20. Jeep Cherokee XJ
The Cherokee was a revolution in the automotive industry because it was the first SUV that was gas efficient and comfortable. AMC knew that there was a market for a compact-sized SUV, and the Cherokee sold like wildfire. So much so that Chrysler purchased the entire company during the late 80s. Enthusiasts regard the Cherokee as one of the most reliable SUVs to ever hit the market, especially with straight-six engines. The XJ was also in production up until the 2001 model year, making it one of the few platforms to last that long.
Look at auto classifieds and you’re bound to see an XJ going for a high price tag. These Jeeps have held their value well, and it’s not uncommon to see well over 300k on the odometer. As the years went on, the model was refined with a quieter interior and comfortable seating. But the basic Jeep ruggedness and reliability are still underneath. The XJ was also the platform that graced us with the Comanche pickup truck. If you want to experience a piece of automotive history in the SUV segment, you won’t have to look any further then the Cherokee XJ model.