So you've decided you need something bigger than a sedan or sports car, but would rather still have the coverage from the elements that an enclosed vehicle provides, meaning we're talking SUVs. There are a great many variations of SUV on the market in the modern environment, ranging in size, shape, volume, and purpose. If you're looking for a mid-size SUV great for weekend adventuring, there are a great many options. If you want a 4×4 SUV capable of going offroad and caking some mud onto those tires, our choices narrow. In this article, we'll explore the best off road SUV by exploring 10 of the top options available.
The Best Off Road Vehicle (SUV) – 10 Choices
Following is a list of popular SUVs and a few trucks to get you off the road.
How We Reviewed
To construct this list of the 10 top SUVs from which to choose to bring off road and into the wilderness, we assessed the market to determine which SUVs fit the bill. At minimum, the SUV had to be 4×4, as explained above. Once the truck can handle the conditions and terrain, we then moved into a consideration of the capabilities of the SUV, its style, and wide variety of other characteristics. As well.
These include the comfort, reliability, general price, and even the style of the vehicle. With so many options out there is seems clear that whatever your preference, there will be a 4×4 off this list for you to find your personal best off road SUV.
Overall Price Range
The overall price range of the best off road SUV can vary wildly depending upon the make, model, and features selected. Most of the vehicles we explore are around $30,000, although some of the higher-end models can cost in excess of $100,000.
What We Reviewed
Key features of the Jeep Wrangler if you're looking to go off roading are going to be found in the Unlimited Sport 4×4 model, which has the power and capacity to get off the road and up a mountain, with the commercial even seeing to communicate this to us.
The exterior design of the Jeep is quite appealing, with the classic and iconic Jeep front-end and grille, with a strong forward-moving appearance to the updated design.
The interior cabin is designed quite well and comes with the option of cloth interior or Sahara leather. It features a multimedia display in-dash, with the cockpit having something of a modern and futuristic feel with still some of the understated classic style we've grown accustomed to with Jeep.
The performance of the Jeep really depends more on your driving abilities than the vehicle, as this Jeep can handle some tough conditions, and the engine and manual transmission option make moving all the easier.
The Jeep is designed first and foremost with function in mind, but the modern design, comfortable seats, high-riding position on the road, and intelligent placement of features make this 4×4 SUV one of the best off road SUV options in terms of comfort.
As with the purchase of any vehicle, the Jeep option we've explored here is covered by warranty. In the long-run, however, Jeep does have somewhat of a reputation for requiring repairs, at least amongst American vehicles, but don't worry, it won't drain your wallet like a BMW will when it comes time for that scheduled maintenance or the occasional emergency repair.
Given the technological advancements and various upgrades, with the incredibly rare possibility of a 6-speed manual transmission, the value of the Jeep is quite high.
The basic limited warranty runs for a period of 3 years of 36,000 miles, while the extended warranty covers outer panels into 5 years, the power train warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Colorado ZR2 Bison is as the name implies, ready and prepared to stomp over the open plains and forward. This particular option has a 308 horsepower engine and is capable of 5,000 pounds of towing. The engine is a 2.8L turbo-diesel, and according to Chevy “this capable midsize truck was built for the road less traveled”. Poems by Robert Frost aside, this vehicle is likely capable of running down a few paths that other vehicles would leave lesser traveled.
The exterior design of this vehicle is quite strong, although some of the stylized elements like the bump in the hood or the thick racing-stripe option are more sports car features than SUV.
The interior is functionally designed with performance mostly in mind.
This vehicle is capable of getting you where you want to go, featuring 17-inch wheels that are wrapped in thick 31-inch Goodyear tires.
The more truck-based format of this option will likely make for a stiffer ride that might be a little less comfortable than a traditional SUV.
Chevy products are noted for their reliability, and the cost of repair given the interchangeable nature of many GM cars makes it cheaper to keep up as well.
The price versus performance on this vehicle makes it a fine value.
Chevy offers a generous warranty including a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, and a power train limited warranty.
The Land Rover's newest Range Rover is a marvel of modern technology and design. The exterior holds the same classic Land Rover panache, although it has been updated slightly for a modern feel. The interior would be at home at a modern furniture showcase featuring top designers.
The exterior design is outstanding, with just the right amount of flash to the grille, and a variety of crisp lines really make this vehicle stand out on the road.
As noted, top-notch and artistically inspired by mod and art deco aesthetics.
The purpose of this vehicle is to provide you a large SUV to travel in comfort with, having all the space one might need to store the riches from their latest shopping outing, or if you decide to get a little dusty, this vehicle can also go off road.
The level of refinement of this vehicle is exceptional, with reclining rear seats and integrated touchscreens.
The design of Land Rover vehicles is exceptional and must be maintained with ongoing maintenance to support performance.
While costlier than some of the competition, the level of design and advancement of the options nevertheless makes this a fine vehicle to purchase.
New Land Rovers are covered by a new vehicle limited warranty that lasts for some 4 years of 50,000 miles.