SUVs are the ultimate in unapologetic family transportation. You can haul kids, sports gear and a boat at the same time without breaking a sweat.
General Motors recently finished releasing new versions of the Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade from Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The Chevrolet variant is available with a 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 while the GMC models are also optionally available with a 6.2-liter V8 in Denali trim.
The Lincoln Navigator is being refreshed for 2015 to compete with the Escalade and is only being sold with Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6. It offers 365 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which means it and the Escalade tie in how much torque they offer.
But those are far from the only remaining body-on-frame family haulers for sale in North America. Toyota still sells the 4Runner and the Land Cruiser while Nissan will be glad to send you home with an Armada. Of course, Ford still offers the Expedition if you like the Navigator’s maximum 9,000-lb towing capacity but can do without the lofty price tag and associated accouterments.
Toyota is in the midst of re-designing the Sequoia for the 2015 model year. Nissan is also preparing a new version of the ancient Armada that will arrive sometime after the new Titan reaches dealers in the 2015 model year.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class (also commonly called the G Wagen) is being redesigned for the 2016 model year.