2011 Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover Range Rover
At the upper end of the off-road SUV war horses for 2011 is the Land Rover Range Rover. With its smooth ride and extensive luxury amenities, the Range Rover will not only take you off-road, it does so in style and comfort. The base model Range Rover, HSE, is powered by a 375-horsepower 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V-8 engine mated with a new ZF six-speed automatic transmission. The HSE has the patented Terrain Response system that’s upgraded with new hill start assist and gradient acceleration control. A 14-speaker harman/kardon digital surround system, electric sunroof and xenon lamps are also standard in HSE. New for 2011 is an integrated rearview camera. Long regarded by serious off-road adventurers as the best of the best, Range Rover off-roading comes at a price: the Range Rover HSE begins at $79,685, the HSE Lux starts at $84,285 and the Supercharged has a base price of $95,465. In this review from TheCarConnection, editors give Range Rover an 8.0 overall rating (out of 10).
2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Grand Vitara
At the complete opposite end of the off-road, war-horse spectrum is the very affordable Suzuki Grand Vitara. The five-seat compact entry-level SUV has one thing really going for it – low-range 4WD gearing, perhaps the most important SUV function for venturing off-road. Two models are best-suited to off-road, Premium 4WD and Limited 4WD. A rugged ladder frame with unibody construction, GPS navigation, climate control, electronic stability control, 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission are standard on these two models. The Grand Vitara Premium 4WD starts at $21,099 and Limited 4WD at $23,449.
Be sure to check out part two of 2011 Off-Road War Horses tomorrow.