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Top Off Road Vehicles Enthusiasts Swear By

If you’re like us then you I’ve for the days you can get one the blacktop and into some mud. What you’re about to see is the coolest, most capable 50 off-road vehicles that exist today. These things can handle just about anything. Some of the ones towards the end of the list may surprise you, but there’s not mistaking: these things are downright awesome. Enjoy!

1. Chevrolet Blazer K5

The Chevrolet Blazer K5 is a compact 4×4 pick-up that has been dubbed “a mountain goat” due to the assuredness of its footing over rough rocky terrain. It a surprisingly nimble despite its bulk, and it is powerful to boot. It comes with a 2.8 L Duramax turbo diesel engine, a 6-speed auto transmission, and an all-wheel drive. If you love the outdoors and need a vehicle to tear up the ground without damage to your vehicle, then the Chevrolet Blazer K5 is an awesome addition to your garage.

2. Toyota Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser is the most expensive factory vehicle from Toyota. It can be seen as a response to the luxury vehicles offered by other manufacturers, e.g., the Range Rover. This expensive vehicle offers luxury, and importantly impressive off-road capabilities. Toyota is recognized for its budget, economical offerings, but the company goes big with the Land Cruiser. The hefty price tag, however, makes it superior in almost every category to other rivals. It is viewed as one of the most capable off-road vehicles available today. You can find this vehicle in the roughest of terrains, tearing up clouds of dust without any problems or hiccups.

3. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is another impressive off-road vehicle that offers excellent off-the-road capabilities. It might be a mid-size truck, but the power under the hood is anything but small. The size means you will enjoy the maneuverability and compactness only small trucks can offer, while the four-cylinder diesel or V6 engine ensures that you have the right power option to suit whatever terrain you find yourself on. It is a small but mighty truck.

4. Dodge Power Wagon First Series

The Dodge Power Wagon First Series began production as afr back as the 1940s and is widely regarded among off-road enthusiasts as one of the best off-roaders ever made. It was based on a WWII military truck, and the solid appearance indicates its sturdy history. The original design and shape was so solid that it wasn’t until the 1970s that any adjustments were made. The vehicle comes in three different engine types; the 3.8L Flathead I6, 4.1L Flathead I6, and the 5.2L LA V8 engines.

5. GMC Canyon All-Terrain

Off-road vehicles are often priced out of the reach of most folks, but not so with the GMC Canyon All-Terrain. It comes at a relatively low price, but don’t be fooled by the price, it still offers some of the best off-roading of any similar vehicles. GMC have made the vehicle with a Z71 suspension package that is made of coil over shocks in front and twin tube socks and leaf springs at the back. It comes in a sporty black finish that adds to the allure. With Hill Descent Control, the vehicle is designed to handle rocky hillsides and other rough terrains comfortably. The 31″ all-terrain tires also ensure impressive grip wherever the vehicle goes.

6. Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Jeep is the most common manufacturer you will find on this list of the 50 best off-road vehicles. And it should come as no surprise. Right from its inception, Jeep and off-roading have gone hand in hand. Driving a Jeep on a rough terrain is like having ice-cream on a hot day; just great. This sport utility vehicle is a classy vehicle that delivers some of the best off-roading you will ever experience. It is lifted by adjustable air suspension , and it rests on 30.5″ all-terrain tires. The bottom of the vehicle features skid plates covering the underbody, front suspension, and the transfer case. The interior is classy and comfortable ; covered in leather there is no denying the class.

7. Jeep Wagoneer

The Wagonner was Jeep’s response to the success of the military vehicles that were converted into civilian workhorses. This time, instead of a bare-bones design, the Wagoneer came with more comfort than usual, offering drivers and passengers a taste of luxury. The Wagonner came with better ground clearance than other vehicles, which made it one of the best vehicles for off-road travel.

8. Lexus GX

The GX might be growing older with each passing year, but despite that, it can steadily hold its own off-road. It comes slightly smaller than the No. 10 vehicle the LX, but it still delivers excellent performance. It has a rugged body-on-frame construction, a self-leveling suspension, and full-time 4-wheek drive system with a 2-speed transfer case. All these features are further complimented by the low-range gearing, hill-descent control, and crawl control. Crawl control helps the vehicle to maintain low speed whether forward or in reverse whenever it is moving on uneven ground.

9. Nissan Patrol

If you are thinking of desert travel, few vehicles will serve you as well as the Nissan Patrol. It comes with features that make crossing uneven and harsh terrains easy. The special design and build ensure that wastelands and sand dunes of the desert are promptly overcome.

10. Suzuki Jimmy

According to Suzuki, the Jimmy, as at the time of its release was the only lightweight off-roader on the market. And to be fair, this was true. Weighing just above 1 ton, the vehicle was not only lightweight, but came with features that made off-roading practical and impressive. The vehicle comes with rigid-axle suspension and a low-ratio four-wheel drive gearbox. When compared with other SUVs of similar ilk, the approach, break over, and departure angles are significantly better.

11. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss

The Chevrolet Silverado has, for a long time, offered buyers the option of pairing with a Z71 Off-Road package, and buyers have long taken advantage of the provision. The package offers an auto locking rear differential and upgraded suspension which Rancho shocks. It also comes with a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing, protective skid plates, hill-descent control and more. It comes with a 2.0″ suspension lift for ground clearance, 18″ wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, and better approach and departure angles. The only downside found is that it is not paired with the 420 horsepower 6.2L V8 engine.

12. Ford Expedition with FX4 Off-Road Package

Another vehicle to be fitted with the FX4 Off-Road package is the Ford Expedition line of vehicles. The vehicle in itself is an impressive piece of work. It comes with spacious interiors, and a powerful turbo-charged 3.5L V6 engine. If you want to hit a rough terrain, though, you will need to outfit it with the FX4 Off-Road package. The package is exclusive to the XLT entry-level trim that has an all-wheel drive. The additions the FX4 Off-Road package brings include an electronic limited-slip differential, a heavy-duty engine radiator, and a two-speed transfer case. The rims are 18″ in diameter and come wrapped in all-terrain tires. To protect the underbelly and vital parts like the fuel tank, the package outfits the vehicle with skid plates.

13. Hummer H1

What is a list of off-road vehicles without the Hummer appearing? This time, the Hummer H1 is the one to represent the brand of sturdy vehicles. The H1, when released was almost impractical on pavement. However, moved off pavement, it becomes something else. The vehicle was engineered by AMG for the military, so you can imagine how sturdy it was built. It features 16″ of ground clearance, four-wheel independent suspension, and an impressive drivetrain.

14. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

With the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Jeep moves away from the conventional bulky SUV and comes in an intimidating, all-business design. It comes with the Quadra-Drive II air suspension from Jeep that lifts the vehicle from 8.2 inches to 10.8 inches with the mere application of a button. With impressive shock absorption, it turns what could have been an arduous trip over rough terrain into something manageable. Jeep dispenses with luxury and technological gimmicks to give a solid, bare-bones vehicle that offers a sweet ride.

15. Nissan Titan Pro-4X

The Nissan Titan Pro-4X is a light duty vehicle that comes with an excellent ability to navigate rough terrain. It comes in a smaller size than its heavy-duty sibling the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X. Although it is 14.7″ shorter than its sibling, it still offers decent off-roading. It comes with a variety of features found on the bigger Titan XD. Some of these features include all-terrain tires, a radiator skid plate, hill-descent control, mono-tube off-road dampers, electronic locking rear differential, and an off-road gauge. The engine is a 390 HP 5.6L V8 engine, therefore rest assured that the vehicle will successfully traverse rough roads.