This pairing of 4x4s for sale at a local used car dealership caught my eye – a 1978 Land Rover flanked by two more recent GMCs. Each is a vastly different interpretation of the 4×4 species.
The Land Rover is an ancestor of all current off-roaders, even if it was already considered a relic when it was built. To its left, the 2007 GMC Sierra is what a no-frills 4×4 looked like three decades later – it’s a Work Truck version, though calling this truck spartan in the company of the Land Rover seems sarcastic. On the Land Rover’s other side is a 2013 Yukon XL Denali, with luxury appointments that made these vehicles the darlings of suburbia.
If I were to choose between these three 4x4s, I’d pick the Sierra – low-level trim packages these days hold a lot of appeal to me. On the other hand, I can certainly see the appeal of all of them.
Which one would you choose?
Photographed in Fairfax, Virginia in October 2021.