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2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser versus 2014 Jeep Wrangler Burlington

2014 Jeep Wrangler versus 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

This 2014 Jeep Wrangler versus 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser battle is a little bitter sweet. For Jeep, the Wrangler represents over 70 years of success. For Toyota, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser represents a failed vision that never quite got the recognition it deserved and this is apparently the last FJ Cruiser ever.

To keep the fight fair, we put the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Limited up against the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser as it's the closes match. Let's see what happens!

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Limited uses a Pentastar 3.6-liter gasoline V6 that's good for 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser uses a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 260 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Both use a five speed automatic transmission. The Wrangler uses full-time four-wheel drive while the FJ Cruiser has part-time AWD. Gas mileage is much the same.

There is little to choose between the 2014 Jeep Wrangler and 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, but the inclusion of the Pentastar V6 has a smaller displacement for just about the same power. That has to take the win.

Styling

There's something iconic about the styling of the Jeep Wrangler. It's a car that has remained true to the soul of the original Willys Jeep while also keeping up to date and appealing to a modern buyer. There are no fills, no fancy panels or ergonomic design tricks here. It's a solid car built for the wild.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is much the same. With its retro look, it too honors the FJs that came before without alienating new owners. Unfortunately, the appeal and the heritage are nowhere near as strong as that of Jeep.

Interior

Both the 2014 Jeep Wrangler and 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser are surprisingly comfortable inside. The design is utilitarian, but these are vehicles designed to get dirty. That said, the interiors are well designed, offer plenty of space and support you where you need supporting.

The only real differentiator between these two is the center stack. In the Jeep, it looks part of the dashboard as it flows around. In the FJ Cruiser, it looks like a factory part was pulled from a bin to fill a space. It's a small thing, but it makes a big difference.

Performance

On road, both the 2014 Jeep Wrangler and 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser are competent enough. But the road is not where these two shine. Off road is where the action happens and where the Wrangler leaves the FJ Cruise in its dust. Literally.

The balance, power, transmission and short overhangs all help the Wrangler win off road. The FJ is capable enough and if you hadn't driven a Wrangler recently would probably be fine. But head to head, it doesn't stand a chance on the rough stuff.

Therefore, in this 2014 Jeep Wrangler versus 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser battle, the Wrangler has to take the win. It's simply unstoppable!

2014 Jeep Wrangler versus 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review brought to you by Unique Chrysler Burlington (located between Hamilton & Oakville, south of Milton)

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