Owned this vehicle for 5 years, 80K miles. Great on gas (compared to other mid-size SUVs). Very reliable. Great in the snow, much better than my 2000 Mountaineer. Only problem - had to have power lock motors replaced on 2 doors.
Stability, 4x4 system, nice rims.
The doughnut spare tire is a pain - takes up space in the cargo area, blocks the view, and is basically worthless. I prefer full size spares under the cargo area, or in the cargo area floor.