Absolutely true, that if GC's quality control is up to par, it would be a smashingly wonderful SUV. Toyota has raised the prices of the Land Cruiser to astronomical levels---$80k+. I looked at hte Sequoia--same 5.7 with horsepower and torque within 20-30 of GC but heavier and bigger. And of course, $55-60k for what would be the equivalent Limited/Platinum to my Overland. The 4Runner's current style reminds of me a Transformer toy; lines are abrupt, edges pop out in the headlights for no reason at all, with a very disjunctive cobbled together appearance. Cheap tires--but then we got cheap Badyear Farteras too.
The GC kind of caught my eye for a while but never really considered it until I bought a Laredo X for the missus. Wow, solid feeling, fast, powerful engine, nice outside with clean lines, chiseled form, uncluttered design that evokes the best of Audi/Land Rover LR4. The missus had a Toyota Matrix that ran well for 125k miles until the manual tranny just disintergrated. Oh What a feeling again.
So after driving her Laredo X a few times, I just had to get rid of my problematic Ram Cummins and try this. After getting some of the squeaks and rattled resolved, I am impressed.
The chatter over at the 4Runner forum comparing to the latest GC is just smug---just wait 'till the GC falls apart! I feel that Toyota is no longer as good as they were and Jeep is not as bad as they were. The quality control gap is closing and while there will always be some statistical anomaly by some poorly fitted specimens, the overall level is pretty darn good.
Just can't wait for my vacation in late summer to take the Overland for a good long drive---maybe to Chaco Canyon again or maybe Meteor Crater. I just finished the book "Worst Hard Time" about the lives of those hardy courageous folks who lilved through and survived the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma/Texas panhandle. Sounds like just the trip to take a Jeep.
These WK2 GC, especially the 2014s, are just gorgeous---lean, lithe, geometrically proportioned, muscular----dang, I am crooning over a car like it was some super model or something.....