Stoke Score: 46
Base MSRP: $53,795
Lexus has barely changed this vehicle in the last few years, likely because there’s no need. “Rugged elegance,” says reviewer Jason Fogelson for Forbes. Sure, you might be inclined to write this off for the soft crossover appearance, but not so fast. Aside from its high reliability ratings, the GX 460 has a fairly impressive drivetrain: limited slip center differential that optimizes power between the rear and front axles at all times, plus a center selectable locker. The 4.6-liter V8 motor delivers 301 horsepower and will tow 6,500 lbs. Inside it’s what you’d expect from a Lexus, plus a decently high seating position for good visibility. Rear seats fold flat, providing a cavern worth 64.7 cubic feet. Fuel economy is right where you’d expect a V8 to be, 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. The GX is a solid little vehicle that will do very well on snowy roads, dirt trails and school parking lots.