I am considering buying one of several SUV cars with a GVWR of close to 6000 lbs (tax purposes- found that thread VERY helpful!) I live in Napa CA, but have a cabin in Tahoe, so the car needs to perform well going basically from sea level to 7500 ft, and in snow & ice, upon occassion. Also, I want a "luxury" vehicle, but I don't need the best and most expensive, and would like to take advantage of current specials which end soon. Currently own a '02 Expedition, (7200 GVWR) which has been a good car, and does great in the mountains, but is too big to drive around town and The Valley. I am considering the SRX (I'm assuming the V-8 best choice?), Lincoln Aviator, Lexus GS 470, Jeep Grand Cherokee; possiblt the BMW X5, or Infinity QX56. I would very sincerely appreciate any input and advice regarding the performance of the SRX in mountains and snow, and advice RE: current specials, and/or knowledge advice about the other cars listed which might guide me in my choice - which I must make soon – would be very greatly appreciated! THANKS!