2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vs Toyota Tacoma

When Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens drivers want a little escape from city life, they can always head out to the boonies for some off-road adventure. But to do so, they're going to need a versatile vehicle that can handle all types of terrain.

Both the�2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited�and the 2017 Toyota Tacoma are capable vehicles with a lot of great features, but which is the best choice for a bit of exploring? In this comparison, our team at Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram (JCDR) is going to show you.

Heavy-Duty Specs

To manage those tricky off-road excursions, your vehicle needs to be equipped with a powerful engine. Underneath the hood of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, drivers will find a 3.6L V6 variable valve timing engine that can generate 285 horsepower.

To complement this engine, a Command-Trac�shift-on-the-fly part-time all-wheel drive (AWD) system has also been added. The superior responsiveness of this system allows drivers to make sudden shifts on more dangerous road surfaces.

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma attempts to match these features. Its 3.5L engine is also a V6, but is only capable of producing 278 horsepower. Additionally, its part-time 4-wheel drive system lacks shift-on-the-fly technology, leaving the drivetrain more sluggish than the competition.

Towing & Off-Road

With such a tough engine, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can tow up to 3,500 pounds - a feat the Tacoma shares. However, from here, they really begin to diverge in their off-road capabilities.

To put it simply, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was�made for off-road navigation. Its framework includes heavy-duty front and rear axles and stabilizer bars. Fuel tank and transfer case skid plates have also been added to protect the powertrain from rocks and other debris. No matter what, you'll have protection and stability.

The Toyota Tacoma offers little off-road capabilities beyond its formidable towing capacity. The truck is likely to have a hard time crawling over rocky roads and may in fact incur some damage while doing so. And its lack of matching stabilizers will leave drivers with far less control.

Interior Versatility

One of the small drawbacks of off-road driving is that it can really dirty up your car's exterior and the interior, too. However, the Wrangler Unlimited compensates for this by adding a convenient wash-out interior and all-weather floor mats. This way, your fun won't ruin your vehicle.

However, the Wrangler Unlimited isn't merely a utilitarian vehicle. It offers passengers plenty of creature comforts, including a comprehensive entertainment system. This includes the available Uconnect�voice command with Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and full mobile device connectivity.

With the exception of its smaller audio system, the Tacoma can almost match the Wrangler Unlimited in entertainment. However, it falls short in its functionality. Unlike the competitor, its interior isn't all-weather or off-roading friendly.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma Review

If you're looking to recharge your batteries, heading out to the city every now and then is a great idea. You can leave the highway behind, head off-road, and breathe in the fresh air. When you do, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be your perfect companion. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma, on the other hand, isn't quite as fitting.

Any Manhattan, Bronx, or Queens drivers who would like to experience the difference for themselves can contact our team at Manhattan JCDR.�Schedule your test drive�today.

 

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