This thing costs how much?”
That’s a phrase I said to myself a few times, before it actually started to make some sense. You see, just a week prior, I had my hands on the new JL Jeep Wrangler. It was a Sport 2-door and yet it stickered for $38k as equipped. This 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is $45k, and it has way more space, two more doors, and can go anywhere that the Jeep can go. The price point begins to become even more clear when you compare it to the JL Unlimited Rubicon, which is easily a $50k Jeep these days. So for a bit less than the top-spec Wrangler, you get a wildly capable 4Runner that has more room inside and can do nearly as much off the pavement.
Still, the 4Runner is dated. There’s a five-speed automatic connected to the 278-horsepower V6 and the center stack looks like it was designed by pre-school children.
But the damn thing looks pretty sharp in that blue paint with the black wheels, no?