2020 Lexus GX460 vs. 2020 Jeep Wrangler

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GX460 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The GX460’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Wrangler doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GX460 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jeep Wrangler has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The GX460 has standard front and rear seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer rear-seat side-impact airbags, only ones for front seat occupants.

The GX460 has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The GX460 has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The GX460’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The GX460 Luxury offers an optional Panoramic View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Wrangler only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The GX460’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GX460 and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

The Lexus GX460 weighs 652 to 1279 pounds more than the Jeep Wrangler. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The GX460 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Wrangler’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GX460 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Wrangler. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Wrangler ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The GX460’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Wrangler’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GX460’s reliability 40 points higher than the Wrangler.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8 produces 31 more horsepower (301 vs. 270) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (329 vs. 295) than the Wrangler’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8 produces 16 more horsepower (301 vs. 285) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (329 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lexus GX460 is faster than the Jeep Wrangler turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

GX460

Wrangler

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.2 sec

15.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.8 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

82.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GX460 has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2-door’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The GX460 has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 4-door’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 21.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The Lexus GX460 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Wrangler.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GX460’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Wrangler:

GX460

Wrangler

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.9 inches

The GX460’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Wrangler are solid, not vented.

The GX460 stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

GX460

Wrangler

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GX460 has larger tires than the Wrangler (265/60R18 vs. 245/75R17).

The GX460’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The GX460’s tires are lower profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GX460 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Wrangler Sport.

The Lexus GX460’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Wrangler only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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The Lexus GX460’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the GX460’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

The GX460 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Wrangler’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The GX460 Luxury has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GX460’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the GX460 has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

The GX460 handles at .73 G’s, while the Wrangler Sahara 4-door pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GX460 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door (28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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For excellent aerodynamics, the GX460 has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The GX460 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Wrangler can only carry up to 5.

The GX460 has 26 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Wrangler (129.7 vs. 103.7).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GX460’s middle row seats recline, and the GX460 Luxury’s third row seats also recline. The Wrangler’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the GX460 is 3.3 inches lower than the Wrangler 4-door (21.7” vs. 25”). The GX460’s rear step up height is 3.8 inches lower than the Wrangler 4-door’s (22” vs. 25.8”).

Cargo Capacity

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The GX460’s cargo area is larger than the Wrangler’s in every dimension:

GX460

Wrangler

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

9.8”/39”/75”

n.a./37”/65.8”

Max Width

54.6”

42”

Min Width

43.4”

39.5”

Height

35.5”

30”

The GX460’s available folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2-door’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Payload and Towing

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The GX460’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Wrangler’s (6500 vs. 2000 pounds).

The GX460 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Wrangler (1295 vs. 1233 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The GX460 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Wrangler uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 78% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the GX460, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The GX460’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The GX460’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The GX460’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.

The GX460’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left open on the GX460 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Wrangler can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GX460’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The GX460 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The GX460 Luxury/Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Wrangler’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The GX460 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Wrangler doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The GX460 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the GX460 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GX460 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The GX460 has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler Sport doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The GX460’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep only offers heated mirrors on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

When the GX460 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Wrangler’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The GX460 Luxury has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Wrangler offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the GX460 and the Wrangler offer available heated front seats. The GX460 Premium/Luxury also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Wrangler.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the GX460 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Wrangler doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The GX460 has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the Wrangler.

Both the GX460 and the Wrangler offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the GX460 offers optional rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GX460 is less expensive to operate than the Wrangler because typical repairs cost less on the GX460 than the Wrangler, including $76 less for front brake pads and $19 less for front struts.

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