2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 5A)
This was my first Jeep purchase, I had previously been driving a sporty 2dr pontiac. I have been extremely pleased with the vehicle. It covers all dimensions of what you would want. It still is a "prestigious" vehicle to drive and show off, the off road capabilities are excellent (which is very useful in snow/rain situations, it has enough cargo space to haul a number of different kinds of large items, and the handling at high or low speeds is not that much different than my previous sporty CAR. I commute a total of 40 miles each day, sometimes i take the highway, sometimes regular roads. It performs great on either, and my average MPG on the gauge has been steady at 17.1 - not too bad.
Four Wheel Drive, Ipod aux outlet in stereo, stereo sound quality, being able to run over anything/everything.
The V-6 that i have is adequate in all situations, it is not slow. However, as someone who can get impatient waiting for other drivers, i think upgrading to the V-8 is a good idea. Interior could also appear more plush, but that's not what a jeep is necessarily for.