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2021 Jeep Wrangler Review: The Offroad Champ

Few vehicles scream American Freedom like the Jeep Wrangler. President Eisenhower called the jeep one of the three decisive weapons the US had at its disposal during WWII. We use the lowercase "j" because, during the war, this light reconnaissance and transport vehicle was built by various manufacturers and the word "jeep" was simply army slang for these GP - or General Purpose - vehicles. Still, the result remains the Wrangler.

The Wrangler is iconic. Without it, other hardcore off-roaders like the Suzuki Jimny, Land Rover Defender, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class likely wouldn't exist. But it's been 76 years since the war ended, and yet the Wrangler still relies on decades-old tech like solid front axles. Similarly, in two-door guise, the engine options seem equally dated with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 still doing duty to the tune of 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, in a bid to move with the times, there's now a mild-hybrid version of the same, and a downsized 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. Whichever way you cut it, though, the Wrangler is no-doubt one of the best 4x4 vehicles on the planet, even if that comes at the expense of on-road manners that rivals have adopted.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler?

Last year Jeep finally introduced a powerful 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged diesel and a hybrid version called the 4xe, but these engines aren't available on the short-wheelbase two-door. Instead, the newest 2021 Jeep Wrangler now offers a TrailCam forward-facing camera that displays on the 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Off-Road Plus package is now standard on the Rubicon model. A few new editions have been included in the model range: the Islander, 80th Anniversary Edition, and Willys Sport. Likewise, the Black and Tan and Recon models have fallen away.

The Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a full-time four-wheel drive is now available on the Sport while the extreme Rock-Trac 4x4 system with a full-time four-wheel-drive with a 4:1 low-range is available on Rubicon models. Tire pressure monitoring is now standard on models equipped with the seven- and 8.4-inch touchscreen. Finally, the Wrangler now has two additional USB ports for charging only.

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Pros and Cons

  • Impressive off-road ability
  • Iconic design
  • Loads of Jeep and aftermarket accessories
  • You can take the doors off
  • Decent fuel economy from 2.0-liter
  • Tricky road manners
  • Safety ratings are terrible
  • Lack of driver aids

2021 Jeep Wrangler Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,370
Willys Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,370
Willys
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,370
Sport S
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,370
Islander
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$29,370

Wrangler Exterior

In 1987 Jeep launched the Wrangler YJ, and it had square headlamps. No big deal, surely? Nope. The Jeep loyalists went mad. It had everything else a Wrangler should have, but it was shunned because it didn't have round headlamps. So while some might criticize the new Wrangler for looking exactly like the old one, we reckon it was in the lead designer's best interest. A soft-top is standard, but a hardtop is optional across the range. The base model comes with 17-inch steel wheels, while the rest of the line-up features alloy and tire sizes best suited to their specific niche. Fog lights are also standard across the range, while LED lights are optional. Lastly, the special edition derivatives each arrive sporting various trim-specific elements like black grilles and model-specific decals.

On the roofing front, a three-piece black hardtop is available for $1,395, and a body-colored hardtop for the Jeep Wrangler has a cost of $2,395, but not all trims can be specified with this option. The soft top can also be swapped out for a Premium Black Sunrider Soft-Top for $595, while a Premium Tan soft-top is $795.

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Dimensions

In this two-door, short-wheelbase guise, the 2021 Wrangler has an overall length of 166.8 inches and a tiny wheelbase that's just 96.8 inches long. It's 73.8 inches wide and 73.6 inches tall. The ground clearance is 9.7 inches on most models, but the Rubicon has a proper 10.8 inches of ground clearance. The standard curb weight varies between trims and engine configurations with the lightest model weighing 3,919 pounds and the heaviest at 4,406 lbs.

The off-road measurements are impressive across the range. The approach, breakover, and departure angles are 41.4, 25, and 35.9 degrees on standard models, but the Rubicon takes things up a notch to 44, 27.8, and 37 degrees, respectively.

  • Length 166.8 in
  • Wheelbase 96.8 in
  • Height 73.6 in
  • Max Width 73.8 in
  • Front Width 62.9 in
  • Rear Width 62.9 in

Exterior Colors

The Wrangler is available in a wide selection of colors. There are 12 options, to be precise, with Bright White Clear-Coat being the only standard option. The rest of the exterior hues all cost $245, but not all hues are available on all trims. Some of the so-called premium options are pretty sedate and fly under the radar like the simple Black Clear-coat, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, and Sting-Gray, but more vibrant hues like Hydro Blue, Chief, and Firecracker add some pizazz. Of course, you could always go for the army green shade called Sarge, but we're more partial to vivid hues like Nacho and Hellayella, while the limited-availability Snazzberry also looks particularly cool in an understated kind of way.

