Toyota’s desire to push forward with a new genuine sport-utility vehicle at a time when most manufacturers are either leaving the category or never joined the fun isn’t startling – Toyota has a handful of other truck-based SUVs – but it is surprising. Only 17 brands competing in the United States sell body-on-frame SUVs. In reality, only seven manufacturers have been motive forces in terms of seeing to the design of current body-on-frame SUVs.

Check the shortlist below for all truck-based SUVs on sale in America today. The Good Car Guy has joined platform sharers together for a clearer view of our genuine SUV dearth. Though isn’t a proponent of ridding the world of crossovers and all car-based SUVs (many made it in The Good 12 Supersize, after all), it’s good to make sure everybody understands what real sport-utes bring to the table.
Think of the new Toyota 4Runner and its fuel economy ratings of 17/22mpg for the V6 4×4 or 18/23mpg, one wonders at the amazing crossover fuel economy of the similarly sized Toyota Highlander. In all-wheel drive form, the V6 Highlander achieves 17/23mpg. Yes, it drives “nicer” and is “more car-like”. But it won’t tow or haul like a 4Runner and ain’t saving you money on the highway, either.
Regardless, with a new version of the slow-selling 4Runner, Toyota assures real-deal SUV aficionados by supplying a tough SUV in which off-roading is a possibility. Even if it never ventures over a curb.
Be mindful of one other thing: the manufacturers of many of the body-on-frame truck-based sport-utility vehicles listed below are already making plans for the replacements to be unibody CUVs. And don’t get all up-in-arms because some of these vehicles are quite car-like. The list viewable after the jump is still a list of the most truckish SUVs around.


Cadillac Escalade EXT/Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
Cadillac Escalade/Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Chevrolet TrailBlazer/GMC Envoy/Saab 9-7X
Dodge Nitro/Jeep Liberty
Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator
Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer
Hummer H2
Hummer H3
Infiniti QX56/Nissan Armada
Jeep Commander
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Wrangler
Kia Borrego
Lexus GX470
Lexus LX570/Toyota Land Cruiser
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon
Nissan XTerra
Nissan Pathfinder
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Sequoia

  1. Although they may be considered truck based, somewhat, there are a number of vehicle on this list that are not body on frame. These include the Nitro, Liberty, Grand Cherokee and Commander, which are all unibody vehicles.

  2. "And don't get all up-in-arms because some of these vehicles are quite car-like. This is still a list of the most truckish SUVs around", the text said. clearly the purpose is showing SUVs with a truckish orientation. Those Jeeps are unibodies but are about as truckish as any others on the list. Explorer and more will be going unibody soon and there'll be no fooling anybody.

  3. As for a comment here saying that the Grand Cherokee and Commander are not body-on-frame, that's not completely true. Yes, they are not body-on-frame on the TRADITIONAL sense, but they use a hybrid platform, with front and rear frames attached to a uniframe body. In fact, the Grand Cherokee/Commander have a single axle in the back (i.e., a feature of truck-based SUVs).

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