Toyota Cressida: 4 Reasons Why it’s so Awesome

The Toyota Cressida is probably not a car you’d think of when thinking about cool JDM cars. But, the Cressida is one of the best-hidden gems in the automotive world. Although it’s pretty ugly, it’s also very luxurious. The Cressida also lead to the Lexus LS400, which ended up being a pretty huge success. let’s dive into the four reasons why the Cressida is so awesome.

4. Sleeper Looks

In a world of loud cars everywhere, sleepers are becoming increasingly common. What happens when you want to fly under the radar? Well, you need a car that is A. ugly, and B. clearly a grandma mobile. Most people won’t even know the model of your car since it’s so hideous. Furthermore, even if they do, they’ll know that it was designed for grandmothers and couldn’t possibly be a fast car.


This goes without saying, but the Cressida is quite honestly an ugly car. If you look at it for long enough it might become semi-attractive, but it will never truly be a good looking car. However, that actually works to the Cressida’s advantage. Like I said above, ugly cars fly under the radar, so almost no one will expect much out of an old and ugly Toyota.

3. Luxurious Interior

You know what the nicest part of grandma cars are? The luxurious interior. Think about this logically, what makes a grandma car, a grandma car? Well if you’re old and probably experiencing lots of joint pain, you’ll want a comfortable interior in your car. This benefits you even if you’re not old. Luxury car interiors are rather obviously a lot nicer to drive around in than standard interiors.

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The downside to this is that it adds a lot of unnecessary weight. If you don’t plan on going to the track this obviously isn’t going to be a problem. But, many Cressidas end up being turned into drift cars, and that awesome granny interior always ends up going in the trash.

2. JZ Power

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the last 15 years, you would’ve noticed that the internet loves the 2JZ. We’ve written plenty of other articles about both the 1JZ and the 2JZ so we won’t go too in-depth about why they’re so awesome. Basically, the 1JZ and 2JZ both have the ability to make insane amounts of power with as little as a turbo and fueling upgrades.


How does this translate to making the Cressida better? Well, remember what I said at the beginning? The Cressida and the MK3 Supra share many other their components, including their 7M-GE engine. This engine can super easily be swapped out with the much better 1JZ. A swap is pretty much as simple as changing the wiring harness and computer.

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This swap will take a Cressida from a pathetic 190 horsepower to over 350 horsepower really quickly. You could, of course, turbocharge the existing 7M-GE, however, you’ll be missing all of the reliability benefits you’ll gain from the 1JZ. If you’re not a fan of the JZ engine you could always install a 1UZ out of a Lexus.

1. Drift Community

Luckily most of the people in the drift community know what the Cressida is capable of. They embrace it as one of the oddball types of drift cars. That’s not to say that it can’t performance with the big boys, though. Since mostly everything from the MK3 Supra bolts right onto the Cressida it doesn’t take much to get one track ready. This also means that the Cressida benefits from the MK3 Supra’s aftermarket, which is larger than the Cressida’s. Below we’ll share a video of some Cressidas slaying some tires on the track.


Overall I think the Cressida makes an excellent sleeper. It’s pretty ugly, old, and everyone thinks it’s a granny mobile. But, it’s pretty luxurious on the insane, and you can stuff a 1JZ/2JZ into it pretty easily. It being related to the MK3 Supra definitely makes it even more attractive to modification. Let me know what you think of the Cressida down in the comments below!

Top 5 JDM Icon Cars That You Need To Own Before You Die

The internet has caused a massive sensation for tuner cars. Once teenagers loved American made sports cars, now they love “JDM” sports cars. With all the different brands and different models out there, which JDM cars are the best? Well, here are five examples of awesome Japanese engineering.

5. Nissan 300ZX TT


Nissan made the 2nd generation 300ZX from 1989 – 2000 and came with the 3.0L V6 VG30DE and a twin turbo variant. The 300ZX featured a host of performance upgrades over the previous generation; dual overhead cams, variable valve timing, and the optional “Super HICAS” four-wheel steering system. The twin turbo variant produced 300 horsepower, which gave the 300ZX a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, putting it in the same league as the Mitsubishi 3000GT. Z32s are often called one the top ten best-looking cars ever produced because they looked so advanced for their time.

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Z32s are often called one the top ten best-looking cars ever produced because they looked so advanced for their time. Even to this day in could probably blend in with brand new 2017 model cars. Unfortunately, Z32s are becoming harder to find, so now is the time to scoop one up before they all disappear, or become expensive.

4. Toyota Supra MK4


Toyota made the 4th generation Supra from 1992 – 2002 and designed it to compete with high-end sports cars. The Supra came with, the 3.0L inline-6 2JZ-GE, and a twin turbo variant. The twin turbo models had an astounding 320 horsepower, which rocketed the Supra from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in an impressive 13.1 seconds. The twin turbos were sequential, and not parallel, meaning that a small turbo creates boost for low rpm power, and a big turbo creates boost at high rpms. The Toyota Supra has become an internet icon over the past 10 years, and videos of 1000+ horsepower Supras are all over the internet. Whether for the better or worse, the Toyota Supra has forever changed the “JDM” scene as we know it.

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The Toyota Supra has become an internet icon over the past 10 years, and videos of 1000+ horsepower Supras are all over the internet. Whether for the better or worse, the Toyota Supra has forever changed the “JDM” scene as we know it. Good MK4 Supras are almost always $20,000+, and they’re rising in price every day. Get one while you still can!

3. Subaru Impreza 2.5RS


The Subaru Impreza 2.5RS, although very similar to a stock Impreza, it managed to become a worldwide rally icon. Subaru made the 2.5RS from 1998 – 2001 and only produced around 14,000 units, making them rarer than a Ferrari 360. The 2.5RS had a power output of 165 horsepower, which really isn’t a lot. But, thanks to motor import laws and that there are WRXs lying around, it has become extremely easy to swap a much more powerful motor into a 2.5rs.

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Not only can you swap a more powerful WRX or STi engine in. You can swap things such as suspension, brakes and steering from later WRX and STi models into the 2.5RS chassis. The 2.5RS is a relatively cheap, but it’s a little hard to find. If you’re looking for a performance car on the cheap, this car should definitely be on your list.

2. Nissan Skyline R32


Nissan debuted the R32 in 1989 and made it available as a 2-door and 4-door, and used several versions of the RB series engine. Most models came with the “HICAS” system, just like the 300ZX. Nissan’s target for the R32 was the Porsche 959. Part of its large success was from it dominating the Japanese and the Australian Touring Car Championship, and it was so good that it won almost every race from 1989 to 1997.

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The Australian press nicknamed it “Godzilla” because it was an automotive monster from Japan. The GT-R has become a legendary car and is used for all things motoring. Due to America’s import laws, the R32 can now be easily imported since it’s now 25 years old. So now is the time to import one if you want to own one the most iconic JDM cars of all time.

