I bought the hoe and ever since I've loved it. Awesome horsepower with a few upgrades, "headers, K and N air filter, performance exhaust." With a fuel system flush and tranny flush I have gotten better fuel economy but for the ponies its pushing I'm ok with it. It's awesome for mudding and pull offs. But if working the overdrive transmission it needs a BG tranny flush and the conditioner for protection. I've had to do regular maintenance but what vehicle doesn't need it. If your looking for fun go with General Motors.
The POWER is AWESOME! I love the whole way this vehicle was built and designed. Its perfect for offroading witch is what ford cant do with the explorer, and isn't that bad on gas, unlike the dodge durango getting a boosting 8mpgs.
I would say increase the gear ratio to raise the mpgs but then it would be more difficult to offroad.