The Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender: two awesomely archaic vehicles steeped in cultural identity. That would be American and British, respectively, of course. What better excuse for a trans-Atlantic truck throwdown?

The current (JK) Jeep Wrangler bodystyle has been around since 2007, 2012 with its current 3.6 engine and the Defender, well, I’m pretty sure you need a paleontologist to figure out how old the chassis really is.

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But fans of both cars have clung to them because they’re classic. They’re timeless. They’re just plain cool and they’re actually both awesome off-road.

This particular comparison puts a lightly modified Jeep Wrangler Unlimited against an essentially stock Land Rover Defender 110. So, both long-wheelbase variants.

They’re both riding on the same BF Goodrich tires, too.

While the machines aren’t identically spec’d, they’re close enough and this showdown focuses on real-world off-road issues that don’t get discussed enough. Namely; range and payload. Don’t worry, plenty of discussion on traction, differentials, and approach angles too.

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The biggest thing throwing off the balance-bias is that the comparison is being run by British guys. But in the end, our host the charmingly quintessential khaki-shirt guy Andrew St. Pierre White is a lot more stoked on American iron than you might expect.