Perhaps the auto industry’s most unlikely icon, the Mercedes-Benz G-wagen was originally developed for the German military way back in 1979. The civilian model gained popularity for its rugged chic and anti-style style. Then AMG got its hands on the G-wagen, and the muscled-up variants including the G63 and the twin-turbo V-12–powered G65 eventually eclipsed the standard G-class in sales. It became clear that the more outrageous Mercedes made the G-wagen, the more buyers loved it. That realization led to the G550 4×4(2).
The height. That ludicrous, ludicrous height. Even at six-foot-four, you will enjoy the work to clamber up into the 4×4 Squared. Once in the driver’s seat, though, you’re a good head above full-size pickup owners, almost staring eye-to-eye with tour bus drivers. It’s like driving a monster truck. (Obviously, this is a good thing.)