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As SUVs continue to gain popularity, drivers are looking for more toughness behind the wheel, in addition to off-road capabilities. But what if you wanted to combine that rugged SUV with some luxury amenities? Luckily, there are three great options available for you to choose from.

Forbes reveals the best off-road SUVs 

A Lexus SUV tire parked off-road on a trail
Lexus SUV Tire | Lexus

According to Forbes, “To determine the best off-roading SUVs, we looked at ground clearance (must be above 8 inches), available 4×4 systems, the availability of off-roading tires, and smaller wheel sizes, off-road-tuned shocks, short bumpers that optimize approach and departure angles and transfer cases.”

Listed below are Forbes’ top three-row luxury SUVs you can find in 2022 as 2021 model years:

The 2021 Lexus LX has everything you need in a luxury SUV

When you think of Lexus as a brand, you likely think of luxury cars. After all, the 2021 Lexus LX has everything you would look for in a luxury vehicle. The Lexus SUV features a stylish interior that’s outfitted with premium materials such as soft leathers and “glossy wood,” reports Car and Driver

It also comes equipped with many technologies. For example, the Lexus SUV features a suite of off-road technologies, including Active Height Control, Multi-Terrain Select, and Crawl Control. 

Additionally, since it is based heavily on the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser, you know the 2021 Lexus LX has a powerful engine. Pop the hood and discover the 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed transmission with full-time four-wheel drive.

The 2021 Lexus GX is ready for any adventure

The 2021 LX isn’t the only Lexus SUV on Forbes’ best off-road list. The 2021 Lexus GX also impressed the outlet enough to land a spot. As for what it has to offer new luxury SUV shoppers?

First, it boasts a quiet interior. It also comes standard with a suite of driver-assist technologies to keep you and your loved ones safe. Additionally, if you’re doing some serious off-roading, you will want to consider adding on the Off-Road Package. It can take on any terrain thanks to Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select. 

A mighty 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine powers the Lexus GX, too. Meanwhile, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence helps enhance low-speed torque and high-speed horsepower when you need it most. The class-exclusive Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System also reduces body roll and helps improve the comfort inside the cabin. That way, you can enjoy the ride.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a capable off-road luxury SUV

There’s no denying it. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class turns heads wherever it goes. For starters, it’s equipped with a 416-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The G 550 can also travel from 0 to 60 in as little as 5.6 seconds. And if you’re craving more power? AMG models come with a tuned 577-horsepower version that really packs a punch. 

The 9-speed transmission is smooth and efficient, too. It’s also paired with a 2-speed transfer case. Additionally, you can select one of the luxury SUV’s driving modes that will let you adjust its level of performance even more. 

As for how much the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class costs? Well, this Mercedes-Benz SUV will cost you a pretty penny. After all, it has a base price of $130,000. Although, for many luxury SUV shoppers, it’s certainly worth the investment. 

Which luxury off-road SUV is right for you?

If you’re in the market for a luxury-focused SUV that can handle both the pavement and the trails, the 2021 Lexus LX, 2021 Lexus GS, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class should all be on your shopping list. 


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