Jeep Wrangler or FJ Cruiser?
September 14, 2010 7:05 AM Subscribe
Carshoppingfilter: Jeep Wrangler or Toyota FJ Cruiser? Please help this SUV newb pick a vehicle.
posted by tryniti to shopping (13 answers total)
I'm beginning the painful process of car shopping, and could use some advice.
Some background info that you are welcome to skip:
I currently drive an 08 Solstice roadster (2 seats, convertible, no trunk). Prior to that, I had a Celica GT convertible for about 10 years. I really, really like small sports cars with removable tops. However, I also have 3 dogs, am involved with dog rescue (which involves driving dogs all over the place), and occasionally do that crazy thing called grocery shopping. Small sports cars do not really work for these things, so I'm considering "growing up" and buying a more practicle vehicle. This new vehicle will be my daily driver (about 1 mile a day) and also will be used for driving large dogs around the gulf coast.
I have narrowed down my search to two vehicles based on looks, space, and "cool factor" - a Jeep Wrangler or a Toyota FJ Cruiser. I am leaning towards buying an 07-09 model just to save a little cash, but I'm not opposed to buying new either. Here are my thoughts so far:
Wrangler: Pros - Is still a "convertible", looks cute, is cheaper than the FJ, is widely available in my area (south Louisiana), is available in a manual transmission, is a "rougher" car and therefore I wouldn't mind if it got roughed up by the above-mentioned large dogs. Cons - 2-door version doesn't have much cargo room, difficult top removal, uncomfortable/loud (?).
FJ: Pros - It's a Toyota, it's majorly big, it's got a lot more bells and whistles than the Wrangler, I could actually transport passengers, they are super neato looking. Cons - more expensive than Wrangler, limited selection, it's majorly big.
Gas mileage is not a huge concern considering how little I drive. Price really isn't a big concern either, I just want to make sure I love what I buy. I admit , I want something that is eye-catching and is maybe also fun to drive. In my dream world, I'd just keep my sports car and buy a second car, but that's just not practical.
So, any advice or experiences with these two cars to share? Is there another model that I'm not thinking of that might work for me? General suggestions on buying new versus used?