Considering buying a DD Citadel with 3.6L pentastar
I am looking for a new vehicle.
Currently own 2003 Expedition EB, 110K miles (never had any problems), daily driver is 2008 VW Touareg V8 with air suspension, 93K miles (love it) and my wife has her 2006 Honda Odyssey with 85K miles.
Heading into retirement we are trying to simplify our lives and buy just one new vehicle that "can do it all" and keep it for 10 years+. Time frame is 5-8 months before the extended warranty on the VW runs out.
Requirements: 4 wheel drive, minimum 5000 lbs towing for possible Ultra-lite towing in the future, fuel efficiency, long extended warranty (minimum 10 year, 150K miles...), can be serviced and repaired anywhere (from Alaska to Yukon Territories...).
I looked at Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, the new 2018 Expedition (will come out in 4-6 months).
I already ruled out: Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS, BMW M5 and Audi Q7 as it would take forever to repair them (also exorbitantly expensive) if something happened in the middle of nowhere. Explorer is bland and has low reliability (2 strikes against it).
While Consumer Reports puts the Honda Pilot into the "high reliability" category, Truedelta has actually higher percentage of repairs on the 2017 Pilot versus the 3rd gen Durango.
Pilot and Highlander offer extended factory warranty up to 8 years and 120K miles and 125K miles. Even Expedition has a maximum 8 year/150K miles warranty.
My questions are:
Does Dodge/Mopar still offer the lifetime (no milage limit) warranty?
The Hemi runs and tows better but how much of a difference is there in the fuel economy? With us planning on traveling a lot during retirement, highway fuel mileage would be more important than city driving. What's the difference between the pentastar and the hemi in real life driving? Any difference in reliability between the engines?
Anything else I should know/consider?