Re: Jeep Commander vs Toyota 4 Runner
I have also been comparing the 4Runner against the Commander. My current car is a 2003 Camry, and my last was a 2001 Tundra. I have been very pleased with Toyota and neither of those two cars has ever been in for warranty service. Compare that to my wife's Nissan which is in the shop every other month...
I decided on the commander for a few reasons. First, my head hits the ceiling in the Toy unless there is no sunroof. But they package their options, and you can't get a fully loaded 4Runner without a sunroof. I'm 6-1, which is not so tall that I should be hitting my head on the roof.
While the two vehicles are very similar in dimensions, the Jeep feels much bigger and roomier inside. This is partly because of the forward windshield and large dash in the Jeep. In the Toyota, you are sitting very close to the windshield and the dash is only a few inches deep. It's a matter of opinion, but the 4Runner felt very cramped to me. Another thing I didn't like was the dual temp/AC controls. It looked like it was glued onto the dash as an afterthought. That's just not right for a 40k+ car.
Lastly, the third row in the 4Runner is VERY poorly designed. That whole fold-up-to-the-sides system is crap and only gives you a few extra inches of cargo room. So if you want the third row as "security" for when you might need them for carrying your kids' friends (which is what most people want when they get a third row), the Toyota doesn't cut it. You either have to leave the seats in all the time and have no cargo room, or take them out and leave them in your garage, which - if it's like mine - is already spilling over with junk!
Mechanically and quality-wise you can't go wrong with the Toyota. But the Jeeps are great cars, too. Much better than they were 10 years ago. Maybe they won't get as much on the resale, but that's not really what I'm buying for.
Last piece of advice - get the Hemi! It blows the iForce V8 out of the water!
Last edited by Haags; 01-13-2006 at 09:37 AM.