If you still need a truck-based SUV for towing and want something a little different or more styling, the Mercury Mountaineer first comes to mind.
It’s mechanically the same as the Ford Explorer, which, by now, is a very competitive model with good performance and plenty of standard safety features, yet the Mountaineer comes with a more upscale look inside and out.
These models offer third-row seating and available V-8 engines.
The Chrysler Aspen is a Dodge Durango in upscale trim, with a big grille as its chief distinction, but the Aspen and Durango arguably are more cumbersome to drive, yet don’t have much more room inside.
The Toyota 4Runner is a relatively new entry under an old nameplate; it handles a bit better than most of the other vehicles in this class and has a full roster of safety features.
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|12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|AWD 4-Door 4.2i||RWD 4-Door Limited||RWD 4-Door V6 XLT||RWD 4-Door V6||RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SR5|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|