The acronym “SUV” entered common usage sometime in the mid-1980s, but the sport utility vehicle has been around for much longer. Some argue that the first SUV was built in 1935, while some contend that the Model T was the original in 1908. For the purposes of discussion here, we’re going to define an SUV as a rugged two- or three-row wagon, usually built on a truck-based, body-on-frame platform, with standard or available all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
We’ll consider the entire run of an SUV’s lifetime, not just a single model year or generation – but we won’t include reboots of discontinued vehicles. “Best” is an entirely subjective term, so we’ll explain what it means relative to each vehicle. It might be design, engineering, capability, or influence – or it just might be character. Here (in alphabetical order by brand) are the 10 Best SUVs of All Time.