These days there are many impostors that call themselves SUVs. These are really crossovers based on a car chassis. Thankfully there are a handful of rugged SUVs left on the market. These tough hombres are based on truck chassis and pack buff 4×4 drive trains that can handle just about everything.

#5 Jeep Wrangler

What began in 1941 with the US Military Jeep Willys, continues to this day as the most recognizable rugged SUV on the planet. The exterior of the Wrangler has not changed much over the years and that’s a good thing as this rough and tough style is perfect for the off-road enthusiast. Behind the wheel is at once a feeling of invulnerability. Everything about this car – door handles, steering wheel control buttons and even the rubber floor mats with tire marks harkens to its ability. The 4×4 capability if unmatched with the Rock-Trac 4WD system that is overqualified for most situations.

#4 Toyota 4Runner

How tough is the Toyota 4Runner? Well according to the Toyota website, 9 out of 10 4Runners sold in the past decade are still on the road. The 4Runner is now in its 5th generation and still this SUV has remained close to its roots as a true body-on-frame vehicle. Under the hood is a rugged 4.0 liter V-6 engine that can tow 4700 lbs. The 4Runner comes equipped with Hill Assist Control, Skid Plates, 4WD Active Traction Control, a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension, and more. It’s easy to select the terrain mode with the turn of a dial, and the locking rear differential assures all wheels get power.

#3 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Ok so one crossover style vehicle has made it to the list of rugged SUVs. But Subaru has always been known for their Symmetrical AWD system which gives you the best traction no matter the conditions. The XV Crosstrek is the newest model to be added. To the line-up. XV stands for “X-Over Vehicle” and thus supplied a good description of the Subaru range. When Subaru XV is a classical crossover between the compact car and SUV, but also offers all-wheel drive next to a rustic casual look. Nevertheless, the XV addressed more specifically to customers who spend most of their time with their vehicle on paved roads and know how to appreciate the option occasionally to leave the beaten path.

#2 Land Rover LR2

The Land Rover LR2 is a tale of 2 personalities. On one side the LR2 feels classy and sophisticated offering you tons of luxury amenities. But on the other hand the LR2 is equipped to handle the most rugged terrain. Where other competitors, such as the VW Tiguan, only offer the most basic 4WD systems for rough terrain, the LR2 can strip the tuxedo and wade into the thick rubber boots through the mud. Because its permanent all-wheel drive system is made ​​for the rough slopes, the Haldex 4WD system transmits power to all four wheels and reacts with lightning speed within 150 milliseconds of traction loss. With a ground clearance of 8.3 inches and a wading depth of 20-inches, the LR2 Terrain Response system can handle asphalt, dirt roads, rivers, snow, gravel, and other rough terrain.

#1 Nissan Xterra

Exceptionally Capable is the perfect phrase for the Nissan Xterra which is the poster child for what a rugged SUV should look like. The beefy design continues to evolve year after year. Where the road ends the excitement begins. The V-6 engine makes over 260 horsepower and the full-length boxed ladder frame provides the tough foundation necessary to conqueror anything and everything. The suspension is made from hardened steel with a stabilizer up front and leaf springs in the back to take all that can be dished out. The Xteraa has all the features like the rest including Hill Assist and an electronic locking rear differential. But the Xterra also comes with a great roof rack system for all your outdoor equipment. The skid plates only add to the rugged look.