2010 Lexus GX460 Premium

Assuming you're looking for an actual body-on-frame luxury SUV, the Lexus GX460 is a superb choice. From the moment you grasp the wood steering wheel rim it's clear Lexus has tidied up the Toyota platform the GX is based on where the customer actually interacts with the vehicle enough to warrant the corresponding increase in price.

Despite the stereotype that off-roaders all swill beer from a can, there are some folks who prefer to end a day on the trail with a luxurious hotel room and a five-star meal. For these people, the choices have been pared down to Lexus and Land Rover, with the possible inclusion of a Mercedes-Benz G550. With a base price of roughly half the G550's, and much better reliability than Land Rovers, it's easy to see why the Lexus has some appeal. Of course there is a limited market for such products, but Lexus managed to sell 3002 examples of the GX in the first two months of 2010 compared to Land Rover's total brand sales of 3990. Keeping in mind the absolute avalanche of negative press Toyota and Lexus have received in the wake of the recalls, those sales figures are astonishing.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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