Past Models of SUV's with Stellar Reputations
I currently drive a 2005 BMW 330Ci, which despite the common notion that older BMW's and German cars come with a lot of maintenance and reliability headaches - this car has behaved essentially like a new car, needing nothing more than routine maintenance in my few years of ownership. I was very diligent when searching for it, ensuring I found one that was very well taken care of, and I'm sure a bit of it is luck as well. I'm hoping I can find something similar in the SUV market.
Anyway, hoping for suggestions for specific years and models to look into.
1. known to have good reliability
2. good (ideally great) fuel economy
3. has some fun-to-drive factor
*2 and 3 likely contradict each other in many instances, so I might be willing to seek out a balance and give up *some* fuel efficiency for driving fun, depending on the car.
Appreciate any and all suggestions!