Dirt Dispute is a new series of opinion polls, asking you to pick which off-roader you would rather park in your driveway. Vote below and feel free to suggest future polls in the comments section.
The Jeep Wrangler JK has no real direct competition on the market right now, but it wasn’t long ago that Toyota was building the FJ Cruiser, the best Wrangler fighter to come around in a long while.
Manufactured from 2006 to 2016, the modern FJ Cruiser continued a legacy of great off-road machines from the Japenese brand, much like the modern Wrangler JK carries the torch for all the Willys and Jeep models that came before it.
So not only are both of these vehicles steeped in history, each packs credible off-road gear and a go-anywhere attitude.
Under the hood, late-model FJs come with a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 260 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of peak torque, while early models came with the same engine making 239 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Approach angle on the FJ is rated at 34 degrees while ground clearance sits at 9.6 inches.
Original Wrangler JK models arrived with a 3.8-liter V6 engine making 202 horsepower and 237 lb-ft, while 2012 and later models use a 3.6-liter V6 making 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Approach angles on the Wrangler JK vary from year-to-year based on bumper and tire size, but the Jeep ranges anywhere from 38 degrees up to 44. Ground clearance also depends on which tires come on the Wrangler, but a modern JK is anywhere from 8.3 to 10 inches off the ground at the differential.
So now you know a little about these off-roaders (though if you’re on off-road.com you probably knew that stuff already).
The question is, which one would you rather park in your driveway? And more importantly, which one would you rather take into a mud pit, sand wash or across the desert? The Wrangler JK or the FJ?
Vote in the poll below to find out how your favorite wheeler fares!