We need a new boat/dog/bike/vacation hauler suitable for the long haul. Our second 3G 4Runner has been good to us. But it is 15 years old now, has over 100k miles and the seats flat out suck. It is getting to be a tired beast and we are tired of doing 2000 mile vacations in it. We tried a couple of 4G 4Runners and found it is a new body with even worse seats. I can save $25k by sticking with our current torture rack. So we tried a 5G 4Runner. WTF is Toyota thinking? A four door FJ Cruiser is not what we want. So we have to reboot on the replacement vehicle. We want something that is 4WD or AWD and can occasionally tow 4000 pounds to the boat ramp yet not be pure misery to travel in with a golden retriever in the back and all of our crap on board. We wanted body on frame but have just about given up on those unicorns. We need to stay under $25k. hopefully well under. A salesman at our Audi/Acura dealership where we looking at a used 4G 4Runner almost has me sold on a 2006 MDX Touring. Almost. We had terrible luck with two Civics so it is a hard sell. But this thing has a sweet interior and can supposedly tow. Consumer Reports likes it and all the reviews seem to like. So I turn to the real experts for the final word. Anybody have any experience with these things? And, no, I don't want a TDI.