I know somebody actually uses SUVs for off-road adventures.
No one in my suburb seems to, mind you, but someone must do so, given all the SUVs that have been sold in recent years.
If you're in that select group and you seek a real off-road machine, take a look at the Land Rover LR3, the first vehicle I've ever tested with the ability to raise or lower the vehicle while you're in it.
The LR3's suspension can be adjusted for normal driving, rocky roads, and bad weather conditions - or you can just play with it in the driveway like I did and impress your neighbors.
This car has all the features you can think of (except a heated steering wheel) and handles well for such a giant machine.
The third row of seats, a $1,250 option, leaves ample room for passengers' legs and was easy to flip open. With those seats up, you can carry seven people. If you need lots of luggage room with that load, get a rooftop carrier.
Three sunroofs were a nice touch as were jacks for stereo headphones as far back as the third row.
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Price $49,330 base price, $53,245 for model tested
Available at Land Rover dealers
Specs V8 engine, 19" alloy wheels, hill descent control