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Kickin' it old school: All the body-on-frame SUVs you can currently buy

Does the idea of a unified chassis and body send chills down your spine? Some of these body-on-frame bruisers still exist. Here are the ones you can still pick up.

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Cadillac Escalade
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Cadillac Escalade

Unveiled back in 2013, the fourth-generation Escalade continues to ride on a ladder frame.

Cadillac Escalade
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Cadillac Escalade

There were rumors that the fourth-gen Escalade would move over to a more approachable unibody format, but those rumors obviously never materalized.

Cadillac Escalade ESV
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Cadillac Escalade ESV

The Escalade ESV is a longer version of the Escalade, and...well, that's it, really.

Cadillac Escalade ESV
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Cadillac Escalade ESV

If you really need space, but you're not willing to give up on luxury, the ESV is here for you.

Chevrolet Suburban
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Chevrolet Suburban

The also-very-long Suburban shares many of its underpinnings with the Escalade ESV.

Chevrolet Suburban
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Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban has existed in various forms since 1935.

Chevrolet Tahoe
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Chevrolet Tahoe

If the Suburban is a little too big for you, the smaller Tahoe exists -- it's sort of the Escalade to the Suburban's Escalade ESV.

Chevrolet Tahoe
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Chevrolet Tahoe

This is definitely the same interior picture as the Suburban, except GM changed the background. Badge engineering!

Ford Expedition
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Ford Expedition

Introduced all the way back in the late 1990s, the Expedition is only in its third generation.

Ford Expedition
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Ford Expedition

The Expedition rides on a modified version of Ford's P2 platform, which was also used on the steel-body, pre-2015 Ford F-150.

GMC Yukon
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GMC Yukon

If, for some reason, you're stuck between the Tahoe and the Escalade, the GMC Yukon slots right in between the two.

GMC Yukon
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GMC Yukon

The Yukon, Tahoe and Escalade are all kissin' cousins.

GMC Yukon XL
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GMC Yukon XL

As with the Yukon-Tahoe-Escalade triumvirate, the Yukon XL exists alongside the Suburban and Escalade ESV.

GMC Yukon XL
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GMC Yukon XL

If you really want to get fancy, opt for the Denali trim and watch all your money fly right out the window.

Infiniti QX80
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Infiniti QX80

Infiniti's QX80 is actually a fancy version of the non-US-market Nissan Patrol.

Infiniti QX80
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Infiniti QX80

Like nearly every other vehicle on this list thus far, the QX80 has a large V-8 engine under the hood.

Jeep Wrangler
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Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler might be the first ute that comes to mind when body-on-frame construction is brought up.

Jeep Wrangler
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Jeep Wrangler

Even though it's due for a redesign next year, the Wrangler continues to be the strongest-selling body-on-frame SUV by a factor of two.

Land Rover LR4
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Land Rover LR4

OK, the Land Rover LR4 isn't purely body-on-frame. Allow me to explain.

Land Rover LR4
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Land Rover LR4

The engine bay and passenger compartment are a single piece, and it's then bolted to a ladder frame. It's basically half body-on-frame, and its layout is unique in this list.

Lexus GX
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Lexus GX

The Lexus GX is a hopped-up version of the Toyota 4Runner. No more, no less.

Lexus GX
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Lexus GX

Even the GX's interior is rather close to that of its Toyota brethren.

Lexus LX
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Lexus LX

Lexus also has a fancy version of the Toyota Land Cruiser in its ranks.

Lexus LX
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Lexus LX

It operates on a modified version of the second-generation Toyota Tundra's frame.

Lincoln Navigator
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Lincoln Navigator

Loved by ballers the world over, the Lincoln Navigator shares many of its underpinnings with the Ford Expedition.

Lincoln Navigator
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Lincoln Navigator

A new Navigator should be coming soon, riding on a version of the 2015 F-150's frame.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class
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Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Geländewagen is as old as time itself, and it's never once dared to shed its body-on-frame construction.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class
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Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Driving this rolling time capsule is like attempting to drive a small office park.

Nissan Armada
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Nissan Armada

The old Armada is gone, but while its replacement is really just a tweaked Nissan Patrol, it still boasts a body and a separate frame.

Nissan Armada
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Nissan Armada

The new Armada was apparently planned to ride on the new Titan's frame, but that never materialized.

Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner, while growing larger and larger by the year, continues to shine both on and off-road.

Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner

OK, maybe it really only shines off road, but that's because body-on-frame isn't necessarily the best option for the street.

Toyota Land Cruiser
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Toyota Land Cruiser

The venerable Toyota Land Cruiser is held in high regard around the world for its durability and luxury.

Toyota Land Cruiser
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Toyota Land Cruiser

At $84,000 a pop, it's a fair bit more expensive than the Tundra on which it's based.

Toyota Sequoia
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Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia is still on sale, yes, despite being nearly 10 years old at this point.

Toyota Sequoia
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Toyota Sequoia

It came out a year after the second-generation Tundra did, so it's rocking the same frame as both the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX.

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