1. Acura NSX


Honda/Acura made the NSX from 1990 – 2005 and they changed the world of modern supercars as we know it. It was the first production car to use an all-aluminum monocoque body, making it lightweight. Powering the NSX is a 270 horsepower 3.0L VTEC engine which screamed to 8,000 rpms and propelled the NSX from 0-60 in 5 seconds. A more powerful, 3.2L VTEC engine was available in 1997 and increased horsepower to 290.

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The NSX is lightweight, powerful, handles amazing and has all the reliability of a Honda. The NSX has often been called the “God Father” of supercars. Unfortunately, the NSX has become extremely sought after for their greatness, and they sell insanely quick.


All 5 of these cars have become icons for the ’90s kids, and all of them are awesome. The 300ZX has a timeless design, the Supra is just a beast, the Subaru 2.5RS can be turned into a rally machine, the R32 is one of the most iconic JDM cars ever, and the NSX is the world’s first reliable supercar. These cars are what we think represent JDM, what’s your opinion? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

1UZFE: Everything You Want to Know

The 1UZFE is the first in the Toyota UZ family. Toyota designed this new 4.0L V8 to replace the outdated Toyota 5V. The 1UZFE was a highly advanced V8 engine, that now has a cult following. Just the LS family, the UZ family has been heavily modified and is known very well among the tuner community.

1UZ-FE: Engine Basics

If you didn’t already know, the 1UZFE was a pretty advanced engine when it came out. Very few V8’s at the time were DOHC, with 32 valves. The 1UZFE is arguably the first ever reliable DOHC V8, which is completely believable since most DOHC V8’s before it was in exotic cars.

The cylinder block of the 1UZFE is aluminum and is a 90* V8. The cylinder heads are also made of aluminum. Like I mentioned before, it is a dual overhead camshaft engine, with 32 valves (4 valves per cylinder). Unfortunately, the 1UZFE doesn’t have hydraulic lifters, so it needs periodic valve adjustments.

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Later versions of the 1UZFE received Toyota’s VVT-i system, which improved horsepower and fuel economy. A nice feature about the 1UZFE is that if the timing belt breaks, the valves will not interfere with the pistons. A broken timing belt won’t cause your engine to self-destruct.

  • Production: 1989-2002
  • Cylinder Block Material: Aluminum
  • Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
  • Valve train: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Stroke: 82.5mm
  • Bore: 87.5mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10:1 – 10.5:1 (VVT-i)
  • Displacement: 3969cc
  • Redline: 6,200 – 6,500 rpm (VVT-i)
  • Weight: 364 lbs

Cars That Came With The 1UZ

The 1UZFE came in a variety of Toyota cars, ranging from sports cars to luxury cars. Toyota equipped the 1UZ in the Lexus GS400, LS400, and SC400. The 1UZFE was also equipped in the Toyota Aristo, Celsior, Crown, and Soarer. I owned an SC400 for a while and loved how to engine felt in that car.

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  • Lexus GS400
  • Lexus LS400
  • Lexus SC400
  • Toyota Aristo
  • Toyota Celsior
  • Toyota Crown
  • Toyota Soarer

1UZ-FE: Performance Data

Like I mentioned before, the 1UZFE has come in a couple different forms over the years. Engine changes such as VVT-i increased the horsepower.

  • 256 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
  • 260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

Toyota added higher compression ratio pistons

  • 261 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
  • 269 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

Toyota developed their VVT-i to work on the 1UZFE

  • 290 horsepower @ 5,900 rpm
  • 300 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm

Toyota added a few revisions

  • 300 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
  • 310 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

As you might be able to tell from these numbers, the VVT-i system worked wonders of the 1UZFE. The VVT-i system added 40 horsepower, and 40 lb-ft of torque. Most notably, the VVT-i system brought the peak torque down 400 rpm, making the car much more fun to drive around the street.

1UZ-FE: Tuning Potential

If you’re a car guy or car gal, then this is the part you’ve been waiting for. How can this engine be tuned to make more horsepower than factory? Well, naturally aspirated builds can reach as high as 400 horsepower, but costs a fortune, and is hard to build.

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The Terminator Cobra supercharger or Eaton M90 is a common addition the 1UZFE. With additional changes such as fuel injectors and an exhaust, the 1UZFE can make 350+ horsepower @ 6 psi. Building the bottom end with lower compression ratio pistons, the 1UZFE can make 400+ horsepower @ 10 psi.


Turbo kits are available for most cars that came equipped with the 1UZFE, but they need a built bottom end to survive. Much like other great Toyota engines (1JZ, 2JZ, etc.), the stock 1UZFE block is good for over 1,000 horsepower.

1UZ-FE vs VH45DE

The 1UZ is undoubtedly the best in the UZ family, but how does it stack up against the competition? Nissan’s VH45DE is the only real competitor to the 1UZ-FE. Both are dual overhead cam, both have a displacement of less than 4.6L, and both came from Japan. Both were designed for luxury cars.

The VH45DE made a pretty impressive 278 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. This was pretty impressive at the time, but not as impressive as the power level of the 1UZ-FE. Like I mentioned above, the 1UZ made 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque at its best. That’s 22 horsepower and 16 lb-ft more than the VH45DE, while also being .5L smaller in displacement.

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They’re both fairly expensive to swap, and pretty expensive to make high horsepower. However, the 1UZ’s higher horsepower out of the factory really makes it more impressive in my opinion. Let me know in the comments below if you think the VH45DE is better than the 1UZ-FE.


The 1UZFE was a technological breakthrough for the automotive industry. DOHC V8’s weren’t all that new, but they had never been reliable. Toyota knocked it out of the park with the 1UZFE. Not only is it powerful, but it’s also reliable, and can take a bunch of tuning abuse. Let me know what you think of the 1UZ in the comments below!

Tacoma vs Tundra: Which is Better for Your Needs?

Assuming you don’t live under a rock, then you would’ve noticed that there is a massive selection of pickup trucks in America. Most small pickups (Ranger, Tacoma, Colorado, etc.) have gone from being really small to practically being full sized pickup trucks.

Maybe you’re in the market for a new truck, and really like Toyota’s trucks. Toyota makes some really nice trucks, the Tacoma and the Tundra are amongst the best pickups in the US. But which one is better for your needs? Before we begin to compare Tacoma vs Tundra, lets quickly cover each truck individually.


The Tacoma has been around for a pretty long time. Technically its only been around since 1995, before that it was just called a Toyota Pick-Up. Over the years the Tacoma has evolved from a really small light duty pickup truck, to a medium duty, medium sized pickup. As with every thing else in America, its gotten significantly larger over time.


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The most drastic change came in 2005, when Toyota launched the 2nd generation Tacoma. The 2nd gen was significantly larger than the out-going model, but it was an pretty instant success. It seems like anywhere I go, a 4-door Tacoma will be near by, and many shops have them as their shop trucks.

The Tacoma really made its mark on the light duty and medium duty pickup truck market. It really created its own new little market. Chevy has actually taken notice of this and since launched the new Canyon, which is a direct competitor to the Tacoma.

