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The 11 Best Off-Road Vehicles You Can Buy Right Now

Vehicles have gone soft lately as SUVs and pickups have prioritized fuel economy and comfort over all-out off-road capability. For most buyers, that’s a good thing. But plenty of truck buyers still enjoy a romp in the mud, and these 11 rides are for them.

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Vehicles have gone soft lately as SUVs and pickups have prioritized fuel economy and comfort over all-out off-road capability. For most buyers, that’s a good thing. But plenty of truck buyers still enjoy a romp in the mud, and these 11 rides are for them.

1 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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The Chevy Colorado is the newest entrant in the mid-size truck category, and they are taking it by storm by offering a number of special editions that will appeal to all types of buyers. They’ve got the only diesel available in a mid-size truck and it gets best in class 22 city/30 hwy. New for 2017 is an off-road specific truck called the Colorado ZR2. It’s aimed squarely at the Tacoma TRD and Raptor crowd.

The ZR2 sports an upgraded suspension, wider wheelbase, locking front and rear differentials, as well as driver controlled traction control, which is vital for a true four-wheeler. The ZR2 will be available in all cab and engine configurations. Pricing and delivery dates have yet to be announced.

2 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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Toyota takes off-road capability seriously: From the first Land Cruisers to today’s tough pickups, there has always been at least a handful of Toyotas that excel off the pavement. This year, Toyota has added a new TRD Pro option package to the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra. Because of its size and flexy coil-link rear suspension, the may be the most capable of the bunch—and the best to drive on the street, too.

Toyota’s Trail package already comes with a locking rear differential and the company’s excellent Crawl Control—essentially a cruise control for off road. With the TRD Pro package, the suspension is replaced with taller Eibach coils and remote reservoir Bilstein shocks. The new suspension allows for an extra inch of wheel travel at both ends. The 4Runner also gains ground clearance with taller 265/75R16 BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires wrapped around tough-looking faux beadlock wheels.

All this makes the $36,410 4Runner TRD Pro one stout four-wheeler for not a lot of dough.

3 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition

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When a collection of hardcore off-road-duty parts came together in the TJ version of the Jeep Wrangler in 2003, it was as if every four-wheeler’s dream list of components had been built into Jeep’s most capable platform. And for more than a decade since, the Wrangler Rubicon has been the benchmark 4WD SUV.

Today’s Rubicon package adds hardware such as Dana 44 axles, a 4:1 transfer case for easy slow-speed crawling, and a swaybar disconnect system to free up the suspension when the Jeep needs additional suspension flex on the toughest trails. For 2015 there’s a new Hard Rock version of the Rubicon that includes blacked-out trim, tough bumpers with removable end caps, red tow hooks and rock rails to protect the sides of body tub. Also for 2015, all Wranglers receive a new Torx tool kit that includes all the tools needed to remove roofs, doors, and those bumper cap ends.

4 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Few nameplates are as synonymous with off-roading as the Land Cruiser. And as Toyota’s flagship SUV has grown in size, price, and amenities, the company has been careful to retain the big ute’s talents for slogging through rough terrain.

The Land Cruiser packs a mammoth 5.7-liter 381-hp V-8. To float over the worst trails, the Toyota uses plush-riding independent front and coil-long solid axle rear suspension engineered for increased articulation. The basis of that system comes from Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension, which automatically allows for more suspension movement in slow-speed, off-road conditions, then tighten up as it senses lean at higher road speeds. It’s brilliant.

Like the off-road 4Runner, the Land Cruiser also comes with Crawl Control. There’s even a system that, when activated, brakes the outside rear wheel to tighten the vehicles’ turning circle on a narrow trail. That’s smart. However, this tech, along with the luxury of the Land Cruiser, comes with a steep price tag. It starts at just under $80,000.

5 Ram Power Wagon

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You may be looking at the most capable pickup truck available for 2015. Ram takes the Heavy Duty Ram truck’s strengths, like its solid axles front and rear and coil-link suspension, and builds upon them for the Power Wagon. The suspension is slightly taller than a pedestrian Ram 2500. To increase articulation in the three-link front suspension, engineers developed a new high movement joint called Articulink. This joint allows more flex in the suspension to keep the tires on the ground in rough terrain. If that’s not enough, simply press a button and the swaybar disconnects, freeing up more of the suspension.

In particularly tricky or muddy spots, the Power Wagon’s locking front and rear differentials can pull the truck through. In fact, with all these systems engaged, it’s pretty tough to get this Ram stuck. But if you manage to do it, there’s a Warn electric winch hidden behind the front bumper.

The best bang for your buck would be the base Tradesman, which starts at just under $45,000. Remember, that money is also buying you a heavy-duty truck that can tow more than 10,000 pounds.

6 Ford Raptor

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When the Ford Raptor debuted in 2010, it was so radical and so good at high-speed desert four-wheeling that no production truck or SUV could catch it. That’s still the case today.

The stout 411-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 makes the Raptor so quick. But it’s the suspension, wide track. and giant 35-inch tires that make this pickup so gifted in the dirt. The independent front and solid-axle rear suspension systems have been engineered to provide nearly a foot of wheel travel at each corner—double that of a normal pickup truck. That suspension remains supple at higher speeds thanks to the Fox Racing shocks. The Raptor might be Baja focused, but thanks to a locking rear differential and a Torsen limited-slip up front, the Raptor is nearly as capable for slow crawling as a Power Wagon.

So what’s the bad news? There’s an all-new F-150 for 2015 and the Raptor isn’t part of the lineup—yet. We hear a new Raptor is coming. But if you want one of the originals, the time is now.

7 Land Rover Range Rover

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Just one look at the Range Rover’s sleek profile and posh interior and you’d want to classify this SUV as just another luxury vehicle. But the Range Rover has always been the flagship Land Rover, and as such, it must have serous off-road capability.

The Range Rover’s adjustable and long travel air suspension (10.2 inches up front and 12.2 inches in the rear) and its computer-controlled Terrain Response four-wheel drive system work in concert to perform incredible feats in the dirt. For serious trailwork, the Rover can rise up on its springs and provide a foot of ground clearance.

Where some 4WD omit water fording in their suite of talents, Range Rover engineers have designed this SUV to cross water up to three feet deep. And the Rover has an aggressive 2.93:1 low-range gearing as well as an optional locking rear differential, so it can probably crawl over obstacles that would leave other luxury SUVs with their tires spinning.

Speaking of spinning tires, opt for the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 and you’ll get a ridiculous 510 hp that can power the Range Rover to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Be prepared to pony up, though, as this beast starts at $84,000.


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