Off-road grades: SUV trims muddle the line between off-road intenders and soft-road pretenders

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, left, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, right
What separates a crossover from an SUV? In the old days, a body-on-frame design along with a 2-speed transfer case for low gearing used to be the litmus test. Now, except for truck-based full-size SUVs, most vehicles in this most popular segment are based on unibody construction. Yet automakers continue to hark back to those days with trim lines...

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