2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
This iteration of the Explorer has been given a bad rap by the Consumer Reports mavens. It's a competent, comfortable, reliable ride with only one bad habit: it drinks too much. If you need serious hauling capacity, sweet highway manners, bad-weather & bad road capability, and aren't averse to a little interior luxury, this ride deserves a look. I've had it for almost a year, and it's been a pleasure from day one. It laughs at winter (and we've had a bad one so far).
The Mustang V8 and the 6-speed tranny. Power and pep, smoothly delivered. There's serious cargo capacity in this vehicle--biggest among all the competitors I checked out. The 4Runner was my 2nd choice, partly for this reason.
Gas mileage, obviously. And the fake wood trim....it doesn't do anything for me.