2015 Toyota 4Runner vs Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Xterra (866) 778-3304

One of the few body-on-frame SUVs left, 4Runner provides the strength for off-roading and towing while its premium interior provides comfort and practicality. With its powerful 4.0-liter V6, rugged athleticism and plenty of amenities and technology, 4Runner can keep it wild or keep it civilized. For 2015, 4Runner features standard satellite radio on every trim, and with its new TRD Pro model, is even more off-road capable than ever. Preferred Performance 4Runner is equipped with a standard 4.0L V6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque while still maintaining optimal fuel efficiency with up to 22 highway mpg. Additionally, Limited has the X-REAS Sport Enhancement Suspension, which helps maintain the vehicle's level ride by balancing shock absorber damping pressure.

2015 4Runner Trail 4WD vs. 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara AT

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is most known for its iconic styling, with removable top and impressive off-road capability, and them 2015 Wrangler Unlimited offers plenty of available upscale technology features to boot. But compared to 4Runner, Wrangler Unlimited still has a long way to go. For 2015, 4Runner is athletic and rugged while still offering impressive styling, luxury amenities and technology. The Trail and new TRD Pro models add even more capability off the beaten path.

VALUE: 4Runner comes standard with ToyotaCare, a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24/7 roadside assistance. While Wrangler Unlimited comes with longer roadside assistance, it doesn't offer any standard maintenance plan. Plus, according to IntelliChoice.com's estimated 5-year cost of ownership calculator, 2014 4Runner 4WD models have lower 5-year maintenance and fuel costs than 2014 Wrangler Unlimited models.

SAFETY: 4Runner has eight standard airbags while Wrangler Unlimited has two. That's worth repeating - Wrangler Unlimited standard equipment includes two airbags. Plus, 4Runner 4WD models have standard Downhill Assist Control (DAC), a safety feature only available for Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

PERFORMANCE: Comparing 4WD models, 4Runner not only has better city (17 vs. 16) and highway (21 vs. 20) EPA-mpg estimates than Wrangler Unlimited, 4Runner also has 278 lb.-ft. of torque while Wrangler has 260.

UTILITY: 4Runner is always ready to tow with a standard integrated towing hitch and receiver, a utility feature only available on Wrangler Unlimited. Plus, 4Runner can tow up to 1200 lb. more than Wrangler Unlimited.

CONVENIENCE: 4Runner is equipped with a standard backup camera and rear power liftgate window while Wrangler doesn't offer a backup camera and it only has a rear side-hinged door with a manual window. Plus, 4Runner has a spacious cabin with more total cargo space (89.7 cu. ft. vs. 70.6 cu. ft.) than Wrangler Unlimited.

TECHNOLOGY: 4Runner Trail features standard Entune Audio Plus, which includes eight speakers, 6.1-in. touch-screen, USB port, HD Radio, and much more. While Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has eight standard speakers it doesn't have a standard touch-screen, USB port or HD Radio. Plus, 4Runner Trail offers the available integrated Entune App Suite, a technology feature unmatched by Wrangler Unlimited.

2015 4Runner Limited 4WD vs. 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD

As part of the Jeep family, Grand Cherokee is known for its off-road capability, but with its unibody construction and refined interior it seems to focus more on suburban comfort. However, 4Runner remains one of the last body-on-frame SUVs in the market, making for a legendary off-road experience. And with its rugged yet stylish exterior and standard upscale amenities and technology, 4Runner is great for both the everyday driver and the off-road enthusiast. For 2015, the new TRD Pro model takes that off-road capability to the next level.

VALUE: 4Runner comes standard with ToyotaCare's no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of roadside assistance. Though Grand Cherokee has longer roadside assistance, it doesn't come with any standard maintenance plan. Plus, KBB.com named 4Runner a 2014 Best Resale Value Top 102 winner based off their most recent ownership information while GC is not. 4Runner also has a lower 5-year cost of ownership according to IntelliChoice

OFF-ROAD CAPABILITY: Grand Cherokee Limited models and above have a Quadra-Trac II four-wheel drive system with Selec-Terrain, but thanks to 4Runner's body-on-frame construction and Limited's X-REAS sport enhancement suspension, 4Runner is rugged and sporty. Also, 4Runner has a higher ground clearance with higher approach and departure angles, helping make for a solid off-road experience.

CONVENIENCE: While 4Runner has a tow hitch and receiver standard, Grand Cherokee only has it as an extra cost option. Plus, 4Runner offers more than 20 cu. ft. of cargo space than GC. 4Runner also offers an available third row for seating up to seven passengers while GC doesn't offer a third row.

TECHNOLOGY: 4Runner Limited features standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite, which includes a 6.1-in. touch-screen, 12 speakers, integrated apps and data services and navigation. Grand Cherokee Limited only has standard 5-in. touch-screen, 6 speakers, available navigation and no apps are available on GC Limited.

SAFETY: 4Runner comes with eight standard airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbags while Grand Cherokee has seven. Also, 4Runner Limited features Safety Connect with a 1-year trail period including emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification whereas GC has an enhanced accident response system, which turns on interior lighting, unlocks doors and shuts off fuel when airbags deploy during an event or accident. 




2015 4Runner Limited 4WD vs. 2015 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X

Aside from 4Runner,  the Nissan's Xterra is one of the last few midsize SUVs with body-on-frame construction. With its solid off-road capability, NissanConnect audio system, and spacious cabin, Xterra makes for stiff competition. However, 4Runner makes no sacrifice in comfort, including upscale amenities, new technology, a more refined cabin and better fuel economy ratings. And for 2015, the new TRD Pro model takes off-road capability to the next level.

VALUE: 4Runner comes standard with ToyotaCare's no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of roadside assistance. Plus, 4Runner is a KBB.com 2014 Best Resale Value Top 102 winner while Xterra is not. THe 2015 Toyota 4Runner also received a better value rating from IntelliChoice than Xterra.

PERFORMANCE: While 4Runner and Xterra both feature 4.0L V6 engines and optional 5-speed automatic transmissions, 4Runner has 9 more horsepower than Xterra and offers higher EPA-mpg ratings. And while Xterra lists a 5000-lb. towing capacity, it's not SAE J2807-certified like 4Runner, and it also doesn't include the convenience of a standard tow hitch and receiver.

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE: Inside, 4Runner offers a sliding rear cargo deck and third row of seats for seven-passenger seating with more cargo space than the Nissan Xterra.

TECHNOLOGY: 4Runner comes standard with a 6.1-in. touch-screen, SiriusXM All Access Radio with 3-month complimentary trial, HD Radio and Bluetooth streaming audio. Satellite radio and streaming audio only come standard on S and Pro-4X grades and HD Radio isn't available. Plus, NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps doesn't match the level of functionality of the Entune App Suite, with the ability to order movie tickets or make dinner reservations via the head unit.

SAFETY: 4Runner comes with eight standard airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbags while the Nissan Xterra has six. Also, 4Runner Limited features front and rear parking sonar and Safety Connect with emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification. The 2015 Nissan Xterra doesn't have anything comparable.

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