Going tire-kicking is a great idea! If you see something that looks like a possibility go home and get online and check to see what the manufacturer specs are. Don't believe everything a salesperson tells you.
Also keep in mind that unless you are going to stay local or stick to I-5 or east on I-84 a ways, there are hills and mountains to the west and east. No fun in an underpowered vehicle heading up over a pass.
If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger