vehicles had a ground clearance within an eighth of an inch at the axle at the front but in the hind axle, the jeep had over 2 inches. The two vehicles have very nice skid plates. However, the steering stabilizer, tie rod and the plastic front air dam found on the jeep are quite vulnerable. On the other hand, the low hanging radiator on the Toyota FJ Cruiser needs protection up front. Even though the jeep has more impressive looking recovery hooks at the rear and front, the Toyota FJ would still be operational under the same circumstances.

One important feature that should be put into consideration is safety of the vehicles. For instance, the jeep wrangler does not have the ANCAP crash safety rating though has the active and the passive safety items. The standard safety items would include the passenger and driver safety devices, stability control, hill start assists, tire pressure monitors and immobilizers. On the other hand, the Toyota FJ cruiser gets a raft of both the passive and active safety systems. The vehicle as a reversing camera hence also making the debate even more complicated. Therefore, to some extent, the two similarities are a world apart. The FJ is suited to the families even though it has a serious rough road looks. The jeep Wrangler is yet another with more for the hardcore off road fraternity.


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    • Penny Warugus profile imageAUTHOR

      Penninah Muthoni 

      4 years ago from Kenya

      @Mts1098 thanks for the comment, the is also my favorite especially where it comes to traveling in harsh terrain.

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      4 years ago

      Excellent comparison between these two vehicles - especially surrounding the traction systems in both...You are correct about one thing...I did raise my Jeep with larger tires and it has paid off two fold...cheers and welcome!


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