trucks The Best Off-Road Trucks on Four Wheels  

Richard Rowe
315 votes 107 voters 2.6k views 20 items

People could argue forever about the best off-road truck in the world. Unlike hyper-velocity supercars, track-ready handlers, or face-melting muscle cars, it's hard to pin down exactly what qualifies any vehicle to be among the world's best off-road trucks. 

Much of it comes down to personal preference, your priorities, and what era of history you like best. Some would contend that the greatest off-road trucks were made in the 1940s, 1960s, or 1980s. Some would say the best off-roading trucks come from America, or England, or Germany, depending on brand loyalty and preference for luxury or amenities. If you prioritize simplicity and ease of repair, odds are good you'd never own anything made after 1994. If you don't care about electronics and complexity, you probably like modern computers that can handle any terrain condition.

But no matter what, two things are for sure: I'm writing the list, and these are the 20 I picked. Vote up your favorite, and please make sure to comment and tell the world why your favorite is the real best off road truck in the world.    
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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Off-Road Trucks on Four Wheels
Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Corporate/Flickr
This might be Jeep's hardest-core off-roader to date, including the old CJ. In an odd departure from the "bigger is better" evolution of most models, the current JK is actually 2.5 inches shorter in overall length than the TJ it replaced. Much as it might pain some to admit, the JK is everything the CJ was, plus 40 years of development, electronic controls, and a lot more power. About the only bad thing you can say about the JK is that it's much more complicated than the CJ, and electronic-everything isn't exactly ideal off road. But, that's just how it is these days. If you can deal with that, the JK is no joke at all. 
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Ford SVT Raptor

Ford SVT Raptor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Off-Road Trucks on Four Wheels
Photo: Bruno RS/Flickr
Forty years from now, when Ranker publishes a list of the best classic off-road trucks, Ford's Raptor may well end up at the top. True, some might bemoan the loss of the last generation's 411-horse 6.2-liter V-8, and it's crazy awesome exhaust note -- but the 2017 model's EcoBoost V-6 isn't likely to disappoint in the power department. Keep an eye out for the inevitable 1,000-horsepower VelociRaptor from Hennessey. 
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2005-Up Dodge Ram Power Wagon

2005-Up Dodge Ram Power Wagon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Off-Road Trucks on Four Wheels
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The original Power Wagon was based on Dodge's WWII era WC chassis, and it is rightly considered the grandfather of all four-wheel-drive trucks today. By some standards, it's still one of the best. But the newer Power Wagon package probably makes 2005-later Rams objectively better off-roaders. Granted, it's not quite the low-speed crawler that the original Power Wagon was - that particular Dodge was almost more tractor than truck. But the newer model's almost as good at crawling over obstacles, and its Hemi engine gives it plenty of power for hammering through deep sand and mud. It might or might not be "better," but the new Power Wagon is at least far more versatile

Mercedes-Benz G-Class is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Off-Road Trucks on Four Wheels
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Imagine a German-engineered Jeep YJ with four doors, a luxury interior, and enough cachet to stay cool on Hollywood Boulevard. That's the G-Class. And if none of that is quite enough to sway you, there's always a 500-horsepower mill courtesy of AMG. Torpedoes not included. 

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