With the price of gas low and the classic three-box sedan beginning its slow ride into the sunset, SUVs and crossovers are once again king. But with each passing year, there seems to be less and less utility in sport utility vehicles. The vast majority of them are little more than tall station wagons, or worse, minivans in disguise. In fact, beyond the Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, Chevy Suburban, and maybe a handful of others, most SUVs and Crossovers today are built on car platforms, and the only thing separating them from their asphalt-loving relatives is a hatchback and a taller ride height.
So while the marketplace gets crowded with new models every year, the one thing disappearing from dealer lots faster than sedans are true SUVs: the rugged, go-anywhere vehicles that are based on solid truck frames, and can tackle the suburban jungle as easily as an actual jungle. Believe it or not, it really wasn’t that long ago when there were a lot to choose from.
We took a look back at some of the most formidable names in 4×4 history and came up with 12 SUVs that deserve to make a comeback.