  • Snazzberry Pearlcoat
  • Hellayella Clearcoat
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat
  • Sarge Green Clearcoat
  • Nacho Clearcoat
  • Chief Clearcoat, Build Out:12/03/2020
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat

Wrangler Performance

As alluded to earlier, the Wrangler recipe is not to be messed with. That's why it's still a hardcore off-roader and not a soft crossover, and that's likely why the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine is carried over from the previous model. It produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft. Jeep makes two alternatives available. The first option is a 2.0 turbocharged four-pot. You don't pay extra for the engine, but you pay $1,500 for the eight-speed automatic. However, the second alternative retains the V6, adding FCA/Stellantis's eTorque mild-hybrid assistance and a 48-volt motor that adds a low-down torque boost under certain circumstances, or powers ancillary items for improved gas mileage.

The off-road performance of the Jeep Wrangler SUV is much more relevant than 0-60 times. There are various gearing options available for the Wrangler, and customers choose the one most applicable to what they intend to drive on or over. Four 4x4 drivetrains are also available, a standard part-time system, a full-time variable system, or the Rock-Trac system on the Rubicon, which makes full use of the shortened wheelbase for extreme off-road prowess. As far as practicality goes, though, the two-door Wrangler isn't the best hauler, with a maximum towing capacity of only 2,000 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

The standard engine option is the 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V6, serving the Wrangler loyally since 2012. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed automatic transmission is available, which automatically adds mild-hybrid assistance. The V6 provides adequate power with outputs of 285 hp and 260 lb-ft, but it feels unrefined, and it has a bit of a drinking problem. Jeep offers a cure for the latter in the form of mild-hybrid assistance, with the eTorque 48-volt electric motor acting as a starter-generator, and powering ancillary functions to reduce fuel consumption. Importantly, this can't be had with the manual gearbox.

The other alternative is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot. It develops 270 hp, 15 hp less than the V6 but more importantly, it has 295 lb-ft of torque, 35 more than the bigger capacity engine. The four-banger can only be mated to the eight-speed automatic. Choosing between them will be a personal preference. Loyalists will continue to buy the V6, while early adopters and people who are semi-bothered by global warming will likely select the 2.0-liter or the mild-hybrid model. Both engines perform admirably off-road, offering more than enough grunt in low-range to thrust the 4,000-lb Wrangler up and over just about everything.

The Wrangler has never felt at home on-road, and the current model continues that tradition. The eight-speed automatic transmission tries its best to modernize the driving experience, but the rest of the package drags it down.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.6L Twincharged, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Wrangler does have handling, but it's best described as something that you endure on journeys between off-road trails. We wouldn't call it dangerous, as it has a few electronic nannies that look after you, but still, you need to be aware that you're driving an old-school off-roader with a ladder-frame chassis with solid-axle suspension. Add a short wheelbase to the mix, and you have the recipe for a car that can become quite gnarly in the wrong conditions. Just know that if you want to buy a Wrangler as a fashion statement, it will annoy you.

But if you want to do some hardcore off-roading, you came to the right place. Not all Wranglers are created equal. The standard 4WD has a transfer case that offers 2H, 4H, and 4L. On-road, you have to use the rear-wheel-drive 2H, unless you want some serious repair bills resulting from axle bind. Full-time 4WD is now available on the Sport and Rubicon.

The Rubicon is the most capable Wrangler there is. It has lockable diffs front and rear, shorter axle gearing, and all sorts of body protection to ensure you don't damage it while off-roading. It also has a front stabilizer bar that you can electronically disconnect for better wheel articulation. For 2021, Jeep is also blessing the Rubicon with the Off-Road Plus option as standard. It's essentially a driving mode for extreme off-roading and adjusts the throttle, transmission shift points, and traction control. You can enhance it even further by adding the heavy-duty Rock-Trac full-time 4WD system with a 4:1 crawl ratio.

Other models in the line-up borrow parts of the Rubicon, but none are as extreme. The Willys Edition, for example, gets the Rubicon's rock sliders, shocks, and 32-inch tires, but it only has a limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

The difference in capability between the Rubicon and the Sport is vast, but that doesn't make the Sport a terrible off-roader. It can still handle tough obstacles with ease. We attended the Wrangler launch in Austria in 2018, and the Sport handled the 4x4 track in the Alps with ease. There was only one section entirely dedicated to specifically showcase how the locking differentials work. A Sport should be enough for most people, but if you're into the kind of off-roading where you don't know whether you'll return home with all your limbs intact, the Rubicon is the way to go.

