It might be classified as an SUV, but you won't see the Lexus NX taking on trails anytime soon. Instead, this new offering was designed for urban use, with a striking, angular compact body that offers maximum creature comforts in minimal space. It's powered by either a hybrid system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, generator, motor and battery, a 2.0L turbo engine, or a normally aspirated 2.0L, and sits on either 17- or 18-inch wheels. Inside, you'll find forward-thinking features like a wireless charging tray, a new touchpad-based interface, and a Panoramic View Monitor that combines video from four cameras to provide a glimpse of everything happening around the car — perfect for avoiding pedestrians and other urban-specific obstacles.
No, it's not a high-powered version of the standard, boxy Disco we all know and love. Instead, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is an all-new compact SUV that's the first in a new family of Discovery vehicles. The Sport features a sleek, aerodynamic body shell made from steel and aluminum, and is powered by a 240hp, turbocharged 2.0L engine, coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Of course, it's still a Land Rover, and as such offers standard all-wheel drive, a host of off-road goodies like Hill Descent Control, Roll Stability Control, and Electronic Traction Control, and an all-new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen that boasts off-road specific apps alongside the media and navigation features you expect.
First released in 1984, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 was a huge hit — so much so that sales continued well into this century. Now, in response to consumer demand — and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic model — Toyota is re-releasing it for roughly a year. Drawing on the heritage of precious models, it features a traditional closed ladder frame, large approach, break-over, and departure angles, and part-time 4WD. It's powered by a modern 4.0L V6 engine that provides excellent fuel efficiency and nearly 230 hp when needed. The only bad news? You're going to have to figure out how to get it back from Japan on your own.