You know what’s great? Sports cars and convertibles and luxury sedans. And especially grand tourers — I love grand tourers. They’re all wonderful because they’re unnecessary; way more opulent or fast or fancy than anyone has need for. But they’re not raucously bad-ass. They can’t gnash on boulders or go toe-to-toe with tanks. Hardcore, built-to-last-and-then-some vehicles like those below will never go out of style — there will always be an outsized desire for ultra-capable, intimidating trucks and SUVs. These are some of our favorites from 2017. — Nick Caruso

Orvis and Barbour Commissioned a Custom Land Rover Defender and it’s Gorgeous
Orvis and Barbour Commissioned a Custom Land Rover Defender and it’s Gorgeous

Orvis commissioned a custom Land Rover build through East Coast Defender and partnered up with Barbour North America to make it happen.

The Ares X-Raid Is Over the Top, Luxurious and Succeeding Where Other Custom-Built SUVs Fail
The Ares X-Raid Is Over the Top, Luxurious and Succeeding Where Other Custom-Built SUVs Fail

Projects like the X-Raid are what modern coachbuilding is supposed to look like.

This 1970 Ford Bronco Is One of Monterey’s Many Weekend Auction Gems
This 1970 Ford Bronco Is One of Monterey’s Many Weekend Auction Gems

So precious that it's also equipped with a Lojack theft recovery system.

The Last Land Rover Defender You’ll Ever Need
The Last Land Rover Defender You’ll Ever Need

One of the surviving Land Rover Defenders from Spectre.

The Best of the 2017 Jeep Heritage Expo
The Best of the 2017 Jeep Heritage Expo

England has the Land Rover, Germany has the G-Wagon, Japan has the FJ, and the U.S. has the Jeep.

The Greatest Collection of Vintage Jeeps Doesn’t Even Belong to Jeep
The Greatest Collection of Vintage Jeeps Doesn’t Even Belong to Jeep

Some are rare and unique, some are fairly run-of-the-mill -- but all are in wildly pristine condition.

This Hot Rod Vintage Land Cruiser Is What Dreams Are Made Of
This Hot Rod Vintage Land Cruiser Is What Dreams Are Made Of

For many, a custom Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is a dream car. For one owner, this is now a dream come true.

Russia Won’t Stop Building Insane Overlanders
Russia Won’t Stop Building Insane Overlanders

Russia seems to have a penchant for building ridiculous all-terrain vehicles.

Purists Be Damned, This Defender Has a Corvette Engine and a Gator-Skin Interior
Purists Be Damned, This Defender Has a Corvette Engine and a Gator-Skin Interior

If you're passionate about faithful, numbers-matching, period correct Land Rover Defenders, avert your eyes.

When the Ford F-150 Raptor Isn’t Hardcore Enough, There’s the MegaRaptor
When the Ford F-150 Raptor Isn’t Hardcore Enough, There’s the MegaRaptor

It'll eat an F-150 Raptor for breakfast.

The Best Vintage Off-Roaders from Overland Expo 2017
The Best Vintage Off-Roaders from Overland Expo 2017

The Overland Expo is one of the greatest gatherings of adventure vehicles in the world.

This Land Rover Discovery Was Built to Save Lives
This Land Rover Discovery Was Built to Save Lives

One of the world's most capable SUVs will be put to use in disaster situations.

This Is Exactly How Vintage Ford Broncos Were Meant to Look
This Is Exactly How Vintage Ford Broncos Were Meant to Look

Baby blue, fast as hell and guaranteed to be flawless -- the vintage 4x4 of our dreams.

The Jeep Concepts You’ve Been Waiting for All Year
The Jeep Concepts You’ve Been Waiting for All Year

Every year Jeep brings a few new concept cars to the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. 2017 will be one for the history books.

Buy a Vintage Range Rover, Basically Brand New
Buy a Vintage Range Rover, Basically Brand New

Land Rover is now restoring Series I Range Rovers to factory spec. Today is a good day, indeed.

It’s Official: The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Is the Gauche SUV of Our Dreams
It’s Official: The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Is the Gauche SUV of Our Dreams

It's got portal axels, a V12 and cupholders that heat your drink.

The Most Insane Jeep Wrangler Money Can Buy
The Most Insane Jeep Wrangler Money Can Buy

It's packing a lot more than just a lift kit and a matte black paint job.

The 4×4 to End All 4x4s
The 4×4 to End All 4x4s

Straight from Stuttgart, the seven-foot-tall colossus made to swallow compact cars whole.

The Extreme, $178,500 Rezvani Tank Is the Overlander Batman Would Build
The Extreme, $178,500 Rezvani Tank Is the Overlander Batman Would Build

Well, here's the craziest thing on wheels you can buy today.

Your New Favorite 4×4 Overlander Is Rugged As Hell and American
Your New Favorite 4×4 Overlander Is Rugged As Hell and American

Alternate power, unique looks, exceptional performance.

A Classic Toyota FJ Re-engineered To Meet the Demands of Modern Driving
A Classic Toyota FJ Re-engineered To Meet the Demands of Modern Driving

All the pleasure of a classic car with all the perks of a modern SUV.

Found: Stop Waiting for the Jeep Wrangler Pickup and Get This 1984 Land Cruiser Instead
Found: Stop Waiting for the Jeep Wrangler Pickup and Get This 1984 Land Cruiser Instead

It still has a lifetime of mileage to go before it starts to show its age.

Found: 7 Perfectly Pristine Overlanders to Enjoy the Outdoors With This Spring
Found: 7 Perfectly Pristine Overlanders to Enjoy the Outdoors With This Spring

As the outdoors warm, they beg to be explored: start with the right vehicle.

The Best Products of 2017

A look back at the year in gear. From superlative whiskey to sustianable denim, these were the best products released in 2017. Explore the Series