I still see quite a few XJ's on the road, driven by men and women. I agree they are a good compromise between the Wrangler and the street machines. It's a great vehicle to load up with gear, drive hundreds of miles and then take it off road through rutted forest roads and deep snow. Still not all that tall so you can load stuff on the roof rack with no problems.
Unfortunately I'm not a fan of the Wranglers removable top.(And why the heck does the Sport only come with a black interior, worst idea ever, does anyone like a black interior?) Even though I have my panties in the bunch I still admire the off road prowess of the Wrangler. Truthfully more capability than what I need.
Looked hard at the Patriot as a replacement due to the fuel economy. Wish it had more ground clearance. After having an XJ the Patriots window visibility was lacking all around(just like many of the new crossovers). Cargo capacity was less than the XJ. Don't want a front wheel drive either. And not as ergonomic as my XJ.
I guess that leaves the Liberty. Actually an old Liberty, because they are changing that also. Most likely will end up with a KJ or a 2008 KK(manual tranny). It's about the closest thing out there to an XJ. At least the ladies like them
. I've been checking them out for years, Liberties that is, and 95% of them are driven by women. So I guess it will be me and the ladies
. My friend, after 2 years with a Lib, still wishes she had her XJ.
Long story short, Jeepers definitely need new XJ.