The 4WD Grand Vitara and its sister the Chevy Tracker make excellent toads. They are a little less refined than some other 4WD SUVs, but we owned two (a 2000 and a 2003) and drove/towed them a total of 90k miles with few problems. I did have an O2 sensor fail on the 2003 (at 45k miles) but they fixed that under warranty. A friend has put 80k miles on his GV with essentially zero problems.
The ground clearance is less than a Jeep, but it's a capable offroad vehicle too. Not for rock climbing or stump jumping, but adequate for many trails.
2004 American Tradition; 2014 Buick LaCRosse
Homebase in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL