War Horses: Five Family SUVs For Your Off-Road Summer Page 2

June 13, 2011
2011 Land Rover Range Rover

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

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.

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