2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 5A)
Bought as subsitute for a FJ Cruiser. FJ is too expensive used. JGC-Loredo was in my P range - meets my wants & requirements. Bought used with ~25K mi. Would not recommend brand new purchase - too expensive. Wife likes it, good crash ratings (5/5 & 4/5). Not so good in traffic. Not driven in bad weather or long trips yet. Price can be great if used. I see lots of older JGCs on the road - leads me to believe it is a quality vehicle. OVERALL RATING: WOULD RECOMMEND. Cheap if used, good quality, fun to drive. Meets SUV and comfort expectations. See other fields for additional info.
I like the rugged SUV style. Drives smooth, yet Jeep like. Hauled some heavy/big stuff to Goodwill and it worked out great. Backseat seems ok, and trunk is sufficient.
Perhaps a larger standard engine in future? I know older Cherokee's have V6 4.0 L. It still has some pick-up-&- go, but I could see how the V8 would be helpful. No other suggestions - I got a good deal for what I paid.