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The Best SUV (From an SUV-Hater)

On more than one occasion, I’ve been open about my general disdain for crossover and SUV styling. So, when asked for my thoughts on the Best SUV being offered up for the 2018 model year, I’ll be honest…my initial response would normally have been ‘meh’.

At the end of the day, I’ll never be a fan of a traditional wagon or truck-inspired SUV styling. In addition, SUVs always feel like a bit of fan-wank, using a kitchen-sink mentality to accommodate any and every passenger that might possibly introduce their ass to the interior.

That said, 2018 is somewhat distinctive in terms of model year offerings. Why? Because it feels like there are a slew of muscle-inspired American SUVs being released (or at least, refreshed). This speaks to classic muscle car enthusiast while bridging the gap to the utilitarian functionality of SUV offerings. Most reflect significant reductions in weight, improving fuel economy without compromising power. Bottom-line, almost any one of them could convert me to an enthusiastic SUV driver.

 

My Pick? Easy. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Next question?

But seriously, the Trackhawk might be the closest an SUV has ever felt to classic American performance vehicles. Offering all of the passenger and cargo space of the Grand Cherokee, it makes for a perfectly accommodating family vehicle. But with a 6.2-liter V8, you’re wrangling 707 horses and 645 lb-ft of torque as you pull into the afternoon pick-up line at the middle school. Plus, just imagine what you’d be doing for your kid’s self-confidence, by showing up in a beast like that. Unfortunately, a price tag that pushes $100K may not be palatable to most households (including my own). So with that in mind, let’s try this again…

 

My REAL Pick?

Also easy. The special edition 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST, with its 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with four-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension, there’s no shortage of versatility. And with a 5.7-second sprint to 60 mph and  8400 LB towing capacity, the Tahoe throws up some great numbers.

And you know what? Plenty badass in its own right?

Interested in the 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST? Watch the following link for more, and let us know what you think.

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