Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota RAV4
If you’re looking for an adventurous SUV to take you around the Wilsonville, Portland, and Woodburn areas, you may have encountered popular models like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota RAV4. While both are highly capable SUVs, they offer very distinctive flavors.
To help you decide which is better suited to your tastes, the team at Wilsonville CDJR put together this comparison of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4.
Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota RAV4 Engine Specs
When you look under the hood of the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota RAV4, you’ll find many similarities. For example, they both have an available 8-speed automatic transmission that helps to keep your fuel economy high, especially during highway cruising.
They also have an available all-wheel drive (AWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD) system that may improve your grip during winter commutes or off-road excursions. The two SUVs even share a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when equipped with this drivetrain.
The 2019 Wrangler can reach this maximum capacity on all trim levels, while the RAV4 can only do so with one specific trim.
A place where they differ, however, is engine output. They both have a standard I-4 engine. For the RAV4, this is a 2.5L I-4 that generates 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. For the Wrangler, the 2.0L turbo I-4 engine puts out 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
While the Toyota stops here, the Jeep has an additional engine option. If you upgrade to this 3.5L Pentastar® V6 engine, you’ll get a total output of 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Unfortunately, the RAV4 doesn’t make this kind of engine power available.
Exterior and Ground Clearance
When you look at the exteriors of both SUVs, you clearly see a big difference in how they present their strengths. The RAV4, for example, sports a more classic city SUV shape, with its rounded edges and rear spoiler.
The Wrangler takes a different approach. It features what seems like a more rugged exterior with a shape reminiscent of its World War II battlefield roots.
The Jeep Wrangler also takes on off-road challenges with a sense of ease with its 10.8-inch ground clearance.
The Toyota RAV4 only has a ground clearance of 8.6 inches, so it may have to turn back a bit sooner than the Jeep Wrangler when faced with a particularly difficult challenge.
Open-Air Design of the Wrangler and RAV4
As 2-row SUVs, both the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota RAV4 seat five passengers comfortably, with plenty of trunk space behind the second row. If you need to bring along some extra cargo, both models let you fold down the rear seat to open up the following cargo capacities:
- Jeep Wrangler cargo capacity: 72.4 cubic feet
- Toyota RAV4 cargo capacity: 69.3 cubic feet
If you want the interior to feel even more spacious, you can enjoy open-air design elements in either SUV. The Toyota RAV4 lets in plenty of fresh air and sunlight with its Panoramic Glass Roof sunroof feature that spans the entire length of the cabin.
The Jeep Wrangler, on the other hand, gives you three roof options: The Sunrider® Soft Top, the Freedom Top® Modular Hardtop and the Sky One-Touch™ Power Top. These give you three different ways to enjoy the outdoors.
The Sunrider® Soft Top can be removed completely to leave nothing between you and the open sky. Plus, the Wrangler lets you fold down the windshield and remove the doors to get even closer to nature.
The RAV4 doesn’t give you similar options for opening up the interior.
Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota RAV4: Our Winner
After comparing the Jeep Wrangler vs Toyota RAV4, the team at Wilsonville CDJR found that the Wrangler has more to offer adventurous types in the Portland, Wilsonville, and Woodburn areas.
To learn more, contact us and we’ll get you behind the wheel. Schedule your test drive of the Jeep Wrangler today!