The upgraded Rock Creek package available on the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder vaults that version near the front of the growing number of crossover SUVs with improved severe weather and off-road capabilities.

The trend should be of special interest to Pacific Northwest residents who enjoy the great outdoors. Car-like crossovers get better mileage and are easier to drive than truck-based SUVs. But they have never been as good on tough trails and in rugged conditions. Now a growing number of manufacturers are offering factory-installed option that improve their ability to reach remote campsites without violating their warranties.

Jim Redden is a reporter based in Portland, Ore.

“I am a community journalist because that is where the greatest need is. There are many sources of information and opinion about international and national issues. But most people are more affected by what happens in their local communities. That is where they live, work and shop. That is where their children go to school. That is where their elected officials, business owners and labor leaders are most accessible. And that is why people need the most current information what is happening — or, more importantly, what is going to happen — in their communities. Providing accurate and up-to-date information that people need to make well-informed decisions on the issues they care about is what community journalism is all about.”

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