2021 Land Rover Defender Starting at: $47,450, Highs Legendary off-road abilities, smooth on-road ride, nicely outfitted cabin. Lows Six-cylinder engine isn't as perky as expected, best accessories and options add a lot to the bottom line, brakes are difficult to smoothly modulate. Verdict The first Defender became an icon the world over, and this modernized version adds to that legacy.

Overview From modest off-roader to luxuriously appointed overlander, the 2021 Land Rover Defender offers is an adventure-mobile with undeniable capability—and desirability. Its design is technically retro, but it represents a modern twist on the legendary Defender from the previous generation. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard and a turbo inline-six-cylinder with a hybrid-assist feature is optional. A host of off-road technologies are standard or optional, and all models come with all-wheel drive and a fully-independent suspension. More advanced options are found on higher-end models or part of myriad packages. The Defender has few rivals, with several of them also wear Land Rover badges, but when it comes to conquering difficult terrain, few SUVs can truly keep pace.