Since its inception, the SUV’s underlying philosophy has been that it should be fit to haul a family, ready for work duties and just as competent on-road as it is off-road. And judging from what the best manufacturers are pumping out these days, we might be nearing peak SUV.
Do you want a track-focused model? One that’s trail rated? An SUV that cocoons you in luxury and hand-stitched leather? Whatever your preference is, you can’t go wrong. But to slim down the market for you, we vetted and curated our favorites to make your decision that much easier.
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
No longer must cool dads suffer driving an SUV than doesn’t match their style.
Porsche Macan GTS
Pikes Peak is a true test for any man or machine. That should speak volumes for the Porsche Macan GTS (along with Associate Editor Nick Caruso).
For a casual day of muddin’, it’s hard to beat the 2016 Rubicon.
As campy as the Lincoln commercials with Matthew McConaughey were, their cars have actually turned out to be quite the head-turners.
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
The Trailhawk may be the most rugged trim you can spec a Jeep Cherokee in, but put it through its paces around town and it won’t falter.
It’s become a suburban staple over the years — but you can bet that if the Expedition can handle a mountain range in southern Mexico, it can handle your kid’s soccer practice.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel
Nevermind VW and Dieselgate; over in Detroit, Jeep has cranked out an outstanding diesel SUV you didn’t even know was available.
Just because the G63 is a biturbo-V8-powered German tank doesn’t mean it can’t attract a fanbase of sweet old ladies.
The most expensive SUV ever made is also one of the most capable.