There are still plenty of options for people who like to drive in harsh and varied environments. Here are 5 of the greatest cars for off-road driving today.
1. Toyota Land Cruiser
The main criticism of the Toyota Land Cruiser is that it’s no good in cities. And this might be true, but if you’re looking for a car that can go off-road and handle truly hostile environments, there’s no better option than a Land Cruiser.
If you go to countries that often have to deal with difficult terrains and poor roads (or no roads at all), you’ll find a lot of people driving Toyota Land Cruisers. So, don’t be put off by some of the negativity, if you want to focus on going off-road, this is the car for you.
2. Ford Raptor
The Ford Raptor is the best option if you’re looking for a 4×4 pickup. It not only looks incredible, it does the job it was built to do even better. The wheels are huge, and it’s built like a beast. The off-road tires are 35 inches tall, so it’ll be able to tackle every terrain out there.
Unlike some other off-road vehicles, it can also do the on road stuff too. It’s smooth and drives like a luxury Ford when the times comes to hit the highway. That’s something you pay for though; the prices aren’t cheap!
3. Mitsubishi Shogun
Some cars split opinion more than others, and that’s definitely true of the Mitsubishi Shogun. And I think it’s quite clear why there’s such a variation in opinions. Similarly to the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Shogun is much better off the road than on it.
So, if you want a car that’s virtually unstoppable off-road, then the Shogun will suit you down to the ground. There aren’t many cars that can take on such varied landscapes at such relatively low costs. The interiors are a little cheap and the it’s not great on tarmac, but if you can handle that, it’s a great car.
4. Jeep Grand Cherokee
When many other SUV manufacturers were turning their attention to the family market and forgetting that SUVs were meant to go off-road, Jeep held firm. The Grand Cherokee is adept and going off-road and retains the sturdiness you’d expect from a Jeep.
The interiors are incredibly comfortable. And that’s an important feature in off-road cars, but one that many manufacturers neglect. The costs are lower than its rivals too; you can find used models at Thames Motor Group for good prices.
5. Fiat Panda 4×4
If you’re limited by a small budget, don’t worry, there’s always the Fiat Panda 4×4. This car is great for off-road driving, despite it’s relatively small size and low price. You can buy a new Panda 4×4 for less than £14,000 now, it’s a bargain you can’t afford to pass up.
It works well as a city car too due to its compact design. It’s the king of low-cost versatility at the moment, so make sure you consider it if you need a car that can take on different tasks.
Many SUVs are neglecting off-road driving, but these cars are bucking the trend.