Wrangler vs. Defender vs. 4Runner vs. Bronco? In this podcast, we cover them all.
It’s the Wrangler vs. Defender vs. 4Runner vs. Bronco – and we’re going over the details to see which one is the right fit for you. 2021 is going to be a great year for serious off-road enthusiasts. Major updates, all-new vehicles and old-school 4x4s are going to battle it out for your dollar. Each one brings something unique to the table, and each one is remarkably capable off-road.
If you look at the Wrangler vs. Defender vs. 4Runner vs. Bronco, you’ll find that no two are alike, especially in terms of variety. Some, like the Toyota 4Runner, keep things simple with one powertrain setup. Others, like the Jeep Wrangler, will be giving you up to three gas engine choices, one diesel, and a PHEV (plug-in hybrid) option.
Here’s how they compare:
2021 Toyota 4Runner –
Still running with an ancient, 270 horsepower 4.0-liter V6, it makes 278 lbs-feet of torque. The only transmission option is a five-speed automatic. With the right package, you can get a locking rear differential.
2021 Land Rover Defender –
This is a brand-new model. Sure, it resembles the original Defender, but it’s completely different in every way. Two wheelbases are offered. The Defender 90 is a three-door and the 110 is a five-door. The base model has a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 296 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged six-cylinder comes with a 48=volt mild hybrid system. It makes 395 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque. Both powertrains are hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can get a locking rear and center differential and third-row seats are optional on the 110 models.
2021 Ford Bronco –
Two engine and transmission choices – sort of. The base model comes with a turbocharged 270 HP 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 310 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard on the three-door. You can get the 2.3-liter with a 10-speed automatic transmission on the five-door. The twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 makes 310 HP and 410 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is only available with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front and rear locking differentials are also available.
2021 Jeep Wrangler –
Even though the Wrangler is one of the elder statesmen on this list, it has a new bag of tricks. The base engine is a V6. The turbo four-cylinder makes 270 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque, but you can only get it with the eight-speed automatic. A 470 HP 6.4-liter V8 that makes 470 lb-ft of torque is slated to debut next year. You can also get a 260 HP diesel that makes 442 pound-feet of torque. The diesel comes with an eight-speed automatic. Recently, Jeep announced a 375 HP, 470 lb-ft of torque plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version. That model is only available in the five-door with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
There are a ton of choices out there. Tommy and Roman are on hand to help you navigate all of these choices and more!