Additional Tacoma info on Wikipedia


To my knowledge the Toyota Tundra was the replacement for the Toyota T100, which at the time was Toyota’s full-size pick up. The T100 was smaller than all of its competitors, and wasn’t that large of a success. Tell me, how many T100’s have you seen in the past month? I can tell you right now that I’ve only seen a handful of them thus far this year. Which is exactly why Toyota launched the Tundra.


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Want to know why its actually called the Tundra? When Toyota launched their new pickup truck it was initially known as the T150. It was supposed to be a slightly beefed up version of the T100. But, automotive journalists complained that it was to similar to the name of Ford’s truck, the F150. Following a lawsuit from Ford, Toyota decided to rename the truck to the Tundra.

Today in 2016, the Tundra is one of America’s most popular full sized pickup trucks. Which is surprising considering how competitive the full sized pick up truck market it. Ford and Chevrolet basically dominate it, but somehow Toyota how found a way to survive that market.

Additional Tundra info on Wikipedia

Tacoma vs Tundra: Drive Train

Drive train is one of the more important factors when comes to pick up trucks. Its part of what determines how well they can tow, how much they can tow, and how much pay load they can carry. If the engine doesn’t make a lot of horsepower or torque, than it can only lug around so much extra weight before it becomes extremely slow. Same goes with the transmission, if its not built for heavy pay loads, than it will likely have cooling problems if you put to much stress on it.

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In both generations of the Toyota Tundra, both a V6 and a V8 were available. Luckily most of them came with a V8, which means towing around heavy things is a breeze. Most Tundra’s equipped with the V6 are going to be base model work trucks, that aren’t going to do a lot of heavy work. Both the V6 and the V8 had an option for a factory super charger, which jumps horsepower and torque up a massive amount.


Both generations of the Toyota Tacoma came with either an inline-4, or a V6. The older models typically have an inline-4, where as most newer models are equipped with the V6. Why is this? Since the Tacoma grew in size, it become more usable for heavy work, which requires a larger, and and more powerful engine. The V6 upped the tow rating to 6,500 lbs, which is the weight of a one-ton pickup truck. So, most modern Tacoma’s ended up with the V6.

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Bottom line is this. Most modern Tacoma’s have a V6, and most modern Tundra’s have a V8. Obviously the V6 is less powerful than the V8, but its much more fuel efficient than the V8. So, if you do a lot of commuting, the Tacoma might be the better option for you.

Tacoma vs Tundra: Cost

Over the last year of writing articles like this one, I can tell you that prices vary a huge amount. Location, condition, milage, seller motivation, luck, and good bargaining skills will make the prices you find vary from the prices I find. Thats just how this works. Why am I bringing this up? Because when I quote numbers for both the Tacoma, and the Tundra, I want you to know that you may find way different numbers. So, before you pick one based off of price, hop on Craigslist and see what local prices are for you.


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Prices for brand new Tacoma’s and brand new Tundra’s are somewhat consistent, so lets look at those. The 2016 Tacoma starts at $23,660 whereas the 2016 Tundra starts at $29,140. Understand that both of these trucks can pretty easily get into the $40k range with just some options added on. But, those numbers show you that the Tacoma is about $5,500 cheaper than the Tundra for a base model. Thats a pretty significant difference.

Tacoma vs Tundra: Interior

Oddly enough, it seems as though pickup’s interiors are overlooked when comparing trucks. This seems a little odd to me, as you will spend over 99% of your time with the truck in there. The new generation Tacoma got a massive upgrade in the interior department, so how does it stack up to the Tundra?

2016 Tundra Interior


As you might expect, the Tundra’s interior is much larger. The seats are spaced farther apart, and they have a ton of leg room. This is because the Tundra is rather obviously really large in size. The large interior size definitely helps the Tundra feel much more luxurious than it really is.

2016 Tacoma Interior


The Tacoma’s interior is significantly smaller than the Tundra’s interior, however it’s just as nice. Although space may limited, the 2016 Tacoma received a massive update compared to Tacomas of old. Before the update the interior was a little bland and cheap feeling. The interior update has made the Tacoma feel thousands of dollars more expensive on the inside.

Tacoma vs Tundra: What They’re Best For

Ask yourself, what do you need out of a pick up truck? Do you do a lot of manual labor and need to carry tools or equipment around? Do you tow a lot? Do you take dirt bikes or ATV’s out to the desert? More than likely, you don’t actually need a pickup truck at all, but this is America and even 90 year old ladies drive pickups. But, if you  do any of the things i’ve listed than you probably need a pick up.

When it comes to towing, how much are you towing? If you’re towing less than 4,000 lbs you can get away with just a Tacoma. But, if you’re ever towing 4,000 lbs or more you’ll want a Tundra. Why? The Tundra has a much larger, much more powerful V8 engine, and a weighs more. The Tundra is also designed with more towing in mind, and as such tows heaver loads much easier than the Tacoma.

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If you’re into off-roading or taking your dirt bikes/ATV’s out to the desert, than you’ll probably want a Tacoma. Tacoma’s are much smaller and can get farther into a trail before it becomes to difficult for the vehicle. Also, the Tacoma is much more fuel efficient, meaning more fuel for your dirt bikes!


Lastly, if you don’t actually need a pick up, and just want to commute with one, get a Tacoma. They’re much more fuel efficient and you really don’t need a full-size pick up truck to commute to work every single day.

Which Suits You Best?

Like I mentioned before, chances are that you don’t even need a pick up truck. But, if you do, than Toyota’s may be perfect for you. If you do a lot of commuting and little towing, get a Tacoma. If you do more towing and heavy hauling of any kind kind a Tundra.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Which One is Better and Why?

Alright, so I’m sure you’ve seen the videos on YouTube of 1,000+ horsepower Toyota Supra’s. Maybe you’re planning on swapping to a JZ engine but don’t know which one to pick, maybe you just want to learn more about the JZ engine family.

Additional JZ family info on Wikipedia

Regardless of why you’re reading this, we’re going to dive into this topic in detail, and compare 1JZ vs 2JZ.


As you may have guessed, the 1JZ came before the 2JZ, and it came in a few different forms. Regardless of the engine dressings, it was always a 2.5L inline-6, with a 86mm bore and a 71.5mm stroke. Were going to be talking about the 1JZ-GTE, which is the top of line twin turbo model of the 1JZ.

1JZ swapped AE86 drift car

1JZ AE86

The 1JZ came with parallel turbo’s, and later 1JZ’s came with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence). The 1JZ came in a variety of vehicles: Toyota Chaser, Toyota Soarer, Toyota Supra MK III (Japan only), Toyota Verossa, and Toyota Crown.

The biggest difference between the 7MGTE and the 1JZ that replaced it is the strength. The 7MGTE was a great engine, but suffered from head bolt, head gasket, and various other issues with the cylinder head. The 1JZ is pretty similar to the 7MGTE, but with a cylinder head that actually stays on the engine.


The 2JZ shares most of the components from the 1JZ, the biggest difference in in the displacement. The 2JZ retains the 86mm bore that the 1JZ has, but its stroke is increased from 71.5mm to 86mm. This makes the 2JZ a “square” engine, which means the bore and stoke are equal. This provides a better equal medium between low end torque and high end horsepower.

