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7 Capable Off-Roading Toyota Cars That Look Like Jeeps

Toyota Cars That Look Like Jeeps

Jeeps are designed first and foremost to be rugged, all-terrain vehicles.

Jeep Wagoneer

The all-new Wagoneer, for instance, restyled with upgraded technology is a full-sized off roader with palatial cabin dimensions. While it might not fit on all trails, you get three all-wheel-drive systems to take on whatever comes your way.

With a retro exterior styling paying homage to the rugged Jeep of World War II, trail-conquering capability and the ability to offer a convertible experience. Nothing says freedom quite like a Wrangler (also in the four-door Unlimited variant).

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

But if you’re looking for off-road refinement, the Grand Cherokee also offers off-roading capability with more luxury appointments and features. And what about those rugged good looks?

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee

Less compelling, but still a Jeep, is the latest Cherokee. Built to cater to the CUV market, it gets by with Jeep’s off-road pedigree and the ability to offer a composed ride off the trail.

Jeep Compass

Then there’s the Compass which is a good-looking compact crossover that can be outfitted to excel in off-roading conditions – The Trailhawk trim is the one you want for doing just that.

Still less compelling but even more affordable is the Jeep Renegade which surprisingly offers legitimate Trailhawk off roading capabilities. This is the company’s entry point to the Jeep lifestyle.

Jeep Renegade

No doubt the popularity of this brand has reached fever pitch to the point where the name Jeep is synonymous with off roading.

But what if you don’t want a Jeep?

What if you want something *gulp* more reliable?

Toyota builds some of the most popular and well-known SUVs in the automotive industry.

In fact, the company has been building rugged off-road vehicles since 1935. Compare that with Jeep which didn’t exist until 1940.

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Jeeps are fantastic off-roaders. But if you’ve experienced them, you find out fairly quickly that they’re one-trick ponies.

So, if you’re looking for a vehicle that offers more value; better fuel economy; and better ride comfort.

A vehicle you can use off the beaten path on Saturday and commute to work with comfortably on Monday.

And offers a suite of Toyota’s Safety Sense driver assistance features. Pull up a chair, and let’s take a look at the latest Toyota cars that look like Jeeps.

1. 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

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Capable of some serious off-roading, the Toyota 4Runner was the pioneer of the SUV craze.

Hard to believe but this 5th generation actually came to market way back in 2010.

After the fourth gen, it was Toyota’s attempt to go back to a truck aimed at the outdoorsy buyer.

The latest 4Runner is comparable to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

If you’re looking for a simple truck without a tone of tech, the 4Runner is the way to go. It also has more space and its more affordable than the new Grand Cherokee.

2. Land Cruise

Toyota Land Cruiser

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With proven off-road capabilities and a strong V8 powertrain, the Land Cruiser also comes with standard luxury features.

In fact, the latest Land Cruisers seem more poised for luxury than adventuring.

But don’t let those laid-back qualities fool you into thinking this isn’t a legitimate off roading vehicle.

As such it compares favorably to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Land Cruiser is longer to accommodate third row seating.

The wheels are one inch bigger than the Wrangler Unlimited.

And the Cruiser offers double wishbone front suspension and independent rears suspension for a more comfortable ride.

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3. RAV4

Toyota RAV4

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With a more square-jawed rugged appearance than the original RAV4 that helped kick off the crossover market.

The latest RAV4 isn’t the best at anything. But it’s still a more compelling CUV than the latest Jeep Cherokee.

And you get luxury features even at the base model.

In fact, the base Toyota engine is stronger than the Jeep’s. Yet somehow (likely to no one’s surprise) the Toyota manages better fuel economy.

The RAV4 even offers more standard safety features than the Cherokee. While the Jeep is good, the Toyota is better.

4. Highlander

Toyota Highlander

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Handsomely styled and well-equipped, even at the base level.

The Toyota Highlander competes most comfortably with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

First introduced in 2000, the first generation Highlander was akin to the RAV4 in that it rode on a Camry platform, promising a car-like ride and handling.

This restyled version is a mid-size SUV with plenty of room for the family. It comes with third row seats and plenty of cargo space.

The Highlander delivers a smooth ride and quiet cabin. But based on exterior looks alone, we’d have to go with the Grand Cherokee.

5. C-HR

Toyota CH-R

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There’s no argument that the Toyota C-HR is a great looking CUV. All trim levels come with the same slow four-cylinder engine and CVT.

All-wheel drive isn’t an option. And the cabin is snug sharing similar dimensions with the Jeep Renegade.

Although the starting prices are similar, you can pick up a C-HR for slightly less than a Jeep Renegade.

You also get bigger 18-inch wheels compared to the Renegades 16-inchers.

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And in spite of the design, the CH-R offers more cargo room for your stuff when you have passengers than the Renegade.

6. Corolla Cross

Toyota Corolla Cross

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It’s exactly what you think it is.

Like the name suggests, this is a CUV version of the Toyota Corolla. It straddles between the smaller C-HR and the bigger RAV4 in Toyota’s lineup.

Interior aesthetics is identical to the Corolla with more room in back for both passengers and cargo. And it includes a standard all-wheel drive system.

Comparing it to the Jeep Compass, you can get the Corolla Cross for nearly $4000 less.

Although reviewers criticize its Corolla like performance, they prefer the Corolla Cross’ driving dynamics to that of the Compass.

And you get more features standard too.

7. Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia

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The Toyota Sequoia has always been a full-size SUV with third-row seating.

Based on the Tundra pickup platform, which it shares with Land Cruiser. It has the same hybrid V6 engine making 435 horsepower.

This latest gen Sequoia replaces the second gen which like the 4Runner has been around for over a decade.

The Sequoia compares eloquently with the recently reintroduced Jeep Wagoneer.

These are two big SUVs.

Get this, you can buy a Sequoia for an eye popping $11,000 less than a comparable Wagoneer.

Although the Wagoneer comes with a 5.7-liter V8, it only makes 392 horses compared to the Sequoia’s 435 HP.

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Caranddriver.com; Motortrend.com; Toyota-global.com; Jeep.com; Autoeveolution.com; Newcartestdrive.com; Road and track.com