Rant warning: rant ahead...
Buy the vehicle that's most appropriate for your needs. If you have a large family or need to tow, then an SUV is a decent choice. If you commute 50+ miles per day each way, buy a comfy but economical commuter car. If you have both needs, then each person should use the appropriate vehicle.
As far as gas and mileage goes, there's a reason the government mandates the mileage number be listed on the window sticker on a new car. If you own a vehicle that gets bad mileage, and you complain about it, then you seriously need to take a good long look in the mirror at Captain Obvious staring back at you. I'm so tired of hearing people complain about how our trucks get crappy mileage and that the resale value sucks. News flash: the resale or trade value of ANY USED CAR SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!! Anything with a motor that burns fuel and is used on a regular basis is going to lose value. Any vehicle that weighs ~5,000 lbs, has permanent 4WD and has (mostly) a V8 engine is going to get mediocre mileage. Want mileage, buy a Civic or Prius, but don't expect me to bail you out of a snowdrift when you get stuck. Want capability, buy an SUV like ours, but don't expect me to listen to you complain about the bad mileage of your vehicle. Complaining about lack of engine choices (i.e.: diesels) will be tolerated but only for a short time.
In short, you bought your ticket, now you get to ride the ride. Don't complain that its the wrong ride after you've sat down and its started, there's no turning back at that point.
Rant over, now returning to our original thread...
2006 XK Sport, 4.7l, QTII- many mods
'An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."- Robert A. Heinlein
"Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."- George Orwell
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