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Unlike the 1JZ, the 2JZ-GTE came with a sequential turbo setup, meaning that the power band is much broader. A small turbo gives low rpm power and helps spin up the bigger turbo for high rpm power.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Stock vs. Stock

So now that you have a little bit of knowledge about these two engines, lets compare them stock vs. stock. Keep in mind, its nearly impossible to find completely stock, non tuned dyno graphs for either of these engines.

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After hours of searching through forums, I found the most stock dyno graphs possible. Both uses 91 octane, stock everything, and non-tuned.

1JZ vs 2JZ

So you’ve seen the numbers, the 2JZ makes about 30 horsepower and 20 lb-ft more than the 1JZ. This shouldn’t be to much of a surprise to you, considering the 2JZ has an extra .5 liters of displacement. Numbers only show so much, the important thing is how it’s making those numbers.

Notice how the 1JZ dyno graph shows the horsepower continually going up. Its a very linear gain throughout the power band. This is great for track use. The power is predictable when getting on and off of the throttle.

The 2JZ dyno graph the horsepower basically just goes up rapidly and then flattens out, but its not very linear. The power goes up early in the RPMs, flattens out, and then goes down in the high RPMs. This is great for street use, because power is available low in the RPMs, where the engine is most of the time.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Modified vs. Modified

I can’t give you dyno graphs comparing 1JZ and 2JZ when modified, because its impossible to find dyno graphs of each engine modified exactly the same. I can tell you that they respond to modifications nearly identically, the 2JZ of course will make a little bit more power and torque thanks to its extra displacement.

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How to engine responds greatly depends on the size of the turbo, but generally speaking a 2JZ making 500whp is going to respond better the throttle inputs than a 1JZ making similar power. This is once again a great attribute of the increased stroke of the 2JZ.

Parts are nearly identical in price as well, however when including the price of purchasing the engine itself, it’s cheaper to build a 1JZ. The most commons upgrades would be a single turbo setup. The factory turbos have issues when the boost is turned up at all.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Engine Strength

Contrary to what most people believe and spread around the internet, the 1JZ and the 2JZ are pretty much equally as strong. Their connecting rods are identical other than the length since the 2JZ has a longer stroke. The crank and pistons are pretty much equally as strong as well.

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The reason most people think that the 2JZ is stronger is because it can hold up to higher power levels. But, they fail to account for the extra displacement. A general rule of them is that the 1JZ stock bottom end is good for about 650-700 horsepower, and the stock 2JZ bottom end is good for about 800 horsepower. You would think that the 2JZ would be stronger then right? Wrong

Quad Turbo 2JZ

The stock 1JZ bottom end is good for 650-700, which is 260 – 280 hp/liter (650hp/2.5liter=260hp/liter). The stock 2JZ bottom end in good for around 800, which is 266hp/liter.

Both of these engine’s bottom ends have been pushed way past the numbers I’ve just quoted. But, the 1JZ and 2JZ can reliably push 266hp/liter on their bottom end. When I say reliably, I mean beating the crap out of the engine, for long periods of time, and it not failing.

Both are some of the strongest factory engines to ever come in a production automobile. Very few engines in the world can hold up to 1,000 horsepower or more.

1JZ vs 2JZ: Cool Factor

I feel obligated to bring up the “cool” factor, because I did the same in our RB26 vs 2JZ debate. Being cool and unique is something that can be underrated in the automotive world. In the example of RB26 vs 2JZ, the RB was cooler due to its rarity and arguably better exhaust sound. But, what about the 1JZ and the 2JZ?

Rarity is arguably the biggest part of the cool factor. For example, I love the Chevy LS for its performance, but it’s not that unique or cool anymore. In regards to rarity, the 1JZ is more rare here in the US. This is because we never actually got it in any of our cars.

Sound is also something fairly important to how cool these engines are. After all if it sounds like crap (cough Hondas cough), then it’s not all that cool. In the case of the 1JZ and the 2JZ, they sound extremely similar. This is probably due to them being mostly the same. However, the 1JZs slightly higher redline seems to give it a bit more of a high pitched scream. Both engines sound awesome but I have to give this one to the 1JZ.

What Do the Experts Have to Say?

Well quite frankly, we are not extremely knowledgable experts on the 1JZ vs 2JZ debate. So we went to the experts at Titan Motorsports and asked them which one is better, 1JZ or 2JZ? Heres what they had to say:

“We really don’t deal with the 1JZ, and there isn’t much of a debate that the 2JZ is superior in nearly every way from our standpoint.

A. We don’t take stock vs. stock into account because no one is going to leave our shop with a stock engine.

B. There’s no replacement for displacement.

C. I’ve yet to see an application where the 1JZ was superior in any way, which is 99% of the reason we never have them in our shop, although we do offer parts for those who have these engines. (Mainly early lexus and MKIII supra owners who did JDM swaps because of the ease of installation and expense over doing a similar swap with a 2JZ).

Given the choice between a 1JZ and a 2JZ with dollars not being a factor, I’ve never heard of anyone choosing the 1JZ over a 2JZ

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Keep in mind, Titan Motorsports holds the world record for the fastest “import”, which is a Supra with a 2JZ.

What do Drifter have to Say?

Most high level drifters run either a V8 engine, or a JZ engine. So, I went to my friend Sean Ohlinger, who is a local drifter in Phoenix. He is also apart of a small, local car club called Within Minimum Spec. I asked him “Which do you prefer, 1JZ or 2JZ?” Heres what he had to say:

“I personally prefer the 1JZ over the 2JZ, the 1JZ is way better for drifting on a budget. But, the 2JZ is way better if you’re willing to pay for it. The problem is, 1JZs are a little harder to find since we never got them in the states. There’s is really no logical reason that the 1JZ is better, other than price. Thats why so many people swap them into their car, because they’re so much cheaper.”

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Sean’s 1JZ Swapped AE86 Drift Car

Which One is Better?

The 1JZ is better for slightly drifting, and especially when on a budget. The shorter stroke means it loves to hang out at high RPM’s, but lacks low end power due to a short stoke, and smaller displacement. It takes a fairly long time to spool up the turbo(s) because of its short stroke.

The 2JZ is better for street use. The larger displacement, and longer stroke really help out in the low RPMs. But the longer stroke limits its reliability when at high RPMs for extended periods of time. But, the longer stroke means it can spool up the turbo(s) much faster, making it way better for street use.

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So, to answer the question 1JZ vs 2JZ which one is better? Since most of us build street cars, I would say the 2JZ is the better engine. But, if you’re on a tight budget than you’ll have to settle with the 1JZ.

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RB26 vs 2JZ: Which One is Better and Why?

When you’re talking about Japanese legends, the RB26 and the 2JZ always seem to pop up in the conversation. Ever since Fast & Furious came out in 2001, the Skyline GTR and MK4 Supra have become internet sensations, and so have their motors. There are countless videos on the internet of both engines making well over 1,000 horsepower.

