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Tough Body-On-Frame SUVs You Can Buy Today


Crossovers are all the rage. But, if you’re into off-roading and need to tow heavy trailers, there’s no replacing traditional truck-based SUVs. Here are some of the best ones you can buy now.

Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe

These tough SUVs are based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Silverado. They boast almost 10 inches of ground clearance with air springs with independent rear suspension that can take you anywhere in relative comfort. They also offer 122 cubic feet of cargo space, making it practical for families.

GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

These are based on the Sierra and Silverado truck frame but offer better fuel economy, cargo space, and optional extras. For those that prefer total luxury, there’s the Denali package that includes 22-inch wheels, air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, and rear-seat entertainment screens.

Cadillac Escalade

The sixth-generation of this big SUV can be bought with a 420hp 6.2L V8 or a 277hp 3.0L turbo-diesel. It also features a digital gauge cluster and infotainment display. Audiophiles can go for the Platinum Sport trim that gets the 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference system.

Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator

They both have the same engine and are based on the same platform, but the Navigator is significantly more luxurious than the Expedition. However, the Ford’s fuel economy is better than that offered by the Lincoln. The Expedition is also available in two body lengths and can seat up to eight people and has a higher towing capacity.

Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

This is the classic military jeep with wide-opening, removable, two or four doors, a fold-down windscreen, and go-anywhere abilities. A mild hybrid version is also available. With engine options that displace 260hp, 270hp, and 285hp, these are the most truck-like SUVs on this list.

Lexus GX460

This Lexus features an old-school powertrain and rugged construction. It’s also packed with all the leather, technology, and power that befit a luxury SUV. On the road, crossovers will perform better. But off it, the GX640’s, 301hp 4.6L V8, locking differentials, and permanent four-wheel drive, let it go anywhere. It also sells better than a lot of other Japanese big SUVs like the Land Cruisers and Sequoias put together.

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