Land Rover LR4
Combined mpg: 14 mpg city/highway
Base price: $49,100

Sure you'll pay a fortune to fuel this behemoth, but how many drivers can say their cars have an official "maximum wading depth"?

Land Rover says the LR4 sport utility vehicle can operate in water as high as 27.56 inches -- just one of many off-road conditions that this luxury SUV can handle with ease.

"Even though few drivers will ever use a Land Rover for anything more complicated than going out to buy a latte, the vehicle actually has a lot of very serious off-road technology," Reed says. "Land Rover has its roots in off-roading, and the company works hard to preserve that."

That's why the model comes with four-wheel drive, a 375-horsepower V-8 engine and a special Terrain Response system that lets you optimize performance for five different driving conditions -- grass, gravel, snow, mud or sand/rocks.

All of that gives the LR4 the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, achieve a 121 mph top speed and tow up to 7,716 pounds.

At the same time, the LR4 features and 11-speaker Harman Kardon ( HAR) stereo and other high-end accoutrements you'd expect in a British luxury vehicle. Optional third-row seating means the vehicle can even accommodate up to seven passengers.

Unfortunately, all of those performance and comfort features give the LR4 a 5,623-pound curb weight. Add in the effects of a gas-guzzling engine and four-wheel-drive system and you get a vehicle that gets just 12 mpg/city and 17 mpg/highway.

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