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Are You the One? Nissan Pathfinder gets my vote for official car of Ice Storm 2013

Posted on January 9th, 2014

One year and six months ago, I lost the love of my life when my faithful 1996 Saturn passed on. Instead of jumping into another “relationship,” I opted to spend a year off-road and take my time choosing a nice, new vehicle. In the months ahead, I’ll be reviewing the cars that are vying to fill the big shoes my Saturn left behind.

So much in a relationship depends on timing. It could be the right match at the wrong time, the wrong match at the wrong time or it could be the Nissan Pathfinder landing in your lap on the eve of Ice Storm 2013.

As was the case with me.

I had booked my date with the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid many weeks in advance of that brutal weather event, back when we were all wearing running shoes and fully expecting the usual green Christmas.

I was looking forward to my rendezvous, but I can t say I had butterflies. I am gradually discovering that I m an SUV person, but the Pathfinder wasn t really on my radar as a … beast. It s a solid, reliable, nice-looking vehicle if you like crossovers, but it doesn t have that raw edge I look for in a mate (because some people never learn).

However. There s something about this vehicle that puts you instantly at ease.

It has that comfortable, nice-guy aura, with all the personality traits that bode well for a cosy future, such as a heated steering wheel, heated seats and panoramic moonroof.  It s elegant without being excessive. It s roomy without being ridiculous.

It’s smooth without being sappy.

It s damn nice, is what it is.

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And the pleasant surprises continue as you get to know it better. Hey, it s got tons of cargo space and seats seven: that ll come in handy. Hey, it s got a trailer hitch and the electrical plug for the trailer lights: how thoughtful. Aw, heated side mirrors? That s so sweet of you!

Wait, are those knobs and dials on your console instead of all that touch me nonsense? Omigosh. I I think I m starting to like you as more than a friend.

So the Pathfinder and I were getting along swimmingly, absent butterflies notwithstanding, when the ice storm hit like a frozen fist.

I m sure I don t have to recount the … that that turned out to be, but let me just say that my mother, who lives about 20 minutes and a few country roads away from me, was hit especially hard.

When I couldn t reach her by phone, I turned to my new buddy and said, Guess what, Pathfinder? We re going icebogging.

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We hit the messy, snow-clogged backroads in the … of night, and by the time I pulled up in front of Mom s house, my heart was in my throat.  Shattered trees lay everywhere, traumatized power lines were draped over houses that were dark as pitch.

Mom was aghast when she opened the door (wearing her winter coat and boots). You shouldn t have risked it on these treacherous roads! she said.

I motioned to my trusty steed. It was nothing, I said. I ve got this big ol truck.

And it was true. It had felt like nothing. I had put it in 4X4 and never once felt nervous. The 2014 Pathfinder may look like a crossover, but it handles like a truck in all the right ways.

In the four days that followed, I made many trips back and forth on those Martian roads, including one to bring Mom to wait it out at my house, and the Pathfinder was rock-solid every step of the way. It handled like a champ on all road surfaces — the only hiccup being a tendency to slip out of 4X4 and into 2WD — and thanks to its hybrid genes, it was extremely easy on gas.

All in all, it had found a special place in my heart.

I never thought I d consider buying a truck solely on the basis of its being amazing in ice storms, but I would now. And let me tell you, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid would be at the top of that list.

Heart Score: 8.9 out of 10

Price: $39,248 As tested (Platinum package): $49,198

Marie Sutherland is editor of Follow her quest for new wheels online.

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