It was only a matter of time. The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the first 4-door and first 5-passenger Wrangler in Jeep's 65-year history. The Hummer-like 4x4 is 21-inches longer than the standard Wrangler, and has 46.4 cubic feet of cargo space. It packs a 3.8-liter V6, Sun Rider soft top or Freedom Top 3-piece modular hard top, and has an available 368-watt Infinity sound system with subwoofer.
We've been holding off on writing about the FJ Cruiser until we test drove one, but it seems they're sold out at every Toyota dealer nearby. So, we're just going to highlight it here before it becomes really old news. The FJ Cruiser (starting at $21,700) is one of the few SUVs with a suspension and frame system that was actually created for real off-road use. Combine that with a spectacularly progressive design that looks nearly identical to the original concept, and you've got the coolest thing on four wheels that isn't afraid of a little dirt.
Mazda's 2006 CX-7 is a crossover sport-utility vehicle that (without sounding too much like a commercial) offers the styling and ride of car, but the convenience and space of an SUV. With RX-8 inspired details, the Mazda CX-7 (starting at $24,300) is powered by a 244-hp 2.3 liter turbocharged engine, comes with an available Bose audio system, GPS navigation, and rear view camera monitor, and is a nice change from all of the super boxy SUVs on the market right now.
We try to refrain from saying things like "Chromed out," but times like this warrant it. The 2007 Cadillac Escalade (starting at $57,300) is clad in chrome from top to bottom — every little piece that could be chrome, is. The new Escalade boasts a 403-horsepower 6.2L Vortec V8 engine, a ton of cargo space, available 22-inch wheels, Bose stereo, and an interior made up of leather, brushed aluminum and burled trim. Man, do we love shiny new toys.
Meet the fastest, most powerful Jeep vehicle ever. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (starting at $40,000) boasts a big-block 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine that puts out a whopping 420 horsepower. We're not sure it's actually safe to have that many ponies out on the trail, but Jeep's electronic full-time four-wheel-drive system will help keep the horsepower-to-death ratio in check. The SRT8 also has Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, Royale leather trimmed seats, and 20-inch wheels.