I just scanned a review by Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press - it was in the Sunday edition of our Phoenix Paper. I did a quick look on-line and didn't see it, so I'll just quote part of it here.
He decided that the Ford Explorer was the "truck of the year" edging out the Durango with the JGC in 3rd place. And his reasoning was ...
"The driver may have more fun in the Durango, but the driver's enjoyment is a secondary goal for seven-seat crossover SUVs. Job 1 is carrying kids comfortably and economically. The Explorer does that a little better."
#1) I always thought crossovers were "SUV"-like critter built on car chassis. Didn't think Explorers or Durangos or JGCs would be considered "crossovers" - maybe I'm wrong?
#2) If the competition is for "Truck of the Year" where the hell does hauling kids figure in? That should be a criterion for "Minivan of the Year".
#3) Why is he even mentioning the JGC? He doesn't care about off-road chops and wants to haul 7 people.
Ironically, he says lots of nice things about the Durango and the JGC. In particular he compliments the engineers for staying focused and delivering great products despite the recent Chryco turmoil.