Everyone has seen those families who have huge 4x4s for doing nothing other than driving around the city and dropping the kids off at school. But some people need a 4×4 because they’re a bit more adventurous. If you enjoy a range of activities that require you to go off-road, over ice and snow or roving over hills and mountains, you’re probably looking for a car that’s up to the task. It can be a bit more difficult nowadays to find something that’s capable of handling a bit of rough and tumble. But if you need something that’s capable of off-roading instead of being a fancy city slicker, try one of these vehicles for size.
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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has been an example of a dream off-roading vehicle for years now. The latest model adds some excellent hardware to the classic components of previous incarnations. You get Dana 44 axles and a 4:1 transfer case that makes slow-speed crawling easier. Plus, there’s a swaybar disconnect system to give the suspension a helping hand on the toughest trails. The 2015 Hard Rock version will have tough bumpers with removable end caps, tow hooks and rock rails, and a Torx tool kit to remove parts.
The Range Rover may look fancy, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s only for business people showing it off around the city. Take a test drive of a Range Rover at Hunters Land Rover, and you’ll find that this powerful car is tougher than it looks. It may have a sleek exterior and luxurious interior, but this car isn’t just another luxury vehicle. Its off-road capability puts it in league with the big boys. With its adjustable and long travel air suspension and Terrain Response four-wheel drive system it’s great for expeditions.
The Xterra is Nissan’s most capable vehicle when it comes to off-road driving. It’s great for dirt driving and is one of the few SUVs that does the job. The Pro-4X has a standard locking rear differential, hill descent control, and hill start assist. With large all-terrain tires and Bilstein shocks, this car is built to see some action. With its slim proportions, this vehicle could climb a tight trail without risking damage from the rocks.
The Power Wagon is a variation on the Heavy Duty Ram, using the truck’s strengths and building on them. It takes the solid axles and coil-link suspension from the Heavy Duty, and adds to these great features. A new high movement joint called Articulink helps to increase articulation in the suspension to keep the tires on the ground over difficult terrain. You can also disconnect the swaybar to make the suspension even more flexible. The locking front and back differentials will help in difficult spots too. And a hidden electric winch will help you out if you get stuck.
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