But the question always seems to come up; which one is king of Japan? Well, lets dive in and compare RB26 vs 2JZ, and find out who’s really king.

Nissan RB26

The RB series is a family of inline-6 engines, ranging from 2.0L to 3.0L. All of which came in different engines dressings, some naturally aspirated, some single turbocharged, some twin turbocharged. However, were talking about the RB26DETT which was the top of the line engine, equipped in the Skyline GTR.


Additional RB information on Wikipedia

The RB26 came with an 86mm bore, and a 73.7mm stroke, and advanced features such as ITB (Individual Throttle Bodies). It came with parallel T28 ceramic turbochargers limited to 14 PSI of boost.

All of this produced an impressive 280 bhp and 293 lb-ft. Although many Nissan enthusiasts claim that the RB26 made closer to 327 bhp. Many stock dyno runs have proved this to be true. Nissan underrated the RB26 to meet Japan’s “gentleman agreement”.

Toyota 2JZ

Much like RB series, the JZ series is a family of inline-6 engines. Ranging for 2.5L to 3.0L, some naturally aspirated, some twin turbocharged. However, we are going to be talking about the 2JZ-GTE which is the top of line 2JZ engine that came in twin-turbo model MK4 Supra.

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Additional JZ information on Wikipedia

Just like the RB26, the 2JZ has an 86mm bore, but steps up the stroke from 73.7mm to 86mm. This is where the extra .4L of displacement comes from. Unlike the RB26, the 2JZ came with a sequential turbo setup, meaning it has a much broader power band.

All of this produced an advertised 280 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Just like the RB26, it had to conform to the “gentleman agreement”. Stock dyno testing shows that the 2JZ-GTE actually makes closer to 320 horsepower.

RB26 vs 2JZ: Stock vs Stock

Okay, so now that you have a little bit of knowledge on each of these engines, lets take a look at some dyno graphs and compare them stock vs. stock.


  • Horsepower: 282whp @ 6,800 RPM
  • Torque: 250wtq @ 4,900 RPM

RB vs 2JZ


  • Horsepower: 288whp @ 5,800 RPM
  • Torque: 280wtq @ 4,700 RPM

1JZ vs 2JZ

Alright, so you’ve seen the numbers. They make pretty much the same amount of power, however the 2JZ makes about 30 lb-ft of torque more. This isn’t to surprising considering it has an extra .4L of displacement, all of which is extra stroke. But, numbers only tell part of the story.

RB26: The RB26 has a very linear power curve, it just slowly gains throughout the power band. It never really peaks or jumps around. This is great because its easy to predict how much power you will get when you pick up the throttle at any given RPM.

2JZ: The 2JZ makes its peak power 1,000 RPM sooner than the RB26, and also makes more torque at an earlier RPM. This is mostly due to its sequential turbos, and extra stroke. The power comes on very early, and flattens out, its not until peak RPM’s that it starts to lose power.

The linear power gain of the RB26 is great for track use, since the power will be predictable when on and off of the throttle. The early power of the 2JZ is great for street use, since you’ll typically be in the lower RPMs.

RB26 vs 2JZ: Engine Strength

It’s not really a secret that the 2JZ can hold up to crazy amounts of power on stock internals. Unfortunately, Nissan didn’t build the RB26 as strongly as Toyota built the 2JZ.

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RB26: The RB26 stock internals can hold up to about 550-650 horsepower. The stock block can hold up to 1,000+ horsepower. Doing some simple math that will tell you that the RB26 can hold up to 211-250 hp/liter. This is quite an amazing feat for a stock engine.

2JZ: The 2JZ stock internals can hold up 800 horsepower. The stock block can also hold 1,000+ horsepower. Once again doing some math, the 2JZ can hold up to around 266 hp/liter.

So, both of these engines can hold incredible amounts of power, however the 2JZ can hold up to quite a bit more on completely stock engine internals. The engine blocks are nearly equal in terms of strength.

RB26 vs 2JZ: Parts Availability

If you’re building a car, and something on the engine breaks, you’re going to need the new part. I think this is what really makes the 2JZ better than the RB26.

RB26: The RB26 never came in any car in the USA, what does this mean? It means that finding parts for it isn’t a simple as going to an auto parts store. Since it hasn’t picked up as large of a cult following in the US, the aftermarket isn’t nearly as strong.
Further more, just finding the RB26 engine by itself is a hassle, most of the times you’ll have to import it from Japan.

2JZ: The 2JZ on the other hand, came in a host of different cars in the USA. This means that finding parts is as easy as going to an auto parts store or a junkyard. The large cult following means that the aftermarket is massive and very helpful.

RB26 vs 2JZ: Cool Factor

Let’s be real here, being a bit of a hipster in the JDM community is fairly normal. Everyone is trying to push the envelope from the hellaflush community, to the racing community. In the eyes of a JDM enthusiast, which one is cooler? The RB26 or the 2JZ?

RB26: The RB26 is pretty rare to see in the US. There are quite a few reasons for this but regardless seeing an RB in person is always pretty cool. Furthermore the RB26 is arguably better sounding. It seems a little higher pitched but somehow more angry. It’s a little hard to explain but if you’re a JDM person you may know what I’m talking about.

2JZ: Seeing the 2JZ is far more common is the US. Go to any drift event and you’re bound to find more 2JZ swapped cars than RB26 swapped cars. In that sense that 2JZ has almost got a little bit boring.
The 2JZ’s sound is undeniably iconic, however it has also gotten a little bit stale. This is probably due to the insane amount of MK4 Supra videos on YouTube.

Which One is Better?

To answer the question “RB26 vs 2JZ?”. Well, I think thats its pretty clear which is the better engine. The 2JZ can hold up to more power, make more power, source parts very easily, and is cheaper to buy and build. However, the RB26 is arguably the cooler of the two, mostly due to it’s rarity in the US.

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That said, the RB26 is an absolutely amazing engine, but its just not economically feasible to build an RB26 just to hold similar power levels as the 2JZ.


The 2JZ came in a host of cars sold in the US and can be found pretty easily, and if something breaks a store like Autozone is likely to have the part. The RB26 on the other hand, never came in any car in the US, meaning that it has to be imported, and so do any parts that you might need for it.

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2UZFE: Everything You Want to Know

The 2UZFE is the second in the Toyota UZ family. Its based off of the 1UZFE, but was used in trucks and SUVS instead of luxury cars. The biggest change with the 2UZFE, is that the displacement was increased to 4.7L, which greatly increased the torque. The 2UZFE doesn’t have quite the cult following that the 1UZ does, but does it have the same tuning potential?

2UZFE: Engine Basics

Unlike the 1UZFE, the 2UZFE received an iron cylinder block. This was done to slightly increase reliability. Since the 2UZFE was designed for pickups and SUVS weight wasn’t really a concern either. Other than that, the engine design is pretty similar to the 1UZ. Its a 90* V8, with aluminum heads. There are 32 valves (4 per cylinder), and the lifters are not hydraulic, so it needs periodic valve adjustments.

