So, Aces isn’t really cutting it as a daily. The transmission issues are getting bothersome (I have one to swap in, but trying to find the time with a newborn just isn’t happening), and the lack of good HVAC in it has sucked during the last few weeks here in Seattle.

Anyway, I’m seriously looking at getting something different. I’ve always wanted a Wrangler, but I just can’t justify a best MPG of 19 hwy (yes I’ve driven a TJ & JK). I like the 1st Gen 4Runners like this one, but I’m not sure if it will work well for our family.

Ideally I’d like something that will baby, has decent cargo room, and it would be nice if it can tow a small trailer/haul junk with on the rare occasion I need to make a dump run, but that’s not an absolute need. I also want it to be fun and not “beige”. The wife said a Wrangler wouldn’t be out of the question MPG-wise since I carpool and we use my co-worker’s car (I give him gas money every week), but I like to occasionally get out and go for a drive.

Thoughts from the Oppo gallery? Budget is around $10k, but I’m cheap. Seattle area but not afraid to hit Spokompton or Portlandia for something that catches the eye.