Best 4×4 Vehicles for Off-Roading
Looking to go on an epic off-roading adventure?
Explore the best trucks and SUVs that can conquer any terrain Missouri has to offer (and beyond)!
There may not be a better time to be an off-roading enthusiast than now. With dozens of offerings from more than a half-dozen manufacturers, there’s bound to be one perfect dirt-road tough vehicle for you.
When it comes to off-road vehicles, it’s not necessarily all about size and power. Sometimes, it’s the small, nimble SUV that masters the trail, while other times it’s the speed and brute-force available in a heavy duty pickup truck. If dominating in the dirt or mucking in the mud is your idea of a good time, then this list is for you. All of these capable trucks come with some variation of 4-wheel-drive (all wheel drive, 4×4, AWD, FWD, etc.).
For ease of comparison, we’ll stick with comparing factory made models and not modded trucks or SUVs — although all of these featured vehicles take well to modifications. We’ll also stay focused on a few off-roading specific SUVs, mid-size pickups, full-size pickups and HD pickups, all available for the 2019 or 2020 model year.
Best Off-Road SUVs
These vehicles offer good “bang-for-the-buck” abilities with engines that get decent gas mileage, durable off-roading shocks, various locking differentials, and a ride that’s not back-breaking when on city streets.
- Jeep Wrangler Rubicon No off-roading list is complete without at least one Jeep product — and in this case, we’re featuring two. First up is the Wrangler Rubicon, which offers solid front and rear axles, the same V6 found in the Gladiator, skid plates, upgraded tires, suspension and a locking rear diff. It’s a great vehicle for both on-and-off road days, and can be quite compliant as a daily driver.
- Jeep Grand Cherokee This long-standing member of the Jeep family can do much more than handle your boring morning commute. It shares a lot of off-road tech with the Wrangler including three versions of 4-wheel-drive systems, front and rear limited slip diffs and hill descent control. You can option your GC with either a 3.6-liter V6 for some fuel economy, or with the monstrous 6.4-liter V8 that cranks out 470 horsepower.
- Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro While it’s hard to believe this SUV has been around for over 30 years, just ask any owner about its capabilities and you’re bound to get a smile — not to mention a few stories. Selecting the TRD Pro package gets you Fox shocks, specially tuned front springs, skid plates, a locking diff and options for a smorgasbord of other off-roading goodies.
Best Off-Road Trucks (Mid-Sized)
Sometimes, you don’t need a huge truck to scratch that off-roading itch, especially when a smaller and more economical truck will do the job just fine. Here are some great mid-sized trucks that come nicely equipped to take on most unbeaten paths.
- Chevrolet Colorado ZR2/GMC Canyon All Terrain GM hit a homerun with the Canyonado twins in 2014, and it’s only gotten better since then. The ZR2 and All Terrain versions offer fender flares to accommodate bigger off-road tires, upgraded shocks and a lifted suspension. Buyers can choose between a V6 or turbo diesel, the latter of which returns close to 30 mpg highway. If you want to crank the knob to 11, buyers should demo the ZR2 Bison, which comes from the factory with a winch, sportier fender flares, beefed up skid plates and steel bumpers.
- Jeep Gladiator Rubicon This newly released truck offers impressive tow capacity, locking diffs, off-road tires and a lifted ride height. It shares a “tried-and-true” V6 with the Wrangler and can carry more than 1,000 pounds in its bed. Starting in 2020, you’ll be able to order the vehicle with the 3-liter V6 turbodiesel, which offers more than 440 lb-ft of torque and we should see impressive miles-per-gallon stats.
- Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro The Tacoma has been around for decades, and for good reason — it’s proven capable of being both a great daily driver as well as capable off-roader. The TRD Pro version takes all that capability up a notch with skid plates, all-terrain tires, Fox shocks and even more ride height. Oh, and you can order your Taco with a six-speed manual.
Best Off-Road Trucks (Full-Sized)
- Ford F-150 Raptor Ford has been making Raptors for many years now, and for good reason — it’s the most capable F-150 ever built and comes with a host of specialized upgrades. Its reinforced frame, off-road tires and vehicle-specific body cladding help it stand out in the sea of off-road trucks. Its heavily modified suspension comes with Fox shocks, and the twin-turbo 3.5 liter Ecoboost engine is massaged to produce 450 horsepower.
- Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss/GMC Sierra All Terrain These trucks offer upgraded off-road suspensions with heavy-duty shocks and locking rear diff, hill descent control and transfer case shields. Both versions can be sourced with GM’s reliable and powerful 5.3-liter V8. While these trucks aren’t in the same league as the Raptor, they’re still nicely upgraded and can handle some pretty tough terrain.
- Ram 1500 Rebel The Ram 1500 won Edmund’s Editor’s Choice for Best Truck in 2019, so it’s safe to say drivers will be impressed with this super capable truck. This truck has a lifted suspension, skid plates, tow hooks, locking rear diff and hill descent control. While the truck comes with a V6 as standard equipment, checking the box for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is recommended. A TRX version is also available with a 575-horsepower version of the Hellcat motor, massive off road tires and nearly 13 inches of suspension travel.
Best Off-Road Trucks (Heavy Duty)
These trucks are built for those folks who need the biggest and baddest pickup on the block! They feature powerful motors, high tow and load capacities, seating for six and come packed with all the modern conveniences you’d expect in a truck today.
- Nissan Titan XD Pro-4x Nissan’s updates to its full-size pickup started in 2016, and the second-generation Titan is available in both Regular and XD forms. The XD version is built on a heavy-duty frame that has roots in Nissan’s commercial vehicle line and a Cummins diesel engine as an option. From the factory, it gets Bilstein shocks, locking rear diff, skid plates and hill descent control.
- Ram 2500 Power Wagon Dodge has been building a variation of the Power Wagon since 1946. This truck has been popular with farmers and off-roaders alike ever since. Ram redesigned the Power Wagon in 2019 and made it even more capable than ever before. It now comes with a massive hemi engine, 2-inch factory lift with Bilstein shocks, a motorized disconnecting sway bar, front and rear locking diffs and can be ordered with a factory-installed winch.
Looking for a 4×4 SUV or truck for off-roading?
Whether you’re a true “dyed-in-the-wool” offroader with decades of experience, a weekend warrior interested in seeing all the trails Missouri has to offer or just wanting a truck that goes as good as it looks, there’s an off-road vehicle made for you. You can always find the best selection of both new and used off-road ready vehicles available today at Bryant Motors. Browse our inventory now!
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