Wrangler Gas Mileage

The V6 two-door with a six-speed manual has EPA-estimated figures of 17/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined. The eight-speed automatic is more frugal as it automatically adds mild-hybrid assistance to the mix, resulting in estimates of 20/24/21 mpg. The downsized 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot is the most economical engine option with EPA-estimated figures of 22/24/23 mpg. The 2.0-liter will get 402 miles out of the 17.5-gallon tank, while the V6 manages just 350 miles between refills.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    17.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 17/25 mpg
* 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander 4WD

Wrangler Interior

The Wrangler's interior design is slightly retro. You'll find a few design details that pay homage to previous Wrangler and CJ models. The boxy design means there is adequate space, even though this is a two-door car. There are three infotainment screen sizes, and luxury items like heated seats and a heated steering wheel are available as well. Manual windows are standard on the base model, which may confuse any Millennial drivers out there. But the interior isn't without flaws, one of which being the rear seats. These are located right above the rear wheels, which means the rear passengers get to experience every bump in the road going straight up their spine. Yet another thing to keep in mind when deciding between the two- and four-door models.

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Seating and Interior Space

Jeep sells the Wrangler two-door as a four-seater because only the mythical Slenderman would fit between two adults on the rear bench. Even so, the rear bench is best reserved for people who don't mind contorting their bodies into weird shapes to gain access. Once the front seats are back in place, the rear passengers will feel either snug or confined, personality-dependent. The rear headroom is excellent at 41.7 inches (40.2 inches with the hardtop), but the legroom is ever so slightly constricting at just 35.7 inches.

In the front, it's a different story. The front legroom is a generous 41.2 inches, and the headroom is 42.6 inches (40.7 with the hardtop). Visibility is exceptional thanks to large windows, thin pillars, and outer edges that are easy to spot.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 42.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 41.7 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Cloth is standard across the range, but you do get leather seats with cloth inserts on the Freedom and 80th Anniversary models. You can have it in either black or tan. The base is the only model that doesn't have a leather steering wheel. Full leather upholstery is available on the Rubicon and is a worthwhile investment as it enhances the interior feel.

The interior is pretty much a dull space, except for the Rubicon, which offers black or brown leather and contrast stitching. Jeep insists on including red accents on specific models, even though the exterior color isn't red. These accents would have been brilliant if they matched with the exterior, but the red just looks out of place with no reference point.

AS for the bulk of the materials - the dash and doors are hardy and rugged, and the construction is built to last rather than feel extremely comfortable. Hard-wearing floors and drain points also point to the rugged utility of the Wrangler, and we wouldn't have it any other way when the roof and doors come off.

Wrangler Trunk and Cargo Space

The Wrangler has a side-opening door, giving access to 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space. That's pitiful for a car that you'd likely use for extended adventures. As an adventure car for two people, it makes more sense. With the rear seats folded forward, the cargo capacity increases to 31.7 cubic feet, which is ample for any outdoor adventures you might go on. The trunk also has tie-down hooks and underfloor storage space for small, valuable items.

The Wrangler lacks usable storage space in the cabin. The doors have nets rather than door pockets, and there is no space to put a phone. You do get two cupholders up front, as well as a storage bin in the center armrest.

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Wrangler Infotainment and Features

Features

The Wrangler isn't a plush car, but it's also not quite as spartan as previous generations. There's a push-button start, cruise control, a fold-down windshield, and removable doors and roof as standard. The manual air conditioning is unique in the base model. It's operated via manual windows. If you want a cool breeze, you simply lower the window. Want the real deal? That's an extra $1,295.

Further up in the range, you get power windows, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlamps, and heated side mirrors. Luxury items like heated seats, keyless entry, and a heated steering wheel are available as well. Most of the safety features are optional extras, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, park sensors, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning. Prospective Wrangler customers will likely not care about any of the above, but rather the off-road specific options like automatically locking differentials, suspension options, and available tire sizes.

Infotainment

There are three different infotainment screens available for the Wrangler. The more you pay, the bigger the screen gets. The base five-inch infotainment is disappointing, as it only offers music streaming via Bluetooth or a USB port. The bigger seven-inch Uconnect system adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You get this system as standard in the Rubicon, but you can upgrade to the 8.4-inch infotainment option. The latter is standard fitment in the 80th Anniversary model. In addition to all of the above, the 8.4-inch infotainment comes with HD Radio, navigation, and the ability to create a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. An eight-speaker sound system is standard, but a nine-speaker Alpine sound system is available.

