Drive, Fly, Float: Reviewing The HondaJet Elite, Jeep Gladiator And Polaris Indy XC

Whether by land, snow or air, these luxe toys are amazing.

The HondaJet Elite is touted by its manufacturer as “the world’s most advanced light jet.”
The HondaJet Elite features The cabin features a private lavatory, full-service galley, two-toned executive leather seats and Wi-Fi.

Private Jet: HondaJet Elite

It might not hit you at first—but go ahead, take another look. See it yet? Yes, those jet engines are perched on pylons above the HondaJet Elite’s wings. The original, idiosyncratic HondaJet entered production in 2015, signaling the Japanese engineering conglomerate’s foray into the world of aviation. The Elite debuted a few years later, before taking over as the only version of the plane in production. According to the manufacturer, no detail was overlooked in creating the “world’s most advanced light jet.” The cabin features a private lavatory, full-service galley, two-toned executive leather seats and Wi-Fi. With a range of 1650 miles, the journey on board might actually be the destination.     

Like battle-hardened warriors, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is rugged in all the right ways.

Off-Road Truck: Jeep Gladiator

In ancient Rome, the gladiators who fought in the dirt and the mud did so for glory. Like those battle-hardened warriors, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is rugged in all the right ways. Built for adventure—or wherever the pavement ends—the gas-fed Gladiator picks up where the brand’s last pick-up model, the Comanche, left off in the early 1990s. The truck pairs a four-door cab with a five-foot cargo bed and undeniable Jeep character (it is, after all, inspired by the legendary Wrangler). Trail-rated capabilities include large off-road tires, a sturdy suspension and advanced all-wheel-drive systems. Remember: Colosseum crowds used their thumbs to signal whether a losing gladiator should live or die. The Jeep wave will never be the same.

A pair of 850-class two-stroke engines take the Polaris Indy XC to new heights.

Snowmobile: Polaris Indy XC

More than four decades after Polaris unveiled the Indy lineup, it’s back with a new generation of snowmobiles carrying the Indy moniker. Entering the heated trail-crossover market, Polaris has unleashed two versatile machines in the form of the Indy XC 129 and 137 models. (The number refers to the track: 129 inch and 137 inch, respectfully.) Both sleds can be powered by an owner’s choice of 600-, 800- or 850-class two-stroke twin engines. It’s the last one—the 850 Patriot—that can take these sleds to new heights, delivering a fast, easy-to-ride experience for both the twisting-trail pro and novice rider.

Simon Murray

Simon Murray always wanted to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, so he took the road far less traveled: by becoming a travel and leisure writer. He can now be found taking Rolls Royce Wraiths through Saguaro cactus-studded deserts, dining in Michelin-starred restaurants in southern Italy and aboard yachts as far afield as Fiji. It's tough, but it's a living.

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