It’s a battle of off-roaders when a Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO takes on a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
Today it seems that everyone is all about off-road vehicles. Jeep seems to only advertise their SUVs and crossovers as off-road capable, while Japanese carmaker Toyota has its own sub-brand of off-road vehicles dubbed TRD PRO. But what happens when you pit the best Jeep in the business, the Wrangler Rubicon, against the top-of-the-line Toyota off-roader, the 4Runner TRD PRO?
The gracious YouTubers over at Throttle House put these two off-roaders to the test somewhere in the wilds of rural Ontario, Canada, what some might consider being the natural home of either car and an ideal place to see how well they handle snow-covered hills.
In the video, we see that the Rubicon is carefree and playful in the snow, tacking drifts of any size with ease. Meanwhile, the 4Runner seems more of a lumbering beast that occasionally gets stuck if not given enough power. Which is strange considering both SUVs have very similar engines.
Under the hood of the TRD PRO is a 4.0-L V6 with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels thanks to a 5-speed automatic with crawl control and a rear locking differential. New for the TRD PRO is Fox internal bypass shocks and a fake hood scoop.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes with a 3.6-L Pentastar V6 with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to all wheels through either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic, along with somewhat more “aggressive” off-road tires.
On the inside, the Jeep shows a much more refined and technologically advanced cabin compared to the Toyota. While the Jeep comes with a heated steering wheel and a big infotainment system, the Toyota seems to make do with a smaller touchscreen from an older Corolla. It even has an old-school metal key to start instead of a push-button.
Strangely, the Toyota’s interior seems to be made from all manner of materials like brushed steel, leather, plastic, and small bits of carbon fiber, while the Jeep’s interior was a much more coherent collection of colored panels and soft materials.
But where the Toyota shines is on the road. The Jeep suffers from “catastrophic wind noise” while at highway speeds, while the 4Runner is more comfortable and refined.
Both cars around the $52,000 mark, so it’s a matter of personal preference. But we know what SUV we’d pick.