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SUV for Colorado - highway and off-road capability

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Mix of off-road capability and on-road comfort, with luxury features like leather and heated seats for my wife.

Top contenders right now:

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited or Overland
  • Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium

Priorities: Handling / Exterior styling / Interior styling / Feature availability / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Client-facing / Off-roader

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 40000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 45000

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Response from mitchell9353

12:53 pm October 2, 2014

I've recently driven both the Jeep and the Toyota. My feeling is the Jeep is at least one generation ahead. Toyota is still pushing an older 6-speed automatic and an older V6 engine. That said, Toyota has the distince edge in reliability. Jeep, at the upper trim levels, has the edge in style and luxury. One caution: check out TrueDelta reliability data on the new Jeep diesel power train. It is a very expensive option that seems to be problematic.

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Response from mkaresh

2:30 pm October 7, 2014

The above response pretty much covers it. The Jeep is a better, even a much better vehicle, in nearly every way, including both ride and handling. (I had a 4Runner Limited for a week recently, and strongly disliked the ride on the patchy roads around here.) The exception is reliability, where the 4Runner is about as good as they get.

The Jeep is quicker and more economical with the 8-speed automatic added for 2014. But the 2014 has been buggy because of the new infotainment interface. Most likely they'll eventually have software fixes for these bugs, but it's not clear that they've fixed them all yet. Mechanically the Jeep is reasonably reliability with the possible exception of the optional air suspension.

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