My wife drives 2019 voltswagon atlas. Compact. 3 rows. Back seat folds down. Several bells and whistles. But you can get a toned down version. Drives great. Gets 22-25 mpg. Rides great. Lots of safety features. I’m a big fan of it.
I have an 05 Tacoma with 147,000 on it and also have an 05 4-Runner with 110,000 on it. Both vehicles fit me to a Tee! I drove the Tacoma for years as my everyday driver but needed something for longer drives with my family. I found the 4-Runner with 92,000 on it and couldn't have made a better choice. Never turned a bolt on either one of the vehicles. I have owned the Tacoma for 13 years and the 4-Runner for 3 years. My wife does not like the Toyota line, as she prefers the smaller Lincolns.
By the way, this is the fifth Tacoma I have owned. I usually get offered a price that I cant turn down and sell. Now is not a good time to be buying one as prices are out the roof.
Drove the wifes 4runner today, first time in a few weeks that Ive drove it. It brought a few more critical things to mind that were important to me.
1. Full body on frame construction.
2. A REAL transmission.
3. TRUE 4 wheel drive.
4. Solid rear axle.
5. Rear wheel drive until 4x4 is engaged.
6. A towing package that can actually tow something.
A 4runner checks ALL of these boxes. Ive always been a GM person, we have never bought anything new that wasn't a GM until the 1st 4runner in '19. GM just doesn't make anything less than a Tahoe that is a real 4x4 and rear wheel drive. We looked at and drove them all.
My wife’s 2011 Mercedes GL350 rides pretty good. I paid 13000 three years ago at 155k. Older couple from Birmingham drove it and had all the expensive repairs with the air shocks already completed. A Bosch Alternator repair got me for 1000, but it is going strong at 210k. Already got new warranty airbag replacements and now need to replace some fuel thing. It seems MB rigged the emissions tests and there was a class action suit. Lawyers get rich and I get $3200 check after I have the dealer fix for free. So far, this vehicle has been a great deal.