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.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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.
England's Jeep CJ in all but name, the Defender is a Cold War design that still finds favor among off-roaders. Britain's military preferred them to American Humvees, mostly because Defenders were half the weight, and could be hauled two-at-a-time under airlift helicopters. Defenders have continued in service overseas, seeing action most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. Granted, some of that action was by the Taliban, which used captured Rovers. But hey, if anybody knows off-road vehicles, it's probably a bunch of psychopaths who live in the desert.
Ford SVT Raptor
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.