• This One Is Close! Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Video (Ep. 5 of 7)


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    Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    The race between the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro was much closer than we anticipated. The ultimate off-road version of the Rubicon (aka. Recon edition) is powered by the same 3.6L Pentastar V6 that has been in the Jeep for several years. The Jeep’s V6 rating is 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The JK Wrangler we are testing here is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

    The Tacoma TRD Pro is powered by the same 3.5L V6 that is available on other Tacomas. The engine is equipped with dual-injection system for a combination of power and efficiency. The engine is rated at 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, this example is backed up by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

    Please stay tuned for the final (7th) episode in this series, which will have the table of all of the 0-60 MPH times we recorded for all of the trucks that participated.

    Here are the other matchups:

    Episode 1: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

    Episode 2: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ram Power Wagon.

    Episode 3: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

    Episode 4: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ford SVT Raptor.

    How do these two stack up against each other? Check out this Episode 5 of 7.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    12 thoughts on “This One Is Close! Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Video (Ep. 5 of 7)

    1. Actually, I did expect the Taco to win this one.

      The engines are close and weights are close, but the 6-speed auto in the Taco may give more high-end oomph at greater than 40 MPH. And there is still the aero-drag penalty that really takes its toll for the Wrangler over about 50 MPH.

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      1. Since these truck drag races are boring…

        Here’s more evidence our trucks are junk. With minor changes all our half tons could get 30 to 40 mpg.

        The regular Hyudai Ioniq gets 58 mpg.
        But a few changes and it gets 80 mpg!

        “The SEMA-bound concept features a Bisimoto Dream Aero kit with a special front splitter, TA wing, side splitters, and rear wheel covers. Along with a Bisimoto pulse-chamber exhaust system, the model also gets enhanced e-generators, optimized inertial supercharging during valvetrain overlap, and a Progress Performance coilover suspension that reduces ground clearance. Also look for low-rolling resistance tires on Carbon Revolution 19-inch carbon fiber wheels, Buddy Club aluminum brake calipers, and NGK spark plugs.”

        1. If they are so boring why are you one of the 1st to watch it and comment about it???

          I disagree completely – as I feel they are really fun to watch and fill up dead time!👍

    2. Interesting. Like to see it

      But if differences in 0 to 60 mph as small as this are used to determine the gold hitch awards. I would be disappointed.

      If rated, 0 to 60 should be rated exceptional, acceptable and unacceptable.

      Something like the hellfire would be exceptional.
      Very slow to the point of being unsafe, would be unacceptable.

      Everything else would be acceptable and receive same points toward gold hitch awards.

      Again my reasoning is simple.
      California max speed while towing is only 55mph. And except for an occasional run about to test drive. I am always towing.

      There isn’t ever really a need for 0 to 60 mph. When not towing speed limits are in the 70 to 80 mph range on interstates. So 45mph to 70 mph would be a better merging indicator.

      I can’t think of a good reason for making 0mph to 60mph a important test. I guess left or right hand turns onto a 1 lane each direction road. But even a great many of those have a center merging lane.

      Try 35mph to 70mph.

    3. I like the drag races.They’re having fun doing it,and I’m having fun watching them.If some of you don’t like it,why in hell would you watch it?

      Hey TFL,love the drag races,keep doing it.I don’t care what you race either.As long as it’s a bof,(which too me IS a truck),race it,I would,lol.

    4. Here again the transmission might have made the difference here. It would be nice if tfl would post rear end gear ratio.

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