I'm in the same boat and honestly going to go with whatever motor I get the best deal on (2.7, 3.5 or 5.0). Mine will be used for normal trips to the hardware store and some slight towing. Most I'll be towing is a clamshell two place snowmobile trailer or a SxS on an open trailer. Any motor should do that for me no problem. Kinda liking the 2.7 since it's my DD and the little extra MPGs would help. And I'm coming from a 5.0 Explorer so they'll all feel like beasts.