17. Toyota 4Runner
You were bound to see another Toyota on this list, and the 4Runner is just that vehicle. The 4Runner was the original mid-size SUV to hit the market, long before the Blazer or the Explorer were even a thought. The original 4Runner was based on the solid Toyota truck, which, at the time, was selling like hotcakes due to the fuel crisis. 4Runner owners tend to keep their vehicles around for 10 years or more. That’s a real testament to the reliability of the vehicle. But with the 4Runner, it’s about more than just being reliable.
The 4Runner offers you a practical take-it-anywhere design, something that many SUVs have failed to mimic. The 4Runner might not have the intriguing look of the Wrangler or similar SUVs, but it has a style and reputation that’s all it’s own. Modern incarnations of the 4Runner pack a powerful V8 engine. That’s something that would have been unheard of during the eighties when the vehicle was originally launched. The 4Runner is a more-than-capable off-road beast that still offers on-road driving manners for the modern family.