So you think your Jeep is tough? Behold the TLC Icon ($88,000). Based on the FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser, the grandaddy of SUVs, the Icon is a rugged and powerful vehicle that'll laugh at any off-road punishment you can throw at it. The Icon boasts a 5.7-liter Chevy Ram Jet 8-cylinder engine with 350 horsepower — good for a 0-60 time of of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 115-mph. In addition to an ultra-minimal interior, the Icon sports a removable top, crazy front grille guards, and a marine grade epoxy polymer, powder coat finish.
If you've thought in the past that the Jeep Liberty was a chick car, well, you were pretty much right. The 2008 Jeep Liberty ($TBA) does away with that notion — it's been completely redesigned from the ground up, with a new, boxier, masculine appearance, the all-new Selec-Trac II four-wheel-drive system, a new Sky-Slider full-open canvas roof, and a 210hp V-6 to propel you through the wilderness. Gadget-wise, the new Liberty also packs the MyGIG integrated audio, navigation and entertainment system, which offers real-time traffic updates (available with a Sirius subscription), a 20GB hard drive, and the UConnect Bluetooth system for hands-free calling. Chick car? Not anymore.
We're not really sure if we like the styling of the new Ford Flex, but it's definitely better than driving a minivan — which is exactly what it replaces. Joining the Edge and Taurus X in Ford's new crossover lineup, the Flex ($TBA; Summer 2008) is aimed at those who need the room and convenience of a family vehicle but can't stomach a minivan and don't need the off-road and gas-sucking features of an SUV. Along with a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 7-passenger seating, the Flex offers a ton of cool features — an interior refrigerator, second-row footrests, an in-car communications and entertainment system, capless fueling, a 2,300-song personal juke box, programmable ambient interior lighting, rear back-up camera, and a Multi-Panel Vista Roof.