Driving off-road is a huge thrill for a lot of drivers. They don’t have to stick to the rules and set patterns of crawling through city traffic or sailing along a highway. It gives you more freedom to do what you want and go wherever you like. While off-roading isn’t for everyone, many people enjoy the thrill and the messiness of it. But if you want to drive off-road, making sure you have the right vehicle is essential. You need to consider factors such as safety and stability, suspension, control, and a range of other aspects that matter just a bit more when you’re not driving on a tarmac road. If you’re looking for a new vehicle that can handle off-roading, try some of these top picks.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition
Jeep has a number of options for people who are looking to go off-road. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock is a limited edition vehicle for 2017, which comes in two options. You can choose the standard version or the unlimited, a larger four-door choice you might prefer if you have family or friends who join you on your trips. It features a range of useful elements, from winch-capable steel bumpers and premium off-road rock rails so some of the best all terrain truck tires. The interior of the vehicle is comfortable and offers you luxury too. With heated leather-trimmed front seats and all-weather slush mats, it’s practical and good looking.
Land Rover Range Rover
If you’re looking for an off-road vehicle that looks great, whether you’re roaming around in the mud or taking the kids to school, the Range Rover has long been one of the best choices. This sleek car might look like it’s just there for its looks, but it also offers excellent off-road capabilities. Its long travel air suspension is adjustable, and the four-wheel drive system is computer controlled for extra responsiveness to the terrain. You can even raise the vehicle to leave a foot of clearance between it and the ground.
Anyone who loves to head to the dessert has likely considered a Ford Raptor. This truck has remained one of the best in the business since its inception in 2010. Some of the elements that make it great include its suspension and its extra-wide tires. The latest version is the 2017 F-150 Raptor, with all new features. The technology in the new Raptor includes a new four-wheel-drive transfer case for better control.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The Chevy Colorado ZR2 is specifically built for off-roading as part of the wider Colorado line of mid-sized trucks. The 2017 ZR2 features driver controlled traction control, as well as purpose-built off-road suspension and a wide track for extra stability. You can even choose to have a full-size, bed-mounted spare tire carrier, so you’ll be prepared if you get into any trouble. Despite the off-road capabilities, the interior is pretty sleek to look at too.
If you’re looking for an off-road vehicle, think about your priorities. It’s worth considering whether you like deserts, mountains or mud.