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Later versions of the 2UZFE received Toyota’s VVT-i system. This helped increase horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. Just like the 1UZ-FE, if the timing belt breaks it doesn’t destroy the cylinder heads. It’s a non interference engine.

  • Production: 1998 – 2011
  • Cylinder Block Material: Cast-Iron
  • Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
  • Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Stroke: 84mm
  • Bore: 94mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
  • Displacement: 4664cc

2UZFE: Vehicles

The 2UZFE came in a variety of different Toyota products. Like I mentioned before, it was designed for Toyota pickups and SUVs. The 2UZ was equipped in the Lexus GX470 and the LX470. It was also equipped in the Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, and Tundra.

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  • Lexus GX470
  • Lexus LX470
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tundra

2UZFE: Performance Data

Just like the 1UZFE, the 2UZFE had minor modifications done to it over the years to increase its horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency. The biggest change would be the addition of Toyota’s VVT-i system.

  • 230 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
  • 302 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

Minor revisions were added

  • 232 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
  • 311 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

Toyota’s VVT-i system was added

  • 271 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
  • 315 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

Once again, minor revisions were added

  • 282 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
  • 324 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

As you can tell from these numbers, the 2UZFE ended up with 52 more horsepower, and 22 lb-ft more than it started with. The largest jump occurred when Toyota added VVT-i, which added an impressive 49 horsepower.

2UZFE: Tuning Potential

If you’re a car guy, or gal, than this is the part you’ve probably been waiting for. What can this engine really do? How good is it when you start throwing aftermarket parts on it? Well, since its based off of the 1UZ, most top end parts for the 1UZ will bolt right onto it.

Just like the 1UZ, the Terminator Cobra supercharger, or Eaton M90 is a common addition the 2UZFE. With the addition of fuel injectors, and an exhaust, the 2UZFE can make 380+ horsepower @ 6psi. Building the bottom end with lower compression ratio pistons, the 2UZFE can make 440+ horsepower @ 10psi.


A common, and interesting build is using the 2UZFE bottom end, and block, with all 1UZFE components. This allows you to turn your LS400 into an LS470. Its not a super common build, for the simple fact that you could build your engine with a super charger or turbo for the same amount and make more horsepower.

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Just like the 1UZ, and other great Toyota engines (1jz, 2jz, etc.), the 2UZ has a ridiculously strong block. The 1UZ is praised for its ability to hold up to 1,000 horsepower on a stock block. What if I told you that the 2UZ can hold up to even more than that? After all, the 2UZ is made out of stronger cast-iron. The 1UZ is good for around 1,000 horsepower on a stock block, whilst the 2UZ is good for 1,400+ horsepower on a stock block.


In case you missed it, we wrote an article similar to this one covering the 1UZFE. So, how is the 2UZFE any different than the 1UZFE, and which one is better? To start off, the biggest and most obvious difference is the added  displacement. The 1UZ is a 4.0L whilst the 2UZ is a 4.7L. This was done to add low end torque, which SUVs need. The 1UZ is all aluminum whilst the 2UZ is has a cast-iron block.


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The 1UZ was designed for luxury sports cars and sedans, so while it is fairly torquey, it makes its best power high in the rev range. The 2UZ was designed for pickups and SUVs, so it produced much more torque down low. Things like a new intake manifold help the 2UZ achieve this.

There are other minor differences, but here are the main ones: displacement, cylinder block material, and intake manifold.


How does the 2UZFE stack up against the later 3UZFE? The 3UZFE is based off of the 1UZ, and shares many of its components with it. The 2UZFE has .4 liters of larger displacement, but weighs considerably more thanks to its iron block. The 3UZ’s weakness is its thin cylinder sleeves.

When it comes down it, the 2UZFE is the superior engine. Although it weighs way more, it can withstand more horsepower than the 3UZ. If you must have a UZ engine, just go with the 1UZ. It’s the best overall engine.

2UZFE: Summary

Overall the 2UZ is actually a lot like the 1UZFE. They are designed for different applications, but their parts are mostly interchangeable. The 2UZ is a super torquey, and super strong engine. Its relatively small compared to its competitors engines, but its makes as much torque, or more, at a lower RPM than its competitors. Let me know what you think of the 2UZFE in the comments below!

3UZFE: Everything You Want to Know

If you’ve read our LS engine article, then you know that engines typically come in families. The 3UZFE is the third, and final engine in the Toyota UZ family. Just like the 2UZ, the 3UZFE is based almost entirely off of the 1UZ. The biggest and most obvious change would be the displacement, which was increased to 4.3L.

The 3UZFE is the least known of the entire UZ engine family, but is it just as good as its big brothers?

3UZFE: Engine Basics

Just like the 1UZ, the 3UZFE has an aluminum engine block. The aluminum engine block helps keep weight down, which is helpful for the heavy luxury cars that it’s installed in. Other than the slightly increased displacement, the 3UZ is just like the 1UZ. It’s a 90* V8, with aluminum heads that are dual over head cam. There are 32 valves (4 per cylinder), and the lifters aren’t hydraulic, so it needs periodic valve adjustments.

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All other UZ engines started out pretty basic, and later received upgrades such as Toyota’s VVT-i. The 3UZFE started out with all the upgrades including VVT-i. This is because the 3UZFE is much younger than the other UZ engines, and it would’ve been ridiculous for Toyota not to use VVT-i on the 3UZ.

  • Production: 2000 – 2010
  • Cylinder Block Material: Aluminum
  • Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
  • Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Stroke: 82.5mm
  • Bore: 91mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Displacement: 4292cc

3UZFE: Vehicles

Just like the 1UZ, the 3UZFE was designed for luxury cars. It came in a number of different Toyota products, but they were all luxury oriented vehicles. The 3UZFE was equipped in the Lexus GS430, LS430, and SC430. It was also equipped in the Toyota Crown Majesty, and the Soarer.

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  • Lexus GS 430
  • Lexus LS 430
  • Lexus SC 430
  • Toyota Crown Majesty
  • Toyota Soarer

3UZFE: Performance Data

Over the years the 3UZFE had minor upgrades done to it. These upgrades increased horsepower, torque, and fuel economy.

  • 282 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
  • 307 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

Minor revisions were added.

  • 290 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
  • 320 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

Once again, minor revisions were added.

  • 304 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
  • 325 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

As you can tell from these numbers, there were only slight gains in horsepower. Most of these gains were a result of computer re-calibration, and the physical parts were left unchanged.

1UZFE vs 3UZFE: What is the Difference?

Like I mentioned before, the 3UZ is heavily based on the 1UZ engine. But what are the actual differences? The 3UZ has a larger bore, and thinner cylinder sleeves. The 3UZ’s pistons are lighter and larger to accommodate the cylinder bore. The 3UZ also has improved water passages which lowered combustion chamber temperatures.

