The Sport Utility Vehicle. What is it? What has it become? The questions have no simple answer. Starting decades ago as a four wheel drive pickup with seats and cab grafted to its bed, the now ubiquitous SUV has evolved into not one, but a collection of specialized tools for the public’s ever changing, increasingly specific needs.
SUVs are many things to many people, and these contestants embody our diverse lifestyle with a vast array of sizes, shapes, drivetrains, packages and performance capabilities.