The Jeep Wrangler is the default choice for a great off-road vehicle, and for good reason: For the money, there are few trucks more capable. What if you don't want a Wrangler, though? Perhaps you want something more luxurious, or something with a bed. Here are some of the best bets.
If you want to go off-roading on the cheap, it's hard to beat the Jeep Cherokee. Good, running examples can be had for under $5000 all day long, and you get plenty of capability for your money. , and you can own it right now.
Toyota gave its entire TRD Pro line Fox Racing shocks for 2019, making them incredibly capable for all kinds of off-road adventures. The Tacoma remains the coolest of the bunch, and can now be optioned with a sweet A-pillar mounted snorkel. brand-new, and it's for sale.
It might look weird, the VehiCROSS has serious off-road prowess. A short wheelbase, fat tires, and small overhangs make it great for tough terrain. up for grabs on eBay now.
The Nissan Patrol is the default choice for desert travel in Europe and the Middle East, and for good reason. It's able to cross wastelands and climb sand dunes without having to bat an eye.
The FJ Cruiser might seem goofy at first glance, but it offers a surprising amount of off-roading capability. And as with every other Toyota on the planet, it's supremely reliable and cheap to maintain. has high miles, but it seems to be in good condition, and sports a manual transmission.
The Jimny, with its small size and heavy-duty underpinnings, has always been a fantastic off-roader. The new one isn't coming to the US, but remember, Suzuki did sell them here under the Samurai nameplate in the past, if you really want to own one. up for sale for $3900.
You might've forgotten about the Pajero, and that's okay. We didn't get its coolest variant, the Evolution, here in the US. But we did drive one last year, and loved it.
The Defender is just as legendary as the Wrangler, and for good reason. It's been around forever, with a simplistic design that off-roaders love. Plus, it looks fantastic. Hopefully the new one will live up to our high expectations. , and it's for sale on eBay now.
The Unimog might not be the best thing for highway driving, but off the pavement, it's pretty much unstoppable. Massive tires and virtually limitless ground clearance mean you can pretty much go anywhere you want to. up for bidding.
If luxury is what you look for in an off-roader, consider the Wagoneer. It pioneered the style of the modern SUV, with standard comfort features and some seriously cool wood panelling. , and it's for sale.
No, it's not a truck. Some might not even consider it a real car. But the Ariel Nomad can definitely handle itself in an off-road environment. Meaty tires, long-travel suspension, and a tube-frame full body cage mean the it can tackle just about anything you throw at it.
Ford isn't bringing this generation Ranger Raptor to the United States, but it still deserves a spot on this list. Like its bigger F-150 sibling, the Ranger Raptor gets Fox Racing shocks, mean looks, and a collection of off-road drive modes.
Land Rover's newest Discovery ditches its predecessor's ladder-frame in favor of unibody construction, but it hasn't gone totally soft. Mostly thanks to Land Rovers clever off-road electronics, the new Discovery is better off-road than most of its buyers will ever realize. is listed on eBay right now.
Yes, pricing for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class starts at more than double the most expensive Wrangler, however, there's no arguing with its off-road abilities. With three locking differentials, there are very few places you can't go in a G-Wagen. Also like the Wrangler, the G-Wagen is a true icon. that you can buy today.
There is no car on the planet that offers such a compelling mix of luxury and serious off-road capability than the Range Rover. Of course, few who own these actually take them off road, but they're missing out. It's as good, if not better on loose surfaces than in urban areas Range Rovers are usually found. has less than 1000 miles on the clock, and you can own it.
The Wrangler is Jeep's most capable off-roader, but it's far from luxurious. With the Trailhawk package, Jeep adds some all-terrain performance to the more h Grand Cherokee, striking a nice balance between an on- and off-road SUV. Think of it as a Range Rover on a budget. listed for just over $40,000.
Over 30 years after it first went into production, the Toyota 4Runner has modernized with the times, but it's stayed true to its original concept. It's one of the last truly old-school SUVs in an era where most of its competitors are more car than truck. Opt for the TRD Pro package and you get a locking differential, Fox Racing shocks, and some seriously mean looks. , and can be yours.
The Range Rover's only true competitor is the Toyota Land Cruiser and its Lexus cousin, the LX. It's big, comfortable, luxurious, and capable, thanks to all sorts of electronic off-roading features. Of course you'll pay for all that goodness, though: the Toyota starts at $83,825, and the Lexus is $88,880. is listed for thousands off MSRP.
Nissan hasn't put its Raptor-fighting Titan Warrior into production yet, so its best off-road option is the Titan XD PRO-4X. Naturally, it comes with Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, but what sets this truck apart is its optional Cummins V8 diesel engine. , and now it's for sale on eBay.
I know what you're thinking: The Subaru Outback sticks out like a sore thumb on this list, and you're right. It doesn't have crazy ground clearance, or knobby tires, or a locking differential, but the Outback is surprisingly useful off road. You wouldn't take an Outback to Moab, but it's perfect for light trails. right now for under $28,000.