I agree that if you don't need the V8 your better off not getting it, but don't let gas mileage get you down. My WJ with the HO V8 gets better gas mileage than my Wrangler'* 4.0 did back when she was stock. But while I won't debate the dependibility of the 4.0 (it'* the main reason I LOVE my TJ) the 4.7 is very strong and proving itself to be reliable as well. The 5.7
I'll wait a while for it to prove itself, the idea of the variable displacement makes me nervous like Scotty said "the more you overtake the plumbing, the easier it is to clog up the drain"
as far as VUEs, my mother in law has one, the '05 with the Honda engine. LOTS of pep, but it feels like an overgrown power wheels. To cheap and plasticy compared to my Overland Grand Cherokee.