Been talking with my dad, planning ot either buy or lease a new vehicle in the next 12 months or so, and I'm torn between a fuel efficient city car and a go-everywhere 4x4/SUV. I'm wondering if there's a compromise someplace, a 4x4 truck or SUV that is very capable off road that at the same time gets ok mpg. The budget's $23,500 ($3500 is trade in value of my current vehicle). My dad is willing to either help me pay 50% to buy my own car or he'll just lease a Honda CRV. He says it can go off road. I don't think my dad really understand what I mean by off road. not a graded dirt road, I'm taking like a rough rocky road in the mountains. A Jeep is ideal in terms of off road capability, but they get terrible mpg. i also heard they got some reliability issues. So, can anyone help me? point me in the right direction? suggest something?