The 3UZ also had technological advancements such as Lexus’s electronic throttle body. For the full list of all difference between the 1UZ and 3UZ, please visit

3UZFE: Tuning Potential

If you are a car guy or gal, chances are that this is the part you were waiting for. What can the 3UZ really do? Can be it be transformed from its boring stock form into a street monster? Well, I had both good and bad news for you. Good news; its nearly identical to the 1UZ, and can make power as easy as the 1UZ. Bad news; its severely limited by the stock block.

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The 3UZ is a double edge sword. Its super awesome because its mostly the same at the 1UZ, which can make tons of power really easily. The reason that the 3UZ is limited by the stock block is the bore size. The cylinder block is identical to the 1UZ’s, but the larger bore of the 3UZ decreases the size of the cylinder sleeves. Those thinner sleeves limit the 3UZ to around 600 horsepower on a stock block.


As long as you’re not pushing your car past 600 horsepower, than the stock block will work just fine for you. One of the most common modifications to the 3UZ is adding a Terminator Cobra supercharger, or Eaton M90 supercharger. This quickly bumps the horsepower up to an impressive 360+ at just 6 psi. With a built bottom end, the 3UZ can reach 420+ horsepower at 10 psi. Like I said, it is limited by the stock cylinder sleeves, so you don’t have to be very careful when adding boost.

3UZFE: Summary

So as you might have figured out by now, the 1UZ and the 3UZ are basically the same. They share a large amount of their components, and make similar power. The difference worth mentioning is that the 3UZ is much weaker than any other UZ engine. Let me know what you think about the 3UZFE in the comments below.

Tacoma vs 4Runner: Which One is Better and Why?

If you’re into the off-road lifestyle than you probably know how engraved Toyota is into that lifestyle. Its not as deeply rooted into the off-road community as the Jeep brand is, but Toyota is still one of the biggest off-roading brands. The Tacoma and the 4Runner are at the forefront of the Toyota off-roading lifestyle. The Tundra is a little to big, to be heavily off-roaded, so the Tacoma and the 4Runner are really the only choice.

But, since we are all limited by money, we can’t just own both, so we have to pick just one. So which is better for you? Well, it really depends on what you’re doing with the vehicle. Before we dive in and compare Tacoma vs 4runner lets briefly cover both trucks.


The Tacoma has been around for a pretty long time. Technically its only been around since 1995, before that it was just called a Toyota Pick-Up. Over the years the Tacoma has evolved from a really small light duty pickup truck, to a medium duty, medium sized pickup. As with every thing else in America, its gotten significantly larger over time.


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The most drastic change came in 2005, when Toyota launched the 2nd generation Tacoma. The 2nd gen was significantly larger than the out-going model, but it was an pretty instant success. It seems like anywhere I go, a 4-door Tacoma will be near by, and many shops have them as their shop trucks.

The Tacoma really made its mark on the light duty and medium duty pickup truck market. It really created its own new little market. Chevy has actually taken notice of this and since launched the new Canyon, which is a direct competitor to the Tacoma.

Additional Tacoma info on Wikipedia


The 4Runner initially was based entirely off of the Toyota Hilux. From the dashboard forwards it is completely identical to a Toyota pickup. All the changes happen to the rear half of the body. Initially the 4runner was solid axle, but in 1986 the solid axle suspension design was ditched in favor of an independent suspension set-up.


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A massive change happened when Toyota launched the second generation 4Runner. The second gen ditched the removable top in favor of a standard roof. Luckily the second gen was still based off of a Toyota pickup so it was still bulletproof.

Fast forwards 15+ years and we have the 5th generation of the 4Runner. As you can tell, the 5th generation is significantly larger than any of the older 4runner’s. But one thing that still hasn’t changed, is its off-road prowess. Its still one of the best options when looking for an off-road vehicle other than a Jeep.

Additional 4Runner info on Wikipedia

Tacoma vs 4Runner: Drive Train

Drive train is one of the most important factors when deciding what vehicle to purchase. After all, it is what drives the vehicle (No duh). Nobody wants a slow SUV or a slow truck. The drive train also determines how much a vehicle can tow around, and how much pay load it can handle. If you have a little engine than you can’t tow a huge amount, its that simple.

In the Tacoma vs Tundra debate, there was a decent amount to talk about since they came with vastly different power trains. One came with a V8, one came with a V6. But, thats not really the case for the Tacoma vs 4Runner debate.


The all new 2016 Tacoma uses both an inline-4, and a V6. The much more popular V6 is Toyota’s all new 3.5L 2GR-FKS, which produces an impressive 278 horsepower. The 4Runner on the other hand, uses Toyota’s older 4.0L 1GR-FE, which produces 270 horsepower. The 4.0L in the 4Runner produces slightly more torque, but they produce nearly identical horsepower.

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So yes, the power trains are in fact different from each other, but they make nearly the same horsepower and torque. Many automotive journalists like the 4Runner’s 4.0L, but do complain it can be a little lacking in the performance department. But thats to be expected with a large SUV with a relatively small engine.

Tacoma vs 4Runner: Cost

So, after writing about all things automotive for over a year now, I can tell you that everything varies. Prices vary by location, milage, condition, age, seller motivation, and luck. So, before you decide which one is better strictly off of the prices I show you, hop on Craigslist and see what the local prices for Tacoma’s and 4Runner’s are.


Prices for brand new vehicles are pretty consistent, so lets take a look at those. The 2016 Tacoma starts at just $23,660, which is actually a superb deal considering what you’re getting. The 4Runner on the other hand starts at $33,810, which seems kind of steep for a base model SUV. Either way, thats a difference of $10k! That $10k saving can go into a lift kit, light bars, bigger tires, and whatever else you want.

Tacoma vs 4Runner: What They’re Best For

The Tacoma is obviously better suited for hauling gear, equipment, motorcycles, and whatever else you can fit in the bed. If you are doing any kind of light work that requires you to need a bed, the Tacoma will be perfect for it, assuming its not a super heavy load.

The 4Runner is a little more family oriented. Quite honestly if you’re not in need of a pickup truck bed, than its just waited space. Thats space you could use for groceries, or for stuff from when you go shopping. Bottom line, if you’re not in need of a pickup bed, the 4Runner is better for you.


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Both are great for light to medium duty off-roading. Like I mentioned before, the Toyota brand is pretty heavily engrained into the off-road lifestyle. Both the Tacoma and the 4Runner are well set-up from the factory for a good amount of wheeling.

Tacoma vs 4Runner: Which One Suits You

Well, like I said before, chances are that you don’t actually need a pick up truck. Unless you constantly have a need for a pickup truck bed, you’re better off getting a 4runner. But really it comes down to personal preference. The Tacoma and the 4runner are equally good at nearly everything, other than doing pickup truck stuff.

Jeep vs Toyota: Which One is Better and Why?

One of the greatest and longest on-going debates is the Jeep vs Toyota debate. Off-road guys and gals all around the world have an opinion on this topic. Toyota fans hate Jeeps fans, and Jeep fans seem to hate Toyota fans. Jeeps people swear by Jeeps, and Toyota people swear by Toyota’s. There might not be a right or wrong answer to this debate, but lets go ahead and compare Jeep vs Toyota.

