One of the hottest segments in the auto industry is off-road SUVs. Sales of the Jeep Wrangler have exploded over the last five years to over 200,000 annually. It’s now the best-selling off-road SUV in the business, and its success has resulted in other car companies creating their own rugged trail-ready sport utility vehicles. The Wrangler's list of rivals will soon include the highly anticipated Ford Bronco; meanwhile, the all-new Land Rover Defender has just hit the market.
A legendary vehicle in the off-road community, the Land Rover Defender hasn’t been sold in the United States for about 25 years. Like the Jeep Wrangler, the new Defender taps into its long history, dating back to the 1940s, while offering modern-day features, comfort, and technology alongside true off-road capability. But which is best? Let’s examine the 2021 Land Rover Defender and 2021 Jeep Wrangler in key areas and decide.