THE SELL: Big-wheeled, plush-riding rig. THE TEST: The wheels on the 3.6-liter SRX have a larger diameter than those on most vehicles, which, I theorize, follows the same principle behind 29er mountain-bike wheels: the bigger the wheel, the easier it rolls over crud and mud. During a Colorado blizzard, the SRX did just that while I was ensconced inside, warmed by its heated seats and, yes, steering wheel. The rear cargo area’s adjustable fence held groceries snug, while a compartment in the floor swallowed up muddy gear. THE VERDICT: The SRX hits the sweet spot: gear haulability, a smooth luxury ride, and all-condition readiness. Averaging nearly 21 mpg in mixed driving conditions seals the deal. 16 mpg city/23 hwy
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