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The Bronco seems to be growing on the TFL crew.....
 

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Will you still want to own the Bronco when it’s 5 years old?
 

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The V8 4runners were amazingly built vehicles. Not sure what they're testing but have seen some comparisons of the V8 vs newer v6 TRD and I'd buy an 07 in a heartbeat. The new stuff (from every manufacturer) is just too expensive to repair and not worth the relability gamble imo. Those smaller engines will on average be turning higher rpms all the time in such weighted vehicles. Fuel economy be damned I don't want to replace my car every 5 years.
 

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As with anything else, pick which one best suits your wants/needs (and wallet) and go from there. They’re both capable vehicles that do things a little differently, and the same can be said of Wrangler.

But this is coming from an “off-road fetishist” as someone said in another thread, so I guess my opinion doesn’t count much.
 

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I watched it. I honestly think the test was more about them bantering back and forth than a real test of capabilities.
I've seen a stock Bronco do some pretty impressive things in other videos. I've never looked for any 4runner videos to see what they are capable of stock.
 

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I watched it. I honestly think the test was more about them bantering back and forth than a real test of capabilities.
I've seen a stock Bronco do some pretty impressive things in other videos. I've never looked for any 4runner videos to see what they are capable of stock.
All the testing TFL does is not at a level of most serious off-roaders but aimed at the average... but I'm with you on the bantering part.. I fast forward to parts of interest. TFL does have some good test, mostly towing but the small things about each test even though not extreme in any way does indicate the differences between brands and how they relate to consumers.
 

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The 4Runner did great. The lack of a front locker was a minor problem. Not being a convertible changes the experience. But the 4Runner would be the best for a daily driver.

The Bronco went everywhere with the same ease as a Wrangler.

These are popular trails in Colorado and apply to most people the same way that Moab is popular.
 

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The 4Runner did great. The lack of a front locker was a minor problem. Not being a convertible changes the experience. But the 4Runner would be the best for a daily driver.

The Bronco went everywhere with the same ease as a Wrangler.

These are popular trails in Colorado and apply to most people the same way that Moab is popular.
Yeah, the Forerunner did well. Older doesn’t necessarily mean that something can’t perform as well…true for humans too. Lol. I don‘t know if I’d ever choose a Toyota, but it’s nice to have options at least.
 

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Yeah, the Forerunner did well. Older doesn’t necessarily mean that something can’t perform as well…true for humans too. Lol. I don‘t know if I’d ever choose a Toyota, but it’s nice to have options at least.
On many obstacles, the TJ 2 door can outperform a JK or JL 2-door simply due to its lighter weight and smaller size.
 
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From what I saw, they liked both and for $11,000 less stock to stock the 4Runner did everything the Bronco did. The Bronco did handle the offroad with less fuss but on the road the 4Runner got slightly better fuel mileage and rode better.

Comes down to priorities I guess. I know I will be keeping my 4Runner as it suits me better than either the Wrangler or Bronco.
 

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Thanks. That would also make the 4Runner better value than the Wrangler, I take it.
The 4Runner is not a convertible. For some, that makes the two non-competitors.

Again, it all comes down to personal use and priorities.
 

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The 4Runner is not a convertible. For some, that makes the two non-competitors.

Again, it all comes down to personal use and priorities.
Anymore, a moonroof serves almost as well as a removable top for me, considering how often I'd probably take off the top. My daughter (will be 7 in November) keeps asking me for a car we can "take down the top", so there's that. :)
 
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Our Wrangler's top is down every chance I get. When the Hard Top is on the Freedom Panels are off every chance I get. Neither task is especially onerous. Yes, it does take a bit longer than pushing the button in the Compass but not overly.
 
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