The sport utility vehicle (SUV) is the perfect combination of ruggedness and an outdoor lifestyle. Developed as a more consumer-focused variation of the pickup truck, the SUV has been around for decades now becoming more popular than ever. When people think of the SUV, the iconic Jeep Wrangler is probably the first vehicle that comes to mind. The Wrangler is one of the few SUVs in the world that popularized the open-air design. But there have been many other reputable SUVs to come along that haven’t gotten the love they deserve.
Some of these iconic SUV models have recently begun an uptick in value, but many new drivers don’t know about them. Taking a look at some of the other iconic SUV models will give you a better idea of just how far the vehicle has come. Read on as we take a look at some of the most iconic SUV models that you may not realize were cooler than the Jeep Wrangler via Autowise.
35: 1992 Daihatsu Rocky
Believe it or not, there was a time when the domestic landscape was flooded with Japanese SUV models. The most notable is the Geo Tracker and the Suzuki Samurai, but there were other lesser-known models as well. The 1992 Daihatsu Rocky is very rare and was produced in limited numbers. Part of this was due to a limited dealer network and the fact that Daihatsu is a fairly known entity in this part of the world. But if you want sheer off-road capability with rugged looks this was the SUV for you.
You can build it up with ease thanks to a standard ground clearance that is very high. The simplistic design of the Rocky makes it easy to work on, and parts can be imported fairly affordably. In larger cities, you’ll be able to find service centers for these and a fairly tight-knit community of owners. The 1992 Daihatsu Rocky might not have the prestige of being a Jeep Wrangler, but it can handle its own off-road with ease.