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11 Best Old-School SUVs


2015 Toyota Land Cruiser/Lexus LX 570
Base-price range: $80,830 – $83,855

With their international military-grade credentials, these are the SUVs you want when the zombies start to party. Aside from badging and a couple details, the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are essentially identical. Both vehicles use a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 engine, have four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, and seating for up to eight. EPA estimated fuel economy is 15 mpg city/highway combined, and maximum towing capacity is 8,500 pounds. Each Land Cruiser and LX 570 arrives at dealerships fully loaded, with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a center console cooler box, four-zone automatic climate control, rear DVD entertainment, navigation system with Entune (Toyota) or Enform (Lexus) infotainment systems, and plenty more. If you need to take your vehicle off-road to avoid the zombie hoards, both vehicles include a “Multi-Terrain Monitor” surround view camera, locking differentials, and Multi-terrain select that adjusts the throttle, brakes, and suspension to accommodate different unpaved surfaces. Neither vehicle has the best on-road ride or handling. Further, unlike most big SUVs, the third-row seat doesn’t fold flush with the cargo floor; rather, it folds and flips up against the side wall, reducing total available cargo space. Still, these big luxury SUVs have more than 60 years of heritage and engineering behind them. They’re extremely expensive, but are built to last.

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