I would agree if you didn't go for "idiot" from the get-go to describe the good folks of TFL. If you don't wish a shouting fest (those are your words, not mine), my humble take would be to avoid this kind of language.Of course man just pointing out the inconsistent logic in the argument. If online chatter has you worried be careful going out in public friend. (Before someone gets their undies in a bunch, I mean argument as in: a statement or series of statements for or against something, not a shouting fest.)
That aside, I did cross-shop for both the Willys and the 4Runner since I needed a good, reliable, 4X4 machine to get me through everything when we get 70 (yeah, that's 70 as in 7-0) centimeters of snow. Ended up not absolutely needing the size or the gas mileage (or lack of) that 4Runner offers. But I can see why one would be tempted by both.
Other reason: we got very old, reckless, dangerous elders drivers in Eastern Quebec. The smaller your vehicle, the less chances you get for a 75 year-old man "not seeing your car" and smashing his burbon Grand Marquis in your rig.