Alexonautos mentioned that he purchased a Dodge Durango as it was one of the few vehicles that hit the target for towing, and had a V8 available. Albeit, the trunk space (lack) for such a large vehicle was an issue, it wasn't his highest priority.
In his charting, the Ford Explorer was the competitor to it as it has the towing capability and size.
The ST versions are really really cool. It reminds me of the SVT versions of vehicles Ford used to pump out.
I'm not sold on Ford quality, though. In my mind, if I'm forking out this type of money, I really have to think of spending the extra 3-5k on a Toyota or Lexus. Maybe something 1-2 years old even. But size, function, and what's available on the market and what fits your needs - impossible to ignore it.
I was at my independent auto mechanic. The Shop manager is reaallly nice guy and helpful, operating the place for years. His mechanics, they all drive Toyotas or Hondas.
One his customers pulled up in a Dodge Caravan (new), came in with a coffee for him.
We started discussing the price and the what a good deal it was for the money (Dodge). We started talking about how much more expensive a Toyota Sienna is, and a Honda Odyssey is, in comparison.
I said to his customer.."you know, when you look at vehicles, look at what car your mechanic drives. I mean, those guys fix vehicles for a living, they know what shows up in their shop and what doesn't."
We turned to the shop Manager and asked him - "hey, what do you drive".
He said, "I own a Sienna", as he looked down at his invoicing.