Maybe I can through my 2 cents in on this one.
I originally got a 99 Jeep TJ Sahara back when I was a Freshman in high school. I loved the Jeep and put a lot of money, parts, blood, sweat and tear into the jeep. The Jeep was awesome until I realized I wanted to climb bigger rocks and started down the slippery slope of modifying my jeep. I ended up putting a Dynatrac 44/60 with ARB's and a RockKrawler 5.5 inch L/A on it. Don't get me wrong it was bad a**. However I had a really hard time wheeling it really hard because i was scared of rolling it since it was my DD.
So along came my herd of Toyotas that I've owned through the years. 13 to be exact in the past 8 years. All of which I have spent FAR FAR less money into to make a capable wheeler. Even if it had IFS to begin with, I've torched our at least 10 of mine and others to put the straight axles that toyota should've left in there. My love for toyotas is very deep and even if I own a JK now I will always have a place in my heart for toyotas. IMO the toyota is the strongest stock out of the box vehicle made for 4 wheeling EVEN IN IFS FORM.
HOWEVER.......Even after owning many toyotas through the years, I have had an empty place that happened when I sold my TJ. I loved that Jeep and should've never sold it. Thats why I just bought a new Rubicon 4 door JK. I've never been a jeep hater when I've been wheeling in my toyota and always would point out to my wife "hey check that jeep out!" Neither one of the vehicles are "gay." I have tremendous respect for both manufactures. Both have made some really stupid choices over the years and some of us owners have had to hold our head low when they make something like a Compass or the discontinuing solid axled vehicles in the states.
Both are cool and you can tell your friend he's full of crap to be that narrow minded. If you could find a New off the showroom toyota that had solid axles, lockers, geared, rocksliders, LOW range transfercase and a removable top. Then I'll go buy a new toyota but until then my hats off to Jeep for at least having 1 vehicle in their lineup that is still worth calling a jeep.