Wrangler Problems and Reliability

The Wrangler doesn't have the best reputation for reliability, but it seems things are slowly turning around. In 2021 it scored its highest rating ever: 78 out of 100 points from J.D. Power. It scored well in every category, except for dealership experience where customers gave it a rating of 67 out of 100.

As for recalls, the Wrangler hasn't had the easiest life so far. In 2019 it was recalled six times for problems ranging from a clutch pressure plate that may overheat to a steering wheel that may detach from the steering column. In 2020 there were four recalls. The clutch pressure plate issue continued, but the concerning problem was an improper weld that could have led to the lower control arm separating from the axle. For 2021, only one recall has been issued so far, and it's the clutch pressure plate that may overheat again.

The Wrangler has also received a large number of complaints, mostly with regards to the steering. The complaints from the customers vary, but for the most part, they complain about a dead spot in the steering and excessive wandering when trying to drive in a straight line.

The Wrangler is offered with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Wrangler Safety

Considering its popularity, it's surprising to see that there aren't complete safety reviews of the Jeep Wrangler from either of the major US safety authorities. It achieved four stars for a frontal crash and three stars for a rollover in the NHTSA review. The IIHS has only rated the Wrangler's headlights and optional crash prevention systems, scoring the former disappointing Marginal/Poor results depending on spec and the latter an admirable Superior rating. Here's a tip for you. Before you slap a set of 35-inch tires on there, invest in a set of aftermarket LED headlights.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

With the Wrangler not scoring so well in the safety ratings, we suggest you add as much safety kit as possible. As standard, the Wrangler has ABS, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, a rearview camera, and dual-front and side airbags. The driver assistance features are locked behind a paywall, but they're well worth investing in. Considering the safety ratings, you certainly want blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control to help keep you out of trouble.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Jeep Wrangler a good SUV?

If we had a penny for all the times we've been asked this question, we'd have enough for a Jeep Gladiator and not the standard Wrangler SUV. The Wrangler has a bit of an image problem. It has become a fashion statement, a lifestyle accessory in front of which people pose because they want their Instagram followers to believe that they're adventurous. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on where you stand, Jeep hasn't changed the Wrangler recipe to suit these people. That's what makes the Bronco Sport such an appealing car. You get to own a vehicle that screams adventure but without any of the drawbacks. If you want to buy a Wrangler to make a statement, buy something else. It's noisy, cramped, uncomfortable in the city, and the handling can be tricky. It's almost certainly guaranteed to annoy you, as you can't live with it day-to-day.

But if you want a genuine off-roader, the Wrangler is outstanding. If you're the kind of person who likes to get down and dirty, the Wrangler is a blank canvas to add your unique personality.

For everyone else, stay clear. There are much better on-road biased SUVs out there. But off-road? Few do it this well.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

The price of the Jeep Wrangler 2-door ranges from surprisingly affordable to borderline crazy, with specs. The entry-level Sport has an MSRP of $28,900 and the Willys Sport costs $30,900, while the Sport S has a base price of $32,100. The Islander is next in line with an MSRP of $33,795. The Willys costs $34,895, while the new 80th Anniversary retails for $35,095. The Freedom retails for $35,295, while the top-of-the-line Rubicon has an MSRP of $39,300.These prices exclude Jeep's destination charge of $1,495 and, importantly, it seems Jeep mandatorily includes some options on certain trims, so the base MSRP is a little less than what they'll charge you at the dealership.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot is a no-cost option, but Jeep still charges you $1,500 for the eight-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV Models

There are eight trim levels of the two-door version of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler: Sport, Willys Sport, Sport S, Islander, Willys, 80th Anniversary, Freedom, and Rubicon. All are quipped as standard with a 3.6L V6, six-speed manual gearbox, and 4x4.

The Sport is a basic vehicle equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, manual windows and door locks, skid plates, fog lights, tow hooks, a push-button start, and a fold-down windshield. A basic five-inch infotainment screen boasts Bluetooth and USB connectivity options.

The new Willys Sport adds manual air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Willys hood decal, heavy-duty brakes, 32-inch mud-terrain tires, the shocks from the Rubicon, and a limited-slip differential at the rear.

The Sport S comes with climate control, a seven-inch infotainment system, speed-sensitive locks, heated and power-adjustable side mirrors, and the availability of a bunch of safety features.

The Islander features a White Tiki Bob hood decal, Tiki Bob logos embroidered on the front seats, Surf Blue accent stitching, off-road rock rails, 17-inch alloys with 32-inch tires, and an available White Freedom hard-top.

