So my mom, who currently drives an ‘06 v6 Jeep Commander, may be looking for a new car. Budget of around $15k. She really likes Wranglers and FJ Cruisers but the FJs are too damned expensive and we’re thinking that a Wrangler isn’t a great choice for highway commuting. This is what she wants:

  • 5 seat SUV, she likes the styling of the Wrangler and the FJ
  • Better mpg than the Commander, hopefully above 20 avg
  • Good for highway commuting (quiet, comfortable, etc.)
  • AWD/4x4
  • 2010+ model year
  • Around $15k
  • Under 100k miles

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t think of a reliable car that satisfies all of these. She kinda likes the Jeep Renegade, but I’ve heard bad enough things about the 9 speed to try to steer her away from it. This is what I’ve come up with:

Anyone have any feedback/better ideas?