It's not the most exciting vehicle we've ever written about, but if you need to haul around a whole car load of family members, gear, or both, the new 2011 Dodge Durango ($TBA) is certainly practical. Powered by either a 3.6L V6 or a 5.7L Hemi V8 with a fuel-sipping four-cylinder mode, the all-new SUV boasts a new, decidedly better-looking body, a more luxurious interior, the ability to go 500 miles on a single tank of gas, keyless entry, and 22 different seating configurations to ensure that no matter who or what you're carrying, the new Durango will be ready — unlike that shiny Firebreather you've had your eyes on.
Born out of a lifelong love for the classic Toyota Land Cruiser, the Icon FJ Series ($126,000 and up) is a modern re-imagining of the legendary off-roader. Available in three body styles, the FJ's features include a standard 5.3 Liter, 350hp V8 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, Dynatrac Dana 60/40 based axles, Marine-rated vinyl on the seats, an Atlas II transfer case, aluminum knobs, sport pedals, an optional soft top, aeronautics-inspired dash panles, and a Teflon polyester hybrid powder coat that can stand up to the worst punishment you can dish out, even if that's just a trip over potholed suburban streets.
We're not sure exactly why the average off-roader would need a military-spec vehicle, but if you crave the toughest 4x4 around, consider the AEV J8 MILSPEC Jeep (approx. $50,000). Available in four-door or Scrambler-esque two door models, powered by either a 2.8L TurboDiesel or 5.7L HEMI V-8 — installed by a local dealer — and tons of upgrades like a reinforced body and frame, Dana front and rear axles, Dodge Ram brakes, black steel wheels, and a hood-mounted snorkel hooked to a hard core air filter capable of running five hours in a dust storm. Available in all of two colors, are we're guessing you probably tan already know green what they are.