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The 25 Best Off-Road Vehicles Of All Time

May 5, 2020 1.2k votes 108 voters 7.9k views25 items

Seek out nature’s healing embrace in one of the best off-road vehicles. Now is the perfect time to research the best 4x4 off-road vehicle for your needs, be sure to take into account the area you're most likely to go off-roading and peruse the list below. You'll be ready to go on your adventure, and to rock and roll in one of these cars that can chew up rocks and mud just as much as it does pavement.

Fear not fellow gearheads, we've included some classics as well as new off-road warriors on this list. So enjoy getting acquainted with the best off-road SUV’s, best off-road trucks, and best off-road campers for those times when you just want to get away from it all. Whether you’re looking for a rugged SUV, cheap off-road car, or classic off-road vehicle these models have been ranked by real-life off-road enthusiasts, and one these off-road cars is sure to catch your eye.

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  • The Wrangler is a modern day interpretation of Jeep’s military roots. It gets kicked up to 11 with the Rubicon edition, which offers the ultimate in no-compromise, street legal, off-road vehicles. Featuring a more durable transfer case with lower gearing, and Dana 44” axles in the front and rear, the Rubicon can handle the steepest and most demanding of terrain. Plus, it comes with Jeep’s “Trail Rated” badge, which is only awarded to vehicles that display an exceptional ability to withstand tough terrain, harsh conditions and inclement weather.

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    Toyota Land Cruiser (1974–1983)

    The legendary FJ40 was Toyota’s response to the CJ/Willys Jeep, and its voice can still be heard resonating loud and clear all these decades later. Landcruisers are legendary for a reason, offering bulletproof drivetrains, and torquey V6 motors from the factory. Unless you’re a very small person, you can’t sleep in one of these cars, but you can easily stow or tow your gear. They’re slightly more nimble than they’re American inspiration, and the visceral experience that comes with driving one of these SUV’s far exceeds most other off-road rides. You feel much more like a participant than a viewer, and the personality of these vehicles sticks with you long afterwards.

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  • The first generation 4Runner is one of the most versatile 4x4’s ever built. It holds its age well and comes loaded from the factory with off-road friendly goodies, including a removable fiberglass hard-top and solid axles in the front and rear. (It should be noted that the front solid axle was swapped out for independent front suspension in 1986.) Backyard mechanics can easily swap in various motors, drivetrains, and accessories to meet specific needs. Plus, it’s roomy enough to sleep in, and store all your gear. Keep it a daily driver, or transform it into a rock-crawler or Baja worthy pan-American camper. Whatever you choose to use it for, the humble 4Runner will get it done.

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  • This BAMF of a truck was born and bred for Baja style off-road driving. The Raptor was initially revealed to a pleasantly surprised crowd at SEMA 2008, where it was announced the model would be tested in the legendary Baja 1000. After finishing third SCORE’s Class 8, these trucks have remained a 4x4 favorite. With custom tuned reservoir shocks, more than 11 inches of travel front and rear, and an engine boasting 450 horsepower and 510 ft-lb of torque, it’s easy to see why this beast is so beloved.

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