2003 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 5A)
I used to own a Honda Mini Van but wanted to upgrade to an SUV. With lots of research work, I kept coming back to Montero Limited. The Price/Feature combo sold me a 5k mile driven SUV for a huge discount. It's a dark midnight blue with black leather interior. It currently has 85k miles. Besides regular oil/filter changes, I performed a major scheduled maintenance at 60K. Flushed fluids thru dealer, changed front/rear axle oil and spark plugs (DIY). Changed front brake pads at 40k interval and rear brakes once so far. A very reliable truck/SUV with no problems at all as long as you use genuine parts and keep up with maintenance. Planning on driving it up to 300k miles.
It may seem small from outside but it's big and roomy from inside. Visibility is excellent in all directions. Fun to drive in long or short distance. Third row seat comes handy when needed.
Handling can be improved a bit during sudden maneuvering but still not bad for an SUV. Wider wheels to match the body style.