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2012 Tacoma vs 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SLOJAM, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Nov 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
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    elfgixxer

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    What year were the Jeeps and Mini vans with the blown heads? Were the engines the 3.6L or something else?
     
  2. Feb 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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    I have a 2003 Rubicon that I purchased new $38 000 for two tops, air condition (I've never used). I've read this thread twice because I'm considering buying the 2013 Regular cab (wish it was a regular cab with the 6 cylinder). I prefer a short wheel base vehicle for my work. My bro-in-law has his 2009 for sale right now because the 3.8 motor was just too much of a dog...slow and poor on fuel. If I was ever going to buy another jeep it would be an old 4 cylinder with a stick, put some lockers in it and just have fun, you don't need tons of power for wheeling.

    Pro's of owning a Rubicon

    Fun weekend vehicle, good for snow plowing, towing small trailer, fairly easy to work on.

    Cons

    Poor fuel economy
    lots of u-joints
    engine leaks (don't know what the Pentastar will be after 10 years)
    not a comfortable ride
    Will not take my family in it on the highway
    Auto tranny is medium duty
     
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  3. Apr 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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    Can you let me know if you're having any issues with the wrangler. I'm looking to get the new 2013 sahara, but am also considering the 2013 TRD OR. I don't have a commute, about 3 miles to work, we do the occasional camping/off-roading, live next to some canyons and enjoy driving around there. I hate mechanical issues though and am a little weary on buying the jeep because of the bad rap.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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    Sold my 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon this past weekend (along with my 2005 Tacoma 4x4 DC TRD), and purchased a 2013 MGM AC TRD Off Road Tacoma today...after driving the Tacoma, I would never consider a Jeep Wrangler over it again. I thought I might, but there is no way a Jeep Wrangler, Rubicon or otherwise, would ever tempt me again...

    I had a 2007 Wrangler Rubicon bought new back in 2006; there is no comparison to the Tacoma I just picked up.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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    I've had a 2010 4 dr tacoma trd and a 2010 2 dr wrangler. With a light foot mpg is almost equal between the 2. Ride with bilsteins is not much smoother; I'd say better on the tacoma due to wheelbase. With newer stronger more efficient jeep motor I'd guess wrangler might might have .5-1mpg advantage. I don't have either any longer. However with newer interior, newer motor, and quieter engine and quieter premium soft top I, shopping for the 2013 wrangler unlimited.

    Also, I know experienced vary. But I never had problems with my jeep but had several,with my taco.

    Do yourselves a favor and drive both. I believe wrangler is more reliable than the rest of the crap Chrysler lineup...
     
  6. Jul 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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    NCTaco09

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    I've had a 89 Toyo Pickup, then a 2000 Wrangler Sahara, and now a 09 Taco.

    Off-road, the Wrangler wins hands down when both are stock. With a shorter wheelbase, it's much more nimble down trails.

    On road, the Taco is much more comfortable with moderate off-road capability.

    The upside to a Taco, is that it's a truck and you can haul "stuff" in the bed, which is why I sold my Wrangler. I like to hunt, and putting a deer in a Wrangler in tubs on the back seat was not much fun.

    Below are two vids of both wheeling in the same area climbing the same mounds for comparison.

    I admit, I miss my Wrangler.....a lot. It was just a "fun" vehicle. But practically speaking, a truck made more sense to me. Plus a Wrangler on snowy roads is heart rate raising circumstance. She will try to pull a 180 on you on a regular basis without studded tires, due to the short wheel base.

    Recommend you go to http://www.wranglerforum.com/ to see what issues come up with a 2012.

    Wrangler:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cipuITsa1TA

    Taco:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10DQnrat3nA


    Good luck on your purchase!
     
  7. Jul 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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    Have had 7 jeeps, currently rebuilding a CJ5. We recently traded a 2012 Sahara unltd for my wife's mustang GT/CS if the Jeep would safely tow more than 3500 lbs then I would have kept it, plain and simple. My OR Tacoma will do the job that the Wrangler should be able to do, if only the powers to be at Chrysler would design the wranglers with a higher towing capacity.
     
  8. Jul 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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    That's the way I went got a 2006 TJ Wrangler :)
     
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    I just traded in my Tacoma for a Wrangler and couldn't be happier.
     
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    nice wheeler, out the box, but problem is, Jeep is junk.
     
  11. Aug 9, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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    My wife has a 2015 Jeep Jk unlimited, she made me cheat on my Tacoma over the weekend, not gonna lie, I had more fun driving that thing then my truck, then again her jeep has a 3.6L v6 and my Tacoma is a prerunner double cab 2.7L 4 banger, so driving my truck is a chore. Slooooow.
     
  12. Aug 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM
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    Old thread. 12 vs 12.

    Anyway, I bought my 2015 Tacoma 3 weeks ago. Had narrowed my new vehicle down to 2 door Wrangler or Tacoma.

    The Tacoma won that match running away, considering the trims I was looking at purchasing were almost identical in cost.

    Could not be happier with my choice.
     
  13. Aug 9, 2015 at 1:46 PM
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    Just traded my Wrangler for my now Tacoma. Jeep was hands down better offroading, not that the Taco cant do it, but the Wrangler was DESIGNED for it.

    Taco is easily a better DD, plus I can tow my trailer with no problems.

    Both are very capable at offroading, with Wrangler leading.

    Both are just fine at DD, with Tacoma leading.
     
  14. Aug 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM
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    Sccafire

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    My Tacoma is my DD.

    This is my wheeler:
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  15. Aug 9, 2015 at 6:28 PM
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    image.jpg My daily driver. 07 Tacoma image.jpgAnd my weekend toy 12 rubicon
     
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  16. Nov 1, 2015 at 6:14 AM
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    Old thread and my experience is totally irrelevant.....but, I've owned a 98 Wrangler 2.5L / 3 Speed Auto, 2015 Tacoma 2.7L / 5 Speed. The Wrangler was amazing off-road and fun to drive with the top off, but I don't think I could ever DD one again. The leaky soft top and lack of cargo space sucked when I traveled with the dog or had to take a customer to lunch.

    I was torn between a 2015 Wrangler and a 2015 Tacoma and bought the Tacoma based on my current needs. Sure the I4 Tacoma cost slightly more than a V6 2 Door Wrangler, but it met my list of requirements.
    * Able to haul my sailboat, dog, wife, and a weekends worth of gear to a regatta (A wrangler unlimited would probably do this, but the one we drove felt like a school bus and had blind spots the size of Toledo)
    * Able to haul a sheet of plywood or random building supplies for home improvements
    * I didn't want to feel uneasy about leaving my laptop in the back seat when it's parked at home. (Again, a hard top Wrangler can achieve this goal, but that would have driven the cost well above the Toyota)
     
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