For those interested in getting into the overland hobby, there are countless off-road capable vehicles straight out of the factory. Here are some of the most capable options:
Probably the most common off-road vehicle for a reason. The Jeep wrangler has more aftermarket support than any other off-road vehicle. There are countless companies providing aftermarket modifications for Wranglers. It is also extremely capable and with the right mods can become a full on off-road beast. This is one of the few vehicles still utilizing solid axles in both the front and back, which add extra capability to the vehicle for maneuvering over off-road obstacles.
Some people have complained about the cheaper materials used to build them in the newer models. Additionally, it is not great for on-road driving.
The Jeep Gladiator is essentially the pickup truck version of the Wrangler. This model is much newer than the Wrangler, so although there is good aftermarket support, it does not match the level of that for the Wrangler. Very similar to the Wrangler in off-road ability, but with much better towing capacity.
The Gladiator is not as maneuverable as the Wrangler when it comes to off-roading, but is overall very similar. Additionally, it has the same downsides with on-road driving as the Wrangler.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is surprisingly capable for an unibody SUV. With great technical function allowing for off-road traction, crawl mode, and adjustable ride height this vehicle comes ready to off-road out of the box. Utilizing an independent axle in both the front and back, it has less maneuverability off-road than the Wrangler or Gladiator, but is still very capable. It also has great on-road capability which is ideal for long road trips to off-road trails.
The biggest downside is the lack of aftermarket support. Not many companies provide mods specifically for the Grand Cherokee. Additionally, it is not as capable as the Wrangler or Gladiator.
Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
The Toyota Tacoma is a very popular vehicle for overlanding. Toyota is known for making reliable vehicles that last a long time. The new models have all sorts of off-roading capabilities built into their mechanics. Various terrain modes to select from as well as crawl control similar to that of the Grand Cherokee. It has an independent front suspension and solid rear axle. However, one of the great upsides is the aftermarket support for this vehicle. From metal bumpers to lift kits you will have options on modifying your rig.
Although off road capable, the Tacoma does not stand out as much when compared to some of the other vehicles Jeep is bringing to market. Additionally, small cabin space can make for a less comfortable vehicle.
Similar to the Toyota Tacoma, the 4runner is very reliable. One notable feature is its high ground clearance. Not to mention the many off-road functions built into the vehicle to help retain traction in various terrains. It also has good after-market support for various modifications. Finally, it has great cargo space.
Some complain about the fuel efficiency. And like the Tacoma that it is less suited for on-road travel.
One of the largest vehicles on this list, the Ford Raptor is a solid option for overlanding. It has some amazing towing capacity and is extremely capable. Its powerful engine and quality suspension make it a great off-road vehicle.
The biggest downsides are that it is expensive. Additionally, the large size makes it less suitable for small trails than more compact vehicles.
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