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2021 Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota Tacoma

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When you’re on the search for a powerful and competent vehicle for your travels all around the Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, TX, area, you’re probably looking for something with advanced performance features for towing and off-roading adventure.

Two models you may be considering are the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota Tacoma, but ultimately, which one will be the right choice for you?

Here at Rockwall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR), we’re ready to help you every step of the way through your car-buying journey, and we know that starts right here with the research process.

To make it as simple as possible for our drivers, we’ve compiled this handy breakdown of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. the 2021 Toyota Tacoma. Now, let’s see how these two stack up against one another!


Performance Feature and Engine Specs

Performance Feature and Engine Specs

To get started, we’ll head right under the hood and take a look at what powers both these vehicles—the engine. With the 2021 Wrangler, you’re going to get four different engine options to choose from:

  • 2.0L Turbo Engine with ESS: 270 horsepower / 295 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel Engine: 260 horsepower / 442 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine with or without eTorque: 285 horsepower/260 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine with ESS: 285 horsepower/260 lb-ft of torque

Over in the Toyota Tacoma, you’re only going to have two different engine options to choose from, and they’re not nearly as powerful as the ones offered in the Wrangler. Their standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine only puts out 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.


MPG Ratings & Fuel Efficiency

You’re going to want a powerful vehicle that doesn’t compromise when it comes to MPG ratings.

Luckily, with the Jeep Wrangler, you’re not going to have to worry about constantly stopping to fuel up. You’re going to get an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG rating with the available 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. With the 2.0L engine, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 21 city/24 highway MPG, and the 3.6L Pentastar® engine with eTorque offers an EPA-estimated 19 city/ 24 highway MPG.

On the other hand, the Tacoma once again falls short, earning an EPA-estimated 18 city/22 highway MPG with its standard 2.7L engine.


Off-Roading Capability

Off-Roading Capability & Traction Control

The 2021 Wrangler doesn’t just offer one available 4×4 all-wheel-drive system; it offers three.

  • Full-Time Selec-Trac® 4×4 System: This system automatically toggles between 2-wheel drive on clear roads and 4-wheel drive when you need it.
  • Command-Trac® 4×4 system: This is ideal for low-range rock crawling and flat towing.
  • Rock-Trac® 4×4 System: This system is ready to be your partner during all your adventures—on and off the road. When slippage occurs, the system switches to a 4-wheel drive from a two-wheel drive.

The Tacoma only offers one available all-wheel-drive system.


The Verdict: 2021 Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota Tacoma

While both these vehicles may be decent choices for your commutes around the Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, Texas, areas, it’s clear that the Jeep Wrangler outperforms the Toyota Tacoma in crucial categories like performance, powertrain, and fuel efficiency.

Here at Rockwall CDJR, we’re dedicated to providing our drivers with a fun and informative car-buying experience. For more information or to schedule your 2021 Jeep Wrangler test drive, give us a call or drop by today!

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