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The Best SUV and Truck Releases of 2018


December 30, 2018 Briefings By

This year saw a continued, meteoric rise in popularity of trucks and SUVs – both new models and vintage vehicles. From traditional luxury SUVs and high-performance burly tracks stars to a growing population of off-road hungry trucks and vintage overlanders, there’s no doubting the world’s insatiable appetite for big ol’ people carriers. These are some of the best SUV and truck announcements of 2018.

The Performance Car Literally No One Asked for Breaks Cover Ahead of the NAIAS 2018
The Performance Car Literally No One Asked for Breaks Cover Ahead of the NAIAS 2018

Why did Ford want to dilute it's stellar Ford Performance lineup by trying to make a milquetoast crossover exciting?

This Tastefully Modified Land Cruiser Is the Best Kind of Pickup Truck
This Tastefully Modified Land Cruiser Is the Best Kind of Pickup Truck

Legacy Overland knows how to upgrade a vintage four-wheeler and still keep it classy and tasteful.

The Callaway Yukon Denali Is the High-Horsepower SUV GM Refuses to Build
The Callaway Yukon Denali Is the High-Horsepower SUV GM Refuses to Build

Finally, a Yukon Denali with performance to match the plush.

Ford Turned Its Ranger Pickup into an Insane Little Off-Roader
Ford Turned Its Ranger Pickup into an Insane Little Off-Roader

Ford's new lifted, diesel-powered Ranger is an off-road monster that isn't coming to the US.

Toyota Wants to Sell You an Indomitable Overlander Straight From the Factory
Toyota Wants to Sell You an Indomitable Overlander Straight From the Factory

While the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma all get upgrades, it's the latter that has us the most excited.

One of the World’s Fastest Production SUVs Starts at Just $80,000
One of the World’s Fastest Production SUVs Starts at Just $80,000

The Italian SUV hustled around the Nürburgring in just under 7 minutes 52 seconds. That's damn quick for a grocery-getter.

The Heroic Rifter 4×4 Will Debut at the Geneva Motor Show
The Heroic Rifter 4×4 Will Debut at the Geneva Motor Show

If indeed it goes into production, our friends in Europe will find themselves with a turnkey adventure mobile, replete with honest off-road cred and serious good looks.

The All-New Sierra AT4 Brings GMC’s Luxury Off-Road
The All-New Sierra AT4 Brings GMC’s Luxury Off-Road

The Luxury pickup now has the tools it needs to bring you off-road and keep you in the lap of luxury at the same time.

Two of the Best Looking SUVs on the Market Get More Power and Double In Price
Two of the Best Looking SUVs on the Market Get More Power and Double In Price

Jaguar and Maserati are doubling down on their brand new luxury SUVs and giving them supercar levels of performance.

The 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight Is a Special Edition You Actually Want
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight Is a Special Edition You Actually Want

Special editions tend to be nothing more than a paint job and extra trim pieces. The Tahoe Custom Midnight has a healthy dose of practicality mixed in.

Mercedes Raises the Bar With an Insane New Interior for the GLS SUV
Mercedes Raises the Bar With an Insane New Interior for the GLS SUV

The Maybach line will soon be more than just quilted leather and chilled cupholders in Mercedes' "halo of halo" models.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Is Set To Get Even Better Off-Road
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Is Set To Get Even Better Off-Road

Ford's street-legal, daily-driveable Baja racer is set to get more upgrades to increase its off-road capabilities further still.

The All-New 2019 BMW X5 Gets An Off-Road Performance Package
The All-New 2019 BMW X5 Gets An Off-Road Performance Package

The 2019 BMW X5 carries the classic mid-sized SUV DNA, now with a little more focus on off-road capabilities.

Chevy Brings Back the Blazer But It Will Probably Bum You Out
Chevy Brings Back the Blazer But It Will Probably Bum You Out

The iconic off-roader is now a perfectly-fine mid-size crossover.

The All-New Ford Ranger Raptor Looks Insanely Good Off-Road
The All-New Ford Ranger Raptor Looks Insanely Good Off-Road

As of now, a US-bound Ranger Raptor is still undecided. But if the excitement over this promo video is anything to go by, Ford would be insane to hold back from the American market.

The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV
The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV

Audi redesigned the second generation compact Q3 SUV taking a heap of inspiration from the all-new Q8.

A Range Rover With a BMW V12 Is the Type Of Excess You Need in Your Life
A Range Rover With a BMW V12 Is the Type Of Excess You Need in Your Life

This Range Rover brings the two mindsets of living large and off-road capabilities together in its own unique way.

You Don’t Need a Big SUV to Tow These New Lightweight Adventure Trailers
You Don’t Need a Big SUV to Tow These New Lightweight Adventure Trailers

You don't need a massive SUV to tow these lightweight trailers from the new brand TetonX. Starting at 700lbs, all you need is a small car and a sense of adventure.

Land Rover’s New Accessories Will Make Adventures With Your Dog Easier and Safer
Land Rover’s New Accessories Will Make Adventures With Your Dog Easier and Safer

Your dog deserves nothing but the best.

The New Jeep Wrangler Moab Is a More Luxurious Rubicon
The New Jeep Wrangler Moab Is a More Luxurious Rubicon

The Wrangler Moab is the first new edition of the current generation Jeep. Combining the Sahara and Rubicon, it sets a new standard.

The Ford Ranger Raptor Gets Beaten to the Punch
The Ford Ranger Raptor Gets Beaten to the Punch

Chevrolet pulled a fast one on everybody and announced the Colorado ZR2 Bison concept is actually in production and will go on sale January 2019.

The New Audi SQ2 Is Just a Big Hot Hatch
The New Audi SQ2 Is Just a Big Hot Hatch

Audi is busy bolstering its SUV lineup with entirely new models, but more importantly, it's slotting in S-level performance version as well.

The Ford Ranger Will Tow and Haul Better Than a Toyota Tacoma
The Ford Ranger Will Tow and Haul Better Than a Toyota Tacoma

Its claimed max towing and max payload capacities are 7,500 pounds with an available towing package and 1,860 pounds, respectively.

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