What is the Swiss army knife of cars?

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A car that meets every need that arises, from hauling sheetrock to carving corners? It just can't be possible, can it? Sure it can, depending on your needs and tolerance for compromise. What is the Swiss army knife of cars?

At the risk of being tagged a drooling, blindly aspirational catchpole of the petit-bourgeois, my vote goes to the BMW X5M. It handles corners a bit better than the Porsche Cayenne S, and while it can't swallow an entire standard slab of sheetrock, it can... ok, it can't go off road either. Ok, it's good in the snow. There must be others, right?

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hammerheadfistpunch
HammerheadFistpunch

I vote for my Forester XT. The 2005 model year had the best combination of the EJ255, the short gearing for the 5 speed model and no stability or traction control. When new it was tested 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Its light and with the right tires its very good on a twisty road, it also tackles moderate off-roading pretty well. I tow utility trailers and small boats with it all the time. It takes me skiing, canyoneering and has been driven in rally cross events and club races. no modifications aside from beefier suspension mounting points and a hitch. Oh, it also holds boat loads of gear and gets 26 mpg on the highway.