8. Jeep Wrangler
The Wrangler is the old standby when you want a rugged, back-to-basics SUV, especially if your budget isn’t very high. Few vehicles can even begin to hang with Wranglers when the rubber leaves the road, especially when it comes to the venerable Rubicon models, which come with features like rock rails or a disconnecting front sway bar for batter wheel articulation. Having a Wrangler is immediate street cred in some circles, especially if you have built onto the SUV with options like a lift, snorkel or large winch. Anyone who has ever driven a Wrangler in the city knows it is like a fish out of water, while taking it to a trail is the exact opposite experience. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is fairly powerful, putting out 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. If you need to tow anything substantial, keep in mind that the Wrangler can only handle up to 2,000 pounds, or 3,500 ponds if it is an Unlimited model.