Best All-Around Vehicle
So I currently have an XJ on tons that I don't really expect to ever make street legal again. I also have a 2000 Dodge Cummins and a car hauler to tow the Jeep. The truck has also served as my daily driver for years. For the past couple years though I've had a company vehicle so I don't really need 2 vehicles anymore. Besides, having 1 ton locked axles makes me miss the old days of driving through town to the trails, and a time when things were more challenging.
That being said, I'm at a point where I'd really like to simplify my life and meet all my vehicle needs with one vehicle, and figured I'd ask everyone here for their opinions. I've listed my criteria below, which are currently met with my 2 vehicles and a trailer. I'd like to accomplish these things with 1 vehicle. Any suggestions?
-4 wheel drive. I live in the woods in New Hampshire.
-Ability to haul stuff (my current truck is great, I'm never worried about overloading it) I also now own a house, so a truck would be great
-Definitely the ability to go off roading with something nimble, preferably an XJ-sized vehicle.
-Get 20 mpg (my truck gets 19-22 depending on use, usually 20-ish)
-Cost less than 10k
-Ability to plow the driveway
-Preferably not a foreign make (guess I'm just old school), but I may consider it
-Something not too cramped
-MUST BE FUN TO DRIVE. A straight-pipe 24 valve with a turbo whistle is fun, as is a Jeep that I can spontaneously turn off the road and rip up some trail
The Jeep is loads of fun to drive, but the extra costs of wheeling something like that could be better spent elsewhere. Besides, most trails around here are pretty easy. I'm in my mid 20s and must be getting an old mindset, because I'm starting to think about boring stuff like: long-term savings, fixing up the house, etc. I'd like to build something that can do everything in my list (or at least most).
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