Hm...check out any subaru's? I'm pretty sure they do well.
If you're in the market for smaller suv's (I assume so, since you linked the patriot) the ford escape? or um..... I read that daimler announced lifetime powertrain warranty, powertrain, non transferable, every 5 year inspection at registered dealer. If you put a lot of miles on your car (dayum jill, 40,000?) looking into one of those would be good. (like that jeep)
for some reason i keep looking at the scion suv, wishing it wouldn't look so goofy. it reminds me of a honda element... my roommate a year or two ago had an element, and it was awesome. i still think they look funny, though.
but yall are giving good suggestions... i'll have to look into subaru and toyota more.
i don't want a HUGE suv... mid-size to compact is what i'm looking for. hybrid would be great. the hippie side of me says to kill the suv, but my greedy side says screw it. so i'll compromise at a good gas-mileage suv.
Jeeps are awesome, But Volkswagons are BEASTS. thats a tough decision. I have been in a Jeep Patriot and it was roomy but not sooo much space it has a nice ride and definately feels like it could take on a mountain with ease. Alot of power. And I love the toureag look but I think thats all its for. Jeep knows what theyre doing. its a true SUV.
if you're not towing anything, you're just cementing the stereotype that us americans are a bunch of power hungry retards who can't get off their high horse and realize they are killing the environment. lol
Get a minivan! It's not like you need it for the snow in Mississippi.....