Lookin’ For Adventure

These SUV’s can help you find it, even if you have to do some rock-crawling along the way.

Land Rover’s Range Rover line has received some upgrades for 2007, including a patented Terrain Response system as standard equipment in all models. A control dial on the center console enables you to select one of five available modes to handle different driving conditions, ranging from normal dry pavement to snow, mud, sand, and even extreme rock crawling.

The cabin has been redesigned, including new whiplash-reducing head restraints and the ability to cool your fanny as well as heat it with seat ventilation. The instrument panel has been redesigned to conform to the latest safety requirements as well as esthetic considerations. The HVAC system is quieter and more efficient, with additional venting at various locations throughout the interior.

The 2007 Land Rover Range Rover comes in two models: the HSE and the Supercharged. The HSE comes with a naturally aspirated V8 engine with 305-hp at 4.4L, and the Supercharged version holds a V8 delivering 400-hp at 4.2L. Standard on both models is seating capacity for five adults, six-speed adaptive automatic transmission with Land Rover’s trademark CommandShift mode, electronic four corner air suspension, eight-airbag supplemental restraint system, 710-watt 14-speaker Harman Kardon LOGIC 7 audio system, touchscreen DVD-based satellite navigation system, personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth technology, onboard rearview camera, three-zone automatic climate control, twelve-way power driver’s seat, ten-way power front passenger’s seat, split 60/40 folding rear seat, three-person memory for driver’s seat, exterior mirror, and steering column, Blenheim leather-faced seats and trim details, heated front and rear seats, and more creature comforts too numerous to name.

Toyota’s Land Cruiser has been around for 50 years, but it has embraced evolution as it continues to respond to changing times and the marketplace. The 2007 iteration offers a bucket-load of standard equipment, including (but not limited to) full-time 4WD with locking center differential, 10-way driver and 8-way front passenger power-adjustable heated leather-trimmed seats with armrests and adjustable headrests, reclining leather-trimmed 60/40 split fold-down second-row bench seat with center and outboard headrests and three-point seatbelts, foldaway/removable leather-trimmed 50/50 split third-row bench seat, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, dual power heated outside mirrors, multi-reflector halogen headlamps with daytime running lights, integrated fog lamps, automatic climate control and independent automatic rear climate control, JBL premium 3-in-1 audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer, seven speakers, and rear seat audio system, antitheft system with engine immobilizer, tilt/slide power glass moonroof with jam protection, auto-dimming electrochromatic rearview mirror with compass, overhead console with Home-Link universal transceiver, maplights, and sunglass holder, dual maplights for front- and second-row seats, three auxiliary power outlets, auto on/off headlamps, and illuminated entry and ignition key ring.