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The Best Off-Roading Vehicles

February 5, 2022


Off-roading has become a huge pastime for many around the country. It is a great way to get outdoors and in today's world, it is a fun activity where social distancing isn't a problem at all. But what makes a great off-roading vehicle?

And which ones are the best of the best? Well, Let's find out! 





Table of Contents

-What Makes a Great Off-Roading Vehicle?

-Jeep Wrangler

-Toyota 4-Runner

-Ford F-150 Raptor

-Toyota Tacoma

-Jeep Gladiator


What Makes a Great Off-Roading Vehicle?


It is first important to note that a lot of what makes an off-roading vehicle great is aftermarket parts. Most factory vehicles aren't made to take off-road right from the lot even when they are the best ones for the job.

For safety reasons look into large mud, hybrid, or all-terrain tires for traction, a suspension lift for ground clearance, and strong, durable wheels. Along with recovery gear and armor too. 


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So what should you look for when buying a vehicle to take off-road? 

  • 4-Wheel Drive

  • High Torque

  • Reliable

  • Strong/ Durable/ Tough

  • Easy to fix

  • Aftermarket Support

  • Ground Clearance

  • Good Wheel Articulation



Jeep Wrangler


A true mainstay in the off-roading industry, the Jeep Wrangler is known for its excellent off-roading abilities. It is more than a vehicle, it is truly a lifestyle. People eat, breathe, and sleep Jeep. They love Jeeps for their attractive design, versatility, comfort, performance, aftermarket support, and fantastic resale value.

Though they have had some issues with reliability, fuel economy, lack of cargo space, and rolling over. They also tend to be very expensive. All in all a great rough terrain vehicle, with its quirks, but is it right for you? 


Jeep Wrangler



  • Fantastic Off-Road Capabilities

  • Attractive Design

  • Versatile Vehicle

  • Comfortable

  • Great Aftermarket Support

  • High Resale Value



  • Reliability Issues

  • Fuel Economy

  • Lack of Cargo Space

  • Roll/ Flip Over

  • Pricey


Jeep Wrangler




Toyota 4-Runner


Known and loved for its reliability. 4Runners are tough and they will last you forever and ever. Toyota people swear by Toyotas, just like Jeep people with Jeeps. The 4-Runner has been optimized for off-roading in recent years.

The 2021 4-Runner features locking rear differentials, crawl control, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Multi-Terrain Select Modes, LED headlights, body-on-frame construction, and Toyota Safety Sense. Finally, the new 2021 TRD Pro 4-Runner comes factory with Nitto Terra Grappler Tires and FOX Shocks


Toyota 4Runner



  • Strong Engine

  • Lots of Cargo Space

  • Great Off-Road Performance

  • Steers and Handles Well

  • Reliable

  • Safe

  • Ground Clearance



  • Poor MPG

  • Dated Design

  • Rough Ride/ Uncomfortable

Toyota 4Runner




Ford F-150 Raptor


The new Ford Raptor has quickly become a favorite for many of us. This performance truck continues to amaze us, but is the high price tag worth it? This truck is recognized for its beautiful, modern design and amazing performance features.

To many of us, this is a “dream truck”. It will get you to and from any of your outdoor activities with ease and it will look great in the process. 


Ford F-150 Raptor



  • Beautiful Design

  • Comes with 35-Inch Tires

  • Off-Road Stability

  • Long Suspension Travel

  • EcoBoost with Tons of Horsepower

  • Performance



  • Poor Payload Rating

  • It is SO Wide

  • They Got Rid of the V8 in the New Raptors

  • Expensive


Ford Raptor




Toyota Tacoma 


Another fan-favorite off-roading vehicle is the Toyota Tacoma. Not only are these trucks superior when it comes to the trails, but they can also hit any terrain and perform like a beast. They also have that reputation for ruggedness and reliability that not a lot of other off-roading vehicles can even offer.

The Toyota Tacoma is also a great off-roading vehicle because they offer that comfortable and smooth ride, even though they give off that bulky look and feel. A lot of people don’t know that the Toyota Tacoma is available in 33 different configurations, allowing every off-road enthusiast to find one that fits them perfectly. 

Toyota Tacoma



  • Built to last

  • Got that comfortable feel

  • Several off and on-road options

  • Can handle any terrain




  • Slower than average acceleration rate

  • Less spacious

  • Engine lacks that strong kick of power

  • Poor fuel economy


2013 Toyota Tacoma




Jeep Gladiator 


The Jeep Gladiator is known to be a beast when it comes to off-roading. It has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 285 horsepower, which is a lot! It also has great towing and hauling capabilities, which is a big factor when it comes to the off-road. One thing that tends to drive people away from the Jeep Gladiator is its price. It tends to be on the pricier side compared to other off-roading trucks.

2021 Jeep Gladiator



  • Great hauling ability

  • Fast engine

  • Excellent when handling rough terrain



  • High in price

  • Doesn’t give off that smooth ride

  • Lagging gears when shifting







Those are our top five off-roading vehicles. Although they are all great for off-roading, it can be tricky knowing which one is the right one. What is your favorite off-roading vehicle? Let us know in the comments below

If you need any aftermarket wheels, tires or suspension head to our online store here at Anthem Off-Road. And like always when you get a wheel and tire package you will get free shipping, free mounting, and balancing along with saving money on that package too. We also offer as low as 0% APR financing.


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