I currently have a 2010 Nissan Rogue which has been a good car but I want more off road capability. I was thinking an Xterra but finally went and drove it and a 4runner and that made up my mind. So, I'll be looking for a used 4runner with ~ 80k miles. Year will depend on what's available at the time. Planning sometime late spring/early summer 2015.
I did it. Just brought home a certified 2010 SR5 with heated leather seats, backup camera and 70k miles. I'm in love with my truck.
The correct answer to the OP is always a Toyota 4x4!