I currently drive an 02 Explorer. I like the automatic 4x4 when traction is needed. The mileage is decent at 22 mpg in the summer on cruise control and flat hwy roads. It is around 18 in the winter. It has been reliable transportation and cargo carrier. THe seats are horribly uncomfortable. In fact, the leg room is crunched with the door handle shrinking my knee space. I am looking for another SUV in the next 2 days. I would appreciate all recommendations for a best-balanced offering from any of the manufacturers available: Hwy mileage 20 mpg or slightly better cargo room to hold 4-8 plywood sheet (seats folded down) or snowthrower (slanted rear ends really cut out cubic space) 4x4, auto traction preferred (instead of having to stop and lock in lo or hi 4x4) Reliable performance mechanically and electrically. Not a big horsepower guy, but I guess 260 HP and similar torque are available on modern 6 cylinder engines. I do not tow anyhting bigger than a Uhaul utility trailer $32-33K price So, I am looking at a Pathfinder, 4Runner, Pilot, 06 Explorer, TrailBlazer, or Commanche. I think I have dropped the idea of the Pilot (short cargo space), Commanche ($41,000 for the thing. The Pathfinder is roomy, has nice styling, but gets 18mpg hwy with those huge tires. I may as well get a full sized Tahoe with that kind of mileage. I have no clue on a 4 Runner regarding cubic space, cost, ergonomics, or power. I hesitate towards getting another Explorer. I do like the independent suspension (Pilot has it too). The TrailBlazer is roomy, but looks pretty dated. In fact, it is not that much cheaper than a Tahoe. All feedback based upon first-hand ownership experience will be appreciated. I am really wondering whether the fullsized trucks are all that bad for fuel consumption? I drive a lot of hwy.