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Ten of the Best Off-Road Vehicles for 2011

By Sam Grossman | June 13, 2011
Off-roading has become more and more popular, and in return automotive companies are beginning to offer an abundance of new options and models related to off-roading. While there are numerous off-road vehicles offered today, the following are the 10 I believe to be the best. Paragraphimage The Jeep Wrangler has been the epitome of an off-road vehicle for many years now. Even though Jeep will soon add a modern Pentastar V-6 engine inside this rough, rigid vehicle, the current model still excels most when driven on rough terrain. Although Jeep offers a four-door version, stick with the two-door to keep the vehicle as compact as possible. The Wrangler Rubicon is sure to take you to places you never thought possible in a car. Paragraphimage As far as off-road vehicles go, the Nissan Xterra Off-Road is one of the best. Unlike the other Xterra models, the off-road model comes suited with all-terrain tires, electronic hill descent control, and hill assist. All these features, along with its 4.0-liter 261-horsepower engine make it an elite off-road vehicle. Paragraphimage Not only is the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor the best off-road vehicle Ford has ever made, it may very well take the cake as the best off-road vehicle currently on the market. Ford has created a beast. The Raptor has a number of features that make this such an extraordinary off-road vehicle. It starts with its standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine spitting out a remarkable 411 horsepower. It seems there's nothing this car can’t do, and yes, that includes 100 mph in the desert although it is not recommended! Paragraphimage The Land Cruiser is one of the longest running nameplates offered in the Toyota lineup, but that doesn’t mean the SUV isn’t still an above average off-road vehicle. Toyota vehicles are rugged and reliable, and this one is no different. Although it is a big, heavy vehicle, its 5.7-liter V-8 enables it to be quicker than most trucks and a fantastic off-road vehicle. Paragraphimage Although it is a tall, stately SUV, the Land Rover LR4 is actually one of the more effective off-road vehicles. The LR4 is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for, and that includes the technology that allows it to be such a strong off-road vehicle. It offers three off-roading features including hill start assist, a hill descent control system, and a gradient acceleration control. Although thought by many as more of a luxury vehicle, the LR4's strong suit may actually be off the pavement. Paragraphimage For many years, the Toyota 4Runner has been considered a good off-road vehicle, so could the 2011 4Runner be the best one yet? Through an increase in technology and a stronger frame, it's possible. New off-road features include crawl control, which involves a system that controls throttle and brake response at low speeds, allowing the driver to focus on steering. These and a number of other features allow this vehicle to master the wilderness. Paragraphimage When people think Jeep, off-roading instantly comes to mind. One reason for this is the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4, which has been mastering the road for years. Aesthetically this SUV continues to look attractive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t tackle the wilderness, as it is still one of the best off-road vehicles offered today. Paragraphimage The Subaru Outback didn’t win the Motor Trend sport/utility of the year award in 2011 for no reason. It is a highly capable vehicle to take off-road, with its four- and six-cylinder options. At 3700 pounds, the Subaru is rather lightweight, which helps its maneuverability throughout the wilderness. It may be small, but it can sure keep up with the big boys. Paragraphimage Although quite pricey, the Range Rover is an elite off-road vehicle. Off-road upgrades have only made it stronger in this field, allowing it to compete with the best of them. Some key features include sand launch control, which helps reduce wheel spin without losing any power, and hill descent control, which helps control the car while going downhill. Don’t let the big price and luxury fool you, this vehicle is made to go off-road. Paragraphimage The Porsche Cayenne, like the Range Rover, is expensive and luxurious, yet more than capable of going off-road. Porsche has made this vehicle even lighter and more powerful, giving it the rare ability to hug corners and climb over rocks. Don’t let this SUV’s handling fool you. It has a rugged side that will make you forget you’re in a Porsche.
  • 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rear Passengers View
  • 2011 Ford F 150 Svt Raptor Supercrew Front Three Quarter 51
  • 2010 Nissan Xterra Off Road Front View
  • 2011 Subaru Outback Rear View
  • 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Rear Passengers Side Three Quarters View
  • 2010 Land Rover Lr4 Front View Off Roading
  • 2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Front End 2
  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2011 Range Rover
  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne S
Raptor Octillo Wells
Raptor Octillo Wells

@Edmonton Jeep: It's only at the top of the list in terms of level on the page. They say under the Raptor description that "it may very well take the cake as the best off-road vehicle currently on the market" I'm not so sure about the statement: The Raptor is the best Ford off-roader ever. Yeah the Raptor is a king at off road speed, and can do excellent in dirt, but the Bronco was a true Rock-cralwer at heart.

Edmonton Jeep
Edmonton Jeep

I'm glad to see the Jeep Wrangler on top of the list because I won't settle seeing it below and being surpassed by other off-road vehicles. My father had a Jeep Wrangler that he would use to take us on camping and hiking trips for the family. I carried on the tradition. Although my father has long been gone and he had to sell his dear old Jeep because I wasn't around when his body told him he can't drive anymore, I was able to buy my own Wrangler, which I alternately use with the family sedan. I could say that it is very dependable when it comes to off-road trekking adventure.