Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota Tacoma
Jeep Wrangler
Toyota Tacoma
At a Glance: Wrangler vs. Tacoma

Have you been searching for an off-road vehicle that’s designed to help you explore Lexington, Richmond, and Georgetown, KY? If so, the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota Tacoma are probably already on your radar. The question is: Which model is the better fit for you?

Our team at Freedom CDJR of Lexington has crafted this 2023 Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota Tacoma comparison to help you find out. Let’s ride!



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An All-Terrain Showdown: See the Difference
Select a category below to learn more about how the Jeep Wrangler compares to the Toyota Tacoma.
Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota Tacoma are both perfectly capable on the asphalt. They really thrive, however, once you head off the beaten path. If your destination is way off the map or your campsite is at the end of a rough trail, the Wrangler and the Tacoma can take you there.

Exploring With 4x4

The Jeep Wrangler is right at home off-road. It comes standard with a 4-wheel drive system, so you’ll always be ready for an adventure. The Toyota Tacoma, on the other hand, comes standard with 2-wheel drive and only offers 4-wheel drive with an upgrade.

You’ll even have your choice of three different 4x4 systems with the Jeep Wrangler. They include:

  • 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 your most daring adventures. It has a 4:1 low-gear ratio that provides more low-end torque so you can bowl over the greatest obstacles.

The Tacoma is only available with one part-time 4-wheel drive system.

Lock In Capability

When you’re tackling the unruliest surfaces such as deep mud, sand, or snow, locking differentials keep your wheels spinning with equal torque so you can dig yourself out of sticky situations. The Tacoma is only available with an electronically locking rear differential, while the Jeep Wrangler offers Tru-Lok® Electronic Locking Differentials in both the front and the rear.

Jeep Wrangler

Off-road aptitude is only part of the equation. Your next all-terrain vehicle also needs to have plenty of power to tear up your favorite trails and tow your favorite toys. How do the Wrangler and the Tacoma match up? Let’s find out!

Powering Up Your Adventures

You’ll get the power of choice with either model. Both models offer several engines, so you can decide which combination of power and efficiency is right for you. The 2023 Wrangler is available with the following powertrains:

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine: 285 horsepower/260 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L Turbo: 270 horsepower /295 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel: 260 horsepower/442 lb-ft of torque
  • PHEV with 2.0L I4 Turbo: 375 horsepower/470 lb-ft of torque

Over in the Toyota Tacoma, you’ll have three engines to choose from. Plus, its most powerful option is only capable of 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. You’ll also only have diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrain options with the Wrangler.

Roar With the Rubicon 392

The last engine available with the Jeep Wrangler is a 6.4L HEMI® V8. It only comes with the Rubicon 392. It generates 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to match. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in a trail-ripping 4.5 seconds.

Jeep Wrangler

Both the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota Tacoma come with the aggressive looks you want out of a rugged off-road vehicle. You’ll quickly find, however, that the Wrangler gives you more ways to experience the great outdoors and off-road geometry built to go anywhere.

Closer to Nature

If you want to get a little closer to nature out on the trails, the Toyota Tacoma has a power moonroof that’s perfect for letting in more light and some fresh air. The Wrangler, however, takes things to a whole other level.

The Wrangler is available with removable doors and a removable roof as well as a fold-down windshield. Getting closer to nature is fine. In a Wrangler, however, you’ll be able to become one with it!

Get Xtreme

Do you prefer to explore the farthest reaches of the wilderness? If so, only the 2023 Jeep Wrangler is available with the Xtreme Recon Package. It includes huge, 35-inch tires as well as an approach angle of 47.4 degrees. The similarly designed Tacoma TRD Pro only comes with 30.6-inch tires and an approach angle of 36.4 degrees.

Ride Out With the Jeep Wrangler!
Jeep Wrangler

Now that you know just how capable these two off-roaders are, it’s time to decide which one is the right choice for you. If you’re looking for superior versatility, power, and 4x4 ability, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler is the clear choice.

When you’re ready to experience this SUV firsthand, schedule a test drive at Freedom CDJR of Lexington and hit the streets and back roads of Lexington, Richmond, and Georgetown, KY!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Wrangler for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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