Nissan has its Murano for crossover shoppers, so the Pathfinder takes position in its lineup for those who need a serious truck.
First off, more carlike choices such as the Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, or Nissan's own Murano are all better choices than the 2010 Pathfinder if you don't plan to tow or haul regularly.
The Toyota 4Runner was completely redesigned last year, and it ends up feeling better appointed inside and offers a bit more comfort.
Like the Pathfinder, the 4Runner is focused on off-roading and serious truck duty, though there's a new base four-cylinder 4Runner model that offers slightly better fuel economy.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is all-new for 2011, and with smooth, responsive powertrains, a well-tuned chassis, and top-notch safety, the Grand is quite possibly the best vehicle in this class for those who need to tow but don't want to give up luxury.
But for those who are willing to sacrifice some 'truckiness' in the name of more frugal operation, the all-new Ford Explorer is a promising candidate.
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