2006 Volkswagen Touareg V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
At first I was hesitant to buy this car because of poor ratings for the 04 model. I'm glad I did. It gets better gas mileage (18 mpg) than the 02 Explorer, had every possible option, sounds outstanding when hitting the gas, and the stereo with navigation is close to what I have in my house. This car drives like the Porsche for about 15K less cash. Excellent capability this winter in the snow, excellent handling.
Heated seats all around, backup camera, AWESOME stereo, and navigation is fun to use. Change the language to French or Italian for a twist.
Putting the rear seats down takes some getting used to, but plenty of room is made. The parking sensors beep sometimes when you're in slow traffic and close to people in front or behind. But there's a button to turn it off.