View Poll Results: 2012 Overland SUV of the Year: Members Choice

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  • Chevrolet Tahoe

    6 2.86%
  • Ford Expedition

    1 0.48%
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

    6 2.86%
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

    63 30.00%
  • Land Rover LR4 (Discovery 4)

    26 12.38%
  • Land Rover Range Rover MKIII

    2 0.95%
  • Lexus GX460

    4 1.90%
  • Mercedes G-Wagon Gelandewagen

    17 8.10%
  • Nissan Xterra

    11 5.24%
  • Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition

    45 21.43%
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser

    8 3.81%
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 200

    21 10.00%
  • Toyota Sequoia

    0 0%

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Thread: Your Choice: 2012 Overland SUV of the Year?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Prescott, AZ

    Default Your Choice: 2012 Overland SUV of the Year?

    As an editorial staff, we have picked a 2012 overland SUV of the Year, but we are also interested in what the community would choose.

    When making your choice, try to set aside personal brand bias (as much as possible ) and pick the SUV that best encompasses the attributes needed for long-distance overland travel.

    Things like:
    1. Reliability
    2. Capacity (Payload)
    3. Range (both MPG and tank size)
    4. Capability (trail performance)
    5. Durability

    What is the list criteria? It must be a 4wd with low range and be generally appropriate for overland adventure travel. Some models were excluded for space/appropriateness. We apologize in advance that the Infiniti QX didn't make the cut

    These are just SUVs currently available for sale in the US. We will do another poll for trucks and another for global SUV offerings.

    Thanks for your thoughts and vote!

    Here are the finalists:

    Chevrolet Tahoe

    Ford Expedition

    Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

    Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (early 2013 model release)

    Land Rover LR4

    Land Rover Range Rover MKIII

    Lexus GX460

    Mercedes G63 Gelandewagen

    Nissan Xterra

    Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition
    Last edited by Scott Brady; 12-22-2012 at 08:35 PM.
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  2. #2
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    Last edited by Scott Brady; 12-22-2012 at 08:42 PM.
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  3. #3
    If it were up to me, I would choose a very boring option from that list...

    The Nissan Xterra.

    It is not a vehicle I have owned but I have seen plenty of them out on the trails. They do well with very few modifications and are very reliable. Parts and service is pretty well supported on a global scale. The Xterra is a great on-road performer as well and comes in at a very attractive price point, especially when compared to some of the other options. You get a lot for your dollar in the Xterra. It meets the requirements of the list but is certainly not exotic.

    The FJ Cruiser is a close second for me. Pretty run-of-the-mill at this point, but the A-Trac makes it a solid off road performer. The downside is the size, visibility, and interior space.
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2007
    To me the Mercedes seems to have the best overall blend of all the requirements. The Rubicon would be a close second. The others have stock independent suspensions which don't scream durable or all that capable to me.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Orrville Ohio
    Lol stop voting for the jeeps, they have been around forever and havent changed a thing. Plus they are not very "overland" friendly. You pack your dog and its full.

  6. #6
    It should be more reliable and durable than most others.
    Its not (as) gimmicky as its primary competitor, the FJC.
    Its pretty good on the trail in stock Pro4X form, but can be made more capable and durable with an ARB in the front.
    Aftermarket is good.
    Its about as simple as vehicles get these days and its got an easy to clean interior.
    MPG could be better and payload could be better, but both are in line with most.
    If price is a factor, its one of the best new values.
    It also has a good worldwide dealer network and related vehicles are sold all over (especially the chassis-mate Navara/Frontier).

    In contrast to the leaders of the poll, the X is less expensive than the T4R and Rubi.
    Has a greater payload and better reliability than the Rubi.
    Also the X is far less complicated than the T4R.
    All these are tenants of ExPo, which is why its strange its overlooked so often.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Edmonton, AB Canada

    Default Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland vs. Chevrolet Tahoe

    These two were the front-runners for me. I had to give it to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland.

    1. Reliability As good as any on the list, IMO. Any brand new vehicle should be quite reliable if you take care of it. Large dealer network in US and Canada if you did break something.
    2. Capacity (Payload) I didn't assign too much weighting to this. Pack according to your particular GVWR, not based on what you think is supposed to be in/hanging off an overland vehicle.
    3. Range (both MPG and tank size) I weighted this quite heavily. The GC is second only to the Tahoe in range, based on a 50/50 Hwy/City(off-road) balance. The goal here is to eliminate, if possible, having to carry extra gas. Except for maybe the Arctic, gas is rarely more than 420mi. apart in US/Canada.
    4. Capability (trail performance) The Jeep took this over the Tahoe, due to better overall off-pavement design.
    5. Durability see #1. Take care of your rig. It has to get you home. It's great to challenge your rig's capabilities, but I'm not interested in breaking things on the trail. Example, if I need an on-board welder, I'm probably somewhere I shouldn't be in a vehicle.


  8. #8
    OK, I'll take a run at this. I'd buy the LR4. With the seats down, almost a perfectly level Queen Size Bed if you have to sleep out. With the GVWR over 6,000 lbs, it qualifies as a capital expense for business. Very easy daily driver. It can take one to any social event. Stripped with just the HD Package, it's just over $50K MSRP.

    My bet is on the LR4 as Overland's pick too, but maybe because LR is winning awards these days for reliability, or maybe because I saw a video on YT with there badging all over it...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Marquette, MI and Minturn, CO
    I picked the Rubicon since it best seems to meet the criteria listed plus if you add in value it's hard to beat. For anyone who has been in a new Wrangler these days, most issues I ever had against Jeeps have been addressed and they are a nice place to spend time as well as the most capable of any of the listed vehicles by a large margin.

    Now, if I had to pick a vehicle on here that I want the most it would be a toss up between the LR4 and the Land Cruiser. The LR4 blew me away and changed my perception of modern Lamd Rovers at the Overland Expo after running one through the training course. What a great machine. The Land Cruiser appeals to my Land Cruiser predisposition and because there aren't many people building and using them, the rarity of them is appealing.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    BC Canada
    No none of the above checky box? Not sure you can find Overlander of the Year being sold in North America......Picking one just supports this junk we get in this market...

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