2009 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4x4

Despite all its luxury amenities - including a nav system, heated seats, and heated steering wheel - the Pathfinder is an SUV that, with its available low-range four-wheel-drive mode, is capable of going farther off-road than the unpaved parking lot at the cider mill and can help you plow through two-foot snow drifts when winter's wrath strikes. On the other hand, it's heavy (almost 5000 pounds) and expensive ($40,000-plus) and doesn't get great mileage (16 mpg combined fuel economy rating), and if you only want a seven-passenger vehicle because you need to haul your family to church and school and the shopping mall, there are many vehicles that will fill the bill as well as (or better than) the Pathfinder. It's not as refined as many of its crossover rivals, but the Pathfinder is still a solid entry in its class, a vehicle that would be easy to live with as an everyday driver.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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