I've been a Ford guy forever and an SUV owner since 1990 and the time came to trade in my 07 Expedition after 82k miles. She was a great truck, hauled a lot of gear and folks, solid through mountain snows and saved my ass at least once with excellent braking but I wanted something smaller, like the 5 Explorers that I've owned over the years.
My dealer gave me an Explorer to drive for 24 hours and I hated it. It's now a front-drive platform and basically a glorified minivan. The seating position is best described as "kitchen table".
Four months ago I was researching a new sedan for my wife and I picked up on the Chrysler 300. She thought it was too big for her but damn that was a nice car. I could not stop thinking about it, how nice it drove, and continued to do research on it for myself. It has a RWD set-up with IRS like my Expedition, and once you've owned that there is no possibility of going back. Chrysler has come a long way with their past affiliation with Daimler and now Fiat. Did I still need an SUV or could I manage my life, work and play with a sedan?
After much contemplation I decided that I couldn't. I simply need the hauling capacity and that is that.
So I looked more in depth at the Chrysler products and found out about the Grand Cherokee. Holy crap it's got a Mercedes chassis, rear end and tranny. The Pentastar is a Ward's ten best. Legendary Jeep 4WD. Italian designed interior? Adjustable air suspension!
23mpg highway instead of 18 could save me $90/month based on $3.50/ gallon....
I fell in love with the Overland interior. Call me Shallow Hal I don't care.
My local dealer had about twelve on his lot, and every one of them was a V8. Wait, what about that silver one that just came in from a dealer-to-dealer trade? It's saddle-black, may fave....
After 8 weeks and 6000 miles I'm very happy with my decision.