I have been very happy with my 2007 Saab 97x (Trailblazer clone) for quite a few years, but I really want the modern features now available and the little things I have to keep on top of are starting to be more then I want to deal with. So, shopping I went.
I was really a fan of the Dodge Durango, the tow capacity is stellar (6,000 lbs-ish), but as a used car shopper they just hold their value too well for me. I had a free day, so I thought I'd check out the Explorer and Acadia/Enclave as other options. I did a bit of research on each, both of them have 5,000 lb tow capacity. My 97x was 6500, but I was willing to give the reduction a shot, I don't tow that heavy.
I started with an Explorer, 2015 Limited. Wow was it loaded, every feature in the book. It was a nice drive, I would be happy with that. Headed down the road to try the Acadia/Enclave option. Tried a 2015 Acadia Denali, again loaded up. Great ride and I liked all the toys, but a bit bigger then I was used to. I did some parking attempts in the dealer lot and just didn't like the size. They also had a 2017 Acadia, but in for service. The 2017 is smaller and lighter and has the newest infotainment system. I drove a different one, and like it a lot. Turns out, when it's the last day of the month they'll go ahead and find the one you want, so they fetched if from service (was waiting for sway bar links, not a big deal).
Long story short, I wasn't really planning to buy but they really wanted to sell. After a couple of back and forths they put enough onto my trade and cut some fees to get where I was comfortable. The availability of the 2017 at a price I could work with was the big selling point (it has 74,000 miles on it, but I can work with that). It was a bit of a rush from trying to buying, but I'm very happy so far.
Bought on a Wednesday (late, closed them out) and on Thursday did a bit of running around and got the transmission drained and refilled (4.25 quarts, I don't like flushes). I will do this again at some point, I think fresh transmission fluid is cheap insurance. Friday we hitched up the boat and headed 2.5 hours up north to Higgins Lake. Had no issues, towed like a champ. The smaller 2017 has a tow capacity of 4,000 lbs so I was somewhat concerned, but it seems to fill my needs nicely. The transmission fluid temp (which is available on the dashboard info system) peaked at 182, but was pretty consistent in the 170's. The upgrade in technology is spectacular, I've got a lot of features to still figure out! I'm currently shopping for a cargo mat, and will probably get at least a good drivers mat for our Michigan winters at some point. It's very nice that I have no projects to work on, just driving and enjoying.