Re: Need an SUV...
If you're looking used, buy American... they depreciate nice and fast, which means super deals for you.
Watch for the year/mileage. I forget the exact details, but banks rarely will finance a vehicle more than 5 years old and/or with over 70,000 miles (again, check you salesman for the exact numbers, if it's an honest salesman they'll tell you). You can finance such a vehicle, but the interest will be quite high. So it is likely less expensive to buy a newer vehicle(by saving on interest).
Other than that... Jeeps are famously great in crummy conditions. I *think* the Grand Cherokee is available with a 3rd row seat.