Here’s another early Japanese SUV, or should we say a couple of them. These are the gen1 version, which was built from 1984 through 1989. Similar to the early Blazer and Dodge Ramcharger, this too had a removable fiberglass rear roof section, although that didn’t include the cab. Realistically, there wasn’t a whole lot that differentiated them from a short bed pickup, although the “bed” was integrated with the cab. I can’t tell if either of these has the much-desired solid front axle; after the first couple of year, it was replaced with an IFS setup. The solid axle ones were coveted for their off-road prowess.
– March 6, 2013