Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
congrats on the kid on the way and XJ's are by far safer, but if your child is the main concern i dont know if even an XJ is the safest.
Im sure ill get flamed for this but they keep the passengers safe, definetly, but are extremely rigid in accidents. I know we dont plan on getting side-swiped or hit trees but thats why they are accidents. XJ's design was started during a time for jeep when they were still meant for trail riding and getting beat on. Crumple zones werent really a priority at the time (considering the time as mid/ later 80s because the same design was kept for so long) After my accident, the impact of a fully loaded (ski gear, not other passengers) going around 40 into a tree was harsh. I survived but had a bit of whip lash- the frame bent in and my roof above me crumpled, the door jam bashed outwards. The bumper only pushed in about 6 inches. Going from 40 to dead stop in 6 inches is very harsh.
I still got another XJ because being young and healty, my body can handle it, but for younger kids, thats a harsh stop. I love my XJ, its a beast, it never stops, if i crash into someone/ something going slow, its a jeep of course, and going really fast, (for someone healthy enough/ strong enough to handle that force) the rigid frames gonna be good at not crumpling on me. But the technology volvo's, VW's, suburu's, and other cars, hell, even newer jeeps are still gonna be the best protection for your new loved one.
That being said. XJ is safer, holds more groceries and gear. and that back seat folded down is a great way to make new kids (though i prefer to wrap it before i tap it) and would be the safer choice
87 XJ pioneer-Totalled
96 XJ Sport- Sold
Now: 88 RENIX 4.0 XJ, Project Overlander
3.5" Lift, RE SF LCA's with skids, 31x10.50R15 Duratracs, ARB Roofrack, Custom Bumper, Glasspack, Bored TB, Custom seats