Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota FJ Cruiser
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler and the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser were both built with an adventurous customer in mind. Both are capable of off-roading as well as performing typical urban and suburban commutes. When all is said and done, the Wrangler compares favorably to the FJ Cruiser in a number of areas. Below, we take a look at each vehicle’s specific advantages and disadvantages.
While both vehicles are two door SUVs in their standard editions, Jeep has stepped up to the plate and offered a larger Wrangler called the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This comparison will be between the two door versions, but it is worth noting that there is no comparable upper level FJ Cruiser trim with four doors. The Wrangler is narrower than the FJ Cruiser, so it is much easier to get in and out when crammed between other vehicles in a parking space. If you go with the Jeep Wrangler, you’ll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Critics have gone to great lengths to point out the difficulty of entering the FJ Cruiser’s back seats. There’s not much space between them and the front seat when it is moved forward for rear entry.
Each vehicle permits just over 41 inches of room for front leg extension. Yet the Wrangler provides an extra four inches of space in the rear for passenger’s legs in comparison to the FJ Cruiser. The specific numbers are 40 inches for the Wrangler and 35.6 inches for the FJ Cruiser. Each vehicle has similar head space dimensions at just over 41 inches. Rear head space is also comparable for both at a little over 40 inches. Admittedly, the FJ Cruiser does outshine the Wrangler in at least one spatial measurement. It comes in at 66.8 cubic feet of aggregate luggage volume while the Wrangler has 55 cubic feet. Yet drivers should not discount the spacious Jeep Wrangler Unlimited which blows the FJ Cruiser out of the water.
What’s Under the Hood
In terms of engine specifications, the Wrangler hits the scene with a four wheel drive power train, V6 with 3.6 liters. This generates 285 horses of strength along with 260 pound feet of torque. The FJ Cruiser has fewer horses at 260, a bit more torque with 271 pound feet along with a 4.0 liter, V6 engine. All in all, the engines are fairly similar. Fuel economy is also a tie with the FJ Cruiser coming in at 17 miles per gallon in city areas and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. The Wrangler also attains 17 miles per gallon in the city but outdoes the FJ Cruiser by a mile on the highways at 21 miles per gallon. So, you’ll be making the same number of trips to the gas station at the same frequency, regardless of which vehicle you choose.
How Does it Drive?
In terms of the actual driving experience, the Wrangler has the FJ Cruiser beat with ease. The Wrangler boasts a much smaller turning radius so the driver can get in and out of tight fits with ease. The FJ Cruiser moves much more rigidly without the same deftness and agility that the Wrangler provides. The Wrangler provides a smooth and nearly soundless ride due to the quality of its suspension. Critics have complained about the FJ Cruiser’s noise levels and poor overall ride quality.
Most drivers will agree that the Wrangler is a superior off-road vehicle. Its doors can be removed as can its roof and front windshield. The Wrangler has standard four wheel drive since its creators consider it to be a true off-road beast. Alternatively, the FJ Cruiser disappoints with standard rear wheel drive. Although the Wrangler was designed with wild off-road adventures in mind, it is not an unsafe vehicle. It has an advanced electronic stability control system with anti-roll technology. When the Wrangler detects a “roll” scenario approaching, it applies extra torque to the wheels that need assistance so that the vehicle remains upright and continues along the desired path. The FJ Cruiser does not have anti-roll technology.
In terms of cost, the vehicles are priced at significantly different Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs). The Wrangler starts at an affordable $23,390- an acceptable amount for a vehicle of its quality. The FJ Cruiser is almost priced like a luxury SUV as it starts at nearly $28,000 (the exact figure is $27,990). Both vehicles have similar basic warranties.
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