Jeep vs Toyota: Interior

This part of the debate is kind of awkward. Because Toyota’s are cheap vehicles and as such have cheap interiors, and Jeep’s are also cheap, with cheap interiors. So regardless of which one you think is better, they both kind of suck.

4Runner Interior


Features of Toyota and Jeep interiors are fairly basic. You can get power everything, but base models are mostly manual everything, unless you’re talking about Land Cruisers, which are better off being compared to a Land Rover and not a Jeep. Both have a cloth interior on most models with an optional leather interior on higher up models.

XJ Cherokee Interior


Quite honestly the interior on both old and new Jeeps and Toyota’s aren’t really something to bring up. They’re both fairly basic, even in 2016 they have fairly similar interiors.

Jeep vs Toyota: Reliability

This is one the single most important factors for most people. Reliability is generally the deciding factor for people who are looking for used cars, and even new cars. You might think that both Jeep and Toyota are fairly reliable. But that is not the case at all.

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As a big Jeep fan it pains me to see this chart, but the numbers don’t lie. According to these numbers, the Jeep brand is amongst the most unreliable automotive brands in the US. Toyota on the other hand is pretty high up on the list of brand reliability. That list covers 2014+ models of Jeep and Toyota. But what about the older models?

4.0L Engine


Like i’ve mentioned in countless other articles, the Jeep 4.0L is known as one of the single most reliable engines ever built. It was built by AMC, and it was used in tractors, boats, and Jeeps. It does having cooling issues if you live in some place hot like I do in Arizona, but other than that its a stupidly strong little engine.

22re Engine


Toyota SUV engine’s from the same time frame as the 4.0L Jeep include the 22re, 3.0L, and 3.4L. The 22re is a well known little engine, it doesn’t make much power but it never dies. Its arguable more reliable than the Jeep 4.0L. The 3.0L on the other hand is known for blowing up every 100k miles. By blowing up I mean over heating and killing the head gaskets. The 3.4L is much more reliable than the 3.0L, but doesn’t compare to the 22re or the Jeep 4.0L.

Jeep vs Toyota: Off-Road

Like i’ve mentioned in other articles, comparing vehicles off-road can be kind of difficult. This is because its not based on numbers like typical performance data. Yes there are numbers like ground clearance, but its not one single number that determines whether or not a vehicle is good off-road. Things like articulation, wheel base (length), wheel track (width), approach and departure angles, height, and various other little things can make a vehicle handle drastically different. But most importantly, driver experience will make a vehicle amazing or make it awful.

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Luckily, both Toyota and Jeep share a similar 4WD system. Unlike Land Rover’s both of these are true 4WD, and not AWD. 4WD locks the front and rear axle together at a 50/50 power distribution when the vehicle is put into 4WD. This means you’ll get consistent handling, especially when climbing hills or difficult obstacles.


Unfortunately, Toyota’s use independent suspension up front, which severely limits articulation. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve seen some really flexy IFS trucks, but nothing compared to a solid axle, which Jeep’s have. Many Toyota owners do a solid axle swap, but honestly I’m kind of jealous of Toyota’s IFS. It might not be that great off-road, but it doesn’t death wobble, and it handles way nicer on the road.


So, unless you’re doing some sort of rock crawling, you can probably get anywhere a Jeep can in a Toyota. Thats not guaranteed because I’ve seen plenty of Toyota’s get stuck in places where my Jeep didn’t even have to try, but that may just be driver error for the Toyota.

Jeep vs Toyota: Price

Price is one of the most important factors when picking out a vehicles. We must stay within our allotted budget. Plus any money you save can be put into modifications. Prices vary a lot based on location, condition, milage, and modifications.


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I can tell you from lots of experience that XJ Cherokee’s range from $1,500-$2,500 for a good stock one, all the way up to $6k for a good built one. Most XJ’s fall somewhere in the middle, not stock, but not built. My personal XJ cost $1,000, it was stock and had a fair share of issues, which isn’t a problem for me personally.


I have never purchased a Toyota, and I only have a few friends who own Toyota’s, but from what i’ve found on Craigslist, 4runners range from $1,700 to $3,000 for a good stock one. Built 4runners go as high as $7k. So the prices are only marginally higher than an XJ Cherokee.

Jeep vs Toyota: Old Models

Assuming you’re an off-road enthusiast, these are the models that you are probably interested in. Thus far we’ve mostly talked about the older Toyota’s like the 2nd and 3rd gen 4runner, and older Jeep’s like the XJ Cherokee. Like I mentioned before, both are pretty bare bones when it comes to the interior.

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The biggest difference between older Toyota’s and older Jeep’s is the suspension design and the reliability of the engine. Like I mentioned before, the older 4runner’s 3.0L is pretty crappy engine. It constantly blows head gaskets and over heats. The Jeep 4.0L is a little temperamental with cooling, but it is one of the most reliable production engines ever made.


The factory IFS on Toyota’s holds them back when off-roading, but can be easily swapped out for a solid axle set up. Jeep’s on the other hand are already equipped with a solid axle set up. This provides tons of articulation and allows stock Jeep’s to go places that stock Toyota’s can’t.

Jeep vs Toyota: New Models

As I die hard Jeep guy, this is where things kind of start to change for me, and the Jeep vs Toyota debate as a whole. Newer vehicles are coming with all sorts of fancy traction control system and things like “crawl control”. To put it simply, the playing field has leveled out, no longer are stock Jeep’s way better than stock Toyota’s. Jeep’s are still better, but only marginally so, unless you’re talking about the Rubicon model.

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I’ve got to give it to Toyota, they’ve really stepped up their game in the off-road industry the past few years. The all new Tacoma is loaded with off-road features such as “Crawl Control” which is essentially hill accent control combined with an advanced traction control system. The result? Being able to easily get out of hairy situations.


The model year before the 2016 Tacoma also received the TRD Pro edition. The first time I saw a TRD Pro was the first time I actually thought about owning a Toyota for off-roading. The TRD Pro can be had on the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4runner. Its a factory package that includes larger tires and slight lift with Bilstein suspension.

As I mentioned before, both Toyota and Jeep still have pretty basic interior’s. Both are filled with fairly cheap plastics, decent leather, and a fancy touch screen info/entertainment system.

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Luckily for Toyota, newer Jeep’s are as unreliable as Land Rover’s, so Toyota defiantly takes the crown when it comes to newer vehicles. I would still personally prefer a Wrangler, but I really want a TRD Pro Tacoma one day.

Jeep vs Toyota: Summary

Like I said in the beginning of this article, there isn’t really a right or wrong answer when it comes to the Jeep vs Toyota debate. Both are pretty competent little off-road SUVs. The Toyota is a better daily driver with its IFS, but is a little lacking off-road because of it. The Jeep is better off-road but its solid front axle can make on road handling a little scary sometimes.

Either way, they’re both great little SUVs. If you want to get really serious about off-roading get a Jeep. If you want to daily drive and occasionally go on some trails, get a 4runner.