At least get real four wheel drive. I despise AWD with a passion. AWD is designed so that soccar moms, with short attention spans, can have some sort of 4wd. Usually it's weak and no better than a solid 2wd setup. The 33%/66% split stuff is complete hogwash unless you're talking about a Nissan GTR or better. Nothing mechanical really splits that well without costing serious $$$. Don't fall for marketing. AWD is for road use only and suffers quickly when a simple dirt road encounters rain or snow.
And don't waste your life in a 2wd. Living in fear of hard packed earth with wet grass on top is no way to go through life.
But if you still want a softer, more posh 4x4, I'd look towards:
Ford F150 (especially the fun loving Raptor)
I'd have to give the edge to the new Fords, especially if you get one with the 6.2L!
I'd avoid the GM's. Excellent V8's and decent transmissions, but spotty QC on everything else lately. I Dodged a bullet (oh the pun) when my friend bought the GMC 2500HD I wanted. I really don't think that most of the decision makers at GM actually drive GM vehicles anymore, and the ones that do, probally have never tried anything else. I'm really disappointed with my works fleet of GM's.
I was in a Chevy truck last night that had a giant orange light readout on the rear view mirror for airbag status. That's just what I need at night, a giant orange light screwing up my night vision. I actually broke the cheap plastic lower mirror trying to get it to swing wide enough to actually show the road and not just the side of the truck. If they can't even figure out simple mirror and driver controls, imagine how bad the more complex stuff is.
'08 Ford F250 XL
Half of a '94 Jeep YJ
'02 Honda CRF450r, '04 Ford Mach1