Willys models without the Sport suffix are based on the Sport S, but get the same upgrades as the Willys Sport. These include 17-inch alloys with 32-inch mud-terrain tires, a black grille and black headlamp inserts, a Willys decal on the hood, as well as on the rear swing gate. On the 4x4 side, it comes with heavy-duty shocks, rock sliders, limited-slip rear differential, and heavy-duty brakes.

The 80th Anniversary model comes with granite exterior accents on the grille surrounds, fog lamps, and badges. It has an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface and the nine-speaker Alpine sound system as standard. Jeep also adds 18-inch alloys with all-terrain tires, body-colored fender flares, and light tungsten interior accents.

The Freedom has a Sport LED lighting package, a steel front bumper, 17-inch alloys with all-terrain tires, black leather seats with cloth inserts, and tungsten stitching. The exterior comes with a military-style star decal and Oscar Mike badges. A premium Black Sunrider soft-top is standard.

The top-spec Rubicon comes with 33-inch all-terrain tires and high-clearance fender flares, electronic disconnect for the front sway bar, an off-road mode, Dana 44 heavy-duty locking front and rear axles, and an available full-time Rock-Trac transfer case.

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Additional Packages

If you intend to use the new Jeep Wrangler on-road most of the time, the Safety Group ($995) and Advanced Safety Group ($795) would be worthwhile investments. The latter adds blind-spot and cross-path detection, LED taillights, and a parking assistant. The cheaper option adds advanced brake assist, automatic high beam control, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control with stop functionality. If you live in a cold-weather state, you might also be interested in the Cold Weather Package, which adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a remote start for $695. The Rubicon can be equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface with navigation, off-road info pages, and the nine-speaker Alpine sound system, to name just a few. It costs an additional $1,895.

🚗What New Jeep Wrangler Model Should I Buy?

Two models are appealing. The first is the base Sport, but with the optional air conditioning included. Why? Because of Wrangler culture. These cars are not kept standard for long, and the base model is essentially a blank canvas to which you can add whatever you want.

The second option we'd look at is the Rubicon. The Wrangler is built for hardcore off-roaders, so it makes sense to get the most hardcore model there is. We'd add all of the optional safety extras, as well as the 8.4-inch infotainment system. The total price of a new Wrangler in this spec, including the destination charge, is $44,140.

So, you can either get the most basic Wrangler with air conditioning for $32,500 or a Rubicon with the nicest infotainment system and all the safety features for $44,140. That's a difference of $11,640, with which you can do a lot to improve a base, Wrangler. We'd still have the Rubicon, however, as we doubt you'd be able to get a Wrangler as capable as the Rubicon, even if you spent more than $11,000 on aftermarket parts.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Comparisons

Toyota 4Runner Toyota
Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Wrangler285 hp17/25 mpg$29,370
Toyota 4Runner 270 hp16/19 mpg$37,305
Jeep Grand Cherokee 293 hp19/26 mpg$37,390

2021 Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota 4Runner

Both these vehicles have a well-deserved reputation for being nearly unstoppable when the going gets tough, with the 4Runner also boasting a rugged body-on-frame design.

The 4Runner is a more versatile vehicle. It has four doors and a lot larger a trunk, but you can also opt for a 4-door Wrangler Unlimited. Toyota's 4Runner is better built and much easier to live with daily, the main problem is its price. The entry-level model is over $36,000, and it's almost as spartan as the entry-level Wrangler. The materials in the 4Runner also aren't up to standard.

The 4.0-liter V6 in the Toyota is even thirstier than the V6 in the Wrangler. It's not more powerful and doesn't add much to the driving experience. The Wrangler has many faults, but the 4Runner is just a bit boring. Between the two, we'd have the Jeep, especially if used for their intended off-road purposes.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

All of the criticisms we level against the Wrangler have to do with its utilitarian nature. It makes no excuses for what it is and what it's made for.

But there is a better balance from within Jeep's ranks. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has an entry-level price of $36,220, and for that, you get the same 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic gearbox. It also comes with 18-inch alloys, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry and go, as well as Jeep's Protech safety package, which includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and a rearview camera.

Sure, it's not as good off-road as the Wrangler, but few things are, and the GC is still what many would call a highly capable off-roader in its own right. The Grand Cherokee offers more space, comfort, better fuel economy, and you can use it as a daily driver, which makes it an appealing proposition. Unless you do severe off-roading regularly or can afford a leisure vehicle in addition to a daily, the Grand Cherokee is the more sensible option.

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