2010 Ram Power Wagon
Towing capacity: 10,300 lbs.
Horsepower: 383
Base price: $45,780

With a 5.7L V8 HEMI engine—specially tuned to enhance off-road driving—33-inch off-road tires, and a custom 12,000-lb. winch, the Power Wagon may just be the toughest 4x4 on the market. Based on the already impressive Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab, it also packs in even more ground clearance (a massive 14 1/2 inches), plus armored skidplates on the underbody to protect against damage. Definitely not for the passive off-road driver.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Towing capacity: 7,700 lbs.
Horsepower: 388
Base price: $67,700

This gas/electric hybrid fuses Porsche's classic design sense with incredible off-road performance, the overall utility of a 4x4, and unprecedented ecofriendly efficiency. Pair that with a powertrain combing a supercharged V6 combustion engine with an electric motor and you have a permanent all-wheel drive, 380-horsepower ride that uses 23% less fuel than previous models.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Towing capacity: 7,400 lbs.
Horsepower: 290
Base price: $31,000

The granddaddy of all SUVs has been reinvented with a new, more aerodynamic body, increased legroom, and better visibility. A 3.6L V6 engine getting a remarkable 280 horses, five different terrain settings—auto, sand/mud, sport, snow, and rock—plus an air suspension allowing you to control the vehicle's height round out the package. jeep.com

2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R
Towing capacity: 3,000 lbs.
Horsepower: 256
Base price: $28,000

The great Outback just got even better. The 3.6R sports a new 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, increased room inside the cab, and more ground clearance than any other wagon (8.7 inches). It also comes with 17-inch alloy rims, paddle shifters on the wheel, traction control, and a symmetrical all-wheel drive system for more power, faster response time when the wheels slip, and better overall handling.

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