2020 Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Toyota 4Runner

Nowadays SUVs rule the automotive sector, but not all models are designed to take you anywhere you want. Drivers wanting to get beyond the pavement will need to do a little research before finding a true all-terrain car. Some of the most popular off-road SUVs in the market are the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner. The two models can be driven in natural terrains such as rocky or sandy paths, riverbeds and muddy trails.

Both the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and the 2020 Toyota 4Runner incorporate powertrains that feed all four wheels, high suspensions to clear obstacles and underbody plates to protect the mechanical system when drivers are rock crawling. But there’s one of them that can get adventurous drivers a bit more of everything for a lower price. This research page will show you which vehicle is more convenient to go off the beaten path.

2020 Jeep Wrangler


2020 Toyota 4Runner


Starting MSRP


3.6L 6-cylinder, 285 horsepower

Base Engine

4.0L 6-cylinder, 270 horsepower

17 / 25 / 20 mpg

Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined)

16 / 19 / 17 mpg


Full-time 4WD

Eight-speed automatic Available transmission Five-speed automatic


Available Features and Performance Specs

Just by looking at the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, the 2020 Wrangler stands out for being a more affordable option. By choosing this model over the 2020 4Runner, buyers can save up to eight thousand dollars. With the Wrangler you will also save more money on gas fill-ups, since it holds an EPA-estimated average fuel economy of 20 mpg, while the 4Runner only offers 17 mpg.

Under the hood of most Wranglers, you will find a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 285 horsepower, whereas the 4Runner only offers 270 horsepower. Although the basic trim’s engine in the Toyota 4Runner delivers more torque, the set of available powertrains in the Jeep Wrangler is more refined and advanced.

Four-wheel drive is essential to provide maximum traction and stability on all kinds of roads. In this case, both models include this drivetrain but only the Wrangler offers full-time four-wheel drive as a standard feature. In the case of the 4Runner, drivers need to pay extra. 

One of these two models offers more transmission options than the other. In the Wrangler, all trims come with a standard manual transmission for better acceleration and fuel economy, while the 4Runner doesn’t provide this option. An eight-speed automatic is also available on the Jeep Wrangler, while only a five-speed automatic is available for the 4Runner.