As the automotive industry becomes ever more saturated, keeping up with the best-performing cars currently available becomes a cumbersome task. Consequently, off-road vehicles claiming to offer supreme capability, safety, and comfort have sprouted from car manufacturers from all corners of the world. To make things easier for you, we've compiled this interesting list of our picks for the ten most powerful, competent, and overall off-road-suitable cars on the market. Every car on this list uses all four wheels to power itself through even the harshest terrains. So, whether you are an adventurer, a supercar lover, or an all-out off-road car enthusiast, the cars we have chosen for this list are sure to spark your interest. Let's get started.
10 2019 Nissan Titan Pro-4X
Another pickup that definitely earns a spot on this list comes from Nissan, and it's the company's most competitive off-road model called the Titan Pro-4X. A solid 9.8 inches of ground clearance packed with a large 5.6L V8 producing 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque was designed to give even the niche's model of choice, the Ford Raptor, a run for its money.
Perhaps on the more affordable side of high-performing off-road vehicles, the fully equipped Titan Pro-4X will set you back less than $50,000, while still offering the thrilling performance and high usability of its competitors on this list.
9 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series
Paramount in its durability and reliability, Toyota now also offers one of the most versatile and competent pickups out there - the Tacoma equipped with the TRD Pro Series package. It drives well on the pavement, but it's off-road where it truly comes alive. And thanks to its enhanced drivability and an efficient 3.5L V6 sending 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, this is the Tacoma on steroids. But that's not all, to make the Tacoma one of the best bang-for-the-buck pickups out there, Toyota Equipped it with a beefy suspension and shock-absorbers designed for the TRD and lifted it a decent 9.4 inches off the ground.
8 2019 Land Rover Discovery
The Discovery has long been a staple luxury off-roader. Although Land Rover models are today more often bought to cruise city streets than savannas, they were made for the wild, and everything about this car embodies this purpose. There's a reason the Discovery ends up on all top off-road car lists: it's competitive in all aspects of a serious SUV: from its respectable 8200 lb towing capability, courtesy of a 3.0L V6 generating up to 340 horsepower, to its relatively impressive 11.1 in. ground clearance. The Discovery is a rare example of an SUV in which luxury doesn't at all compromise off-road capability.
7 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X
A heavy-duty entrant from GMC, the Sierra 1500 All Terrain X combines high power output with intimidating size that seemingly leaves no ground unconquerable. It lives up to its name, as it comes standard with Z71 Off-Road Suspension package pushing power to all four wheels, along with a large 5.3L V8 that churns out 365 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Apart from giving it a rugged build, GMC has bolstered this Sierra's off-road capability with technology. It features an advanced hill descent control system on the breaks which allows for a smooth trip down steep and uneven terrain and the Eaton automatic locking rear differential which sends power to the wheel with the highest amount of traction for maximum grip off-road.
6 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk
What happens when you combine a supercar with a serious off-road SUV? As opposed to the Wrangler, this off-roader from Jeep was designed as a high-end luxury machine capable of covering large bodies of land with supreme comfort and speed, with the emphasis being on speed. Figures speak for themselves, as the Grand Cherokee TrackHawk features a supercharged 6.2L V8 (6.4L optioned) pushing out a stampede of 707 horses that catapult this SUV from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. That's right, it's quicker than a Lamborghini Murcielago.
But that's not all it does. The TrackHawk combines Jeep's trademark ruggedness with advanced technology. Its QuadraLift suspension technology allows the driver to lift the car up for more ground clearance while Jeeps 4x4 drivetrain ensures the correct wheel is always engaged when facing daunting terrains.
5 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
It's all in the name. The 2500 Power Wagon is massive, durable, and rugged. It was created as a heavy-duty pickup to defy all terrains and weather conditions. In the style of an American all-out muscle brand, the engine powering this massive Ram is the popular 6.4L HEMI V8 that produces 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
To endure steep declines, the Power Wagon's suspension features locking front and rear differentials, and to overcome even the most unpredictable terrains, it offers a whole 14.2 inches of ground clearance.
4 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
The go-to off-road car, every aspect of the Wrangler – from its relative affordability to incredible ground clearance and overall ruggedness – makes this the ideal off-road adventurer. For those looking to have some extra cargo space in the rear as well, we've recently covered the Jeep Gladiator, which is essentially a re-engineered version of the Wrangler packed with a decent 35 cubic feet of rear cargo area.
With the Rubicon package, the Wrangler is in its best form featuring massive 33 inch tires and a 285 horsepower 3.6L V6 under the hood. It comes optioned as either a 2-door or a 4-door. Although the Wrangler Rubicon still doesn't offer the kind of jaw-dropping power some of the other cars on this list have, its relative size and extreme agility on all terrains make it a staple off-roader worthy of a place on this list.
3 2019 Brabus 850 4x4
Widely regarded as the G Wagon, Mercedes' G-class has been conquering terrains since 1979, garnering a sizable following for its distinguishable looks and trademark Mercedes brand elegance. But, this is no regular G-Class. The latest G-63 model was taken under Brabus' wing and its 5.5L twin-turbo V8 was tuned to 6.0L. In this version, it produces an unprecedented power output of 838 horses and twists at a force of 1069 lb-ft. This is a limited addition model created to honor the Mercedes G-class, and for a steep price of 482,000 Eur. (roughly $544,000), extreme G-class enthusiasts are getting an all-purpose performance SUV that performs just as well off-road as it does on the pavement. Brabus made sure of that by also fitting it with massive wheels that lift it up 23.62 inches from the ground.
2 2019 F-150 Raptor
This is everything you could ask of an all-terrain pickup. Ford made sure to secure a spot among the best off-road vehicle producers in the world, and this is particularly evident from their efforts on the new F-150 Raptor. The remarkable 450 hp and 510 lb-ft it produces, courtesy of the 3.5L V6 Eco Boost engine, combined with a nearly 500 lb lower curb weight compared to the previous version means a huge step up in the new F-150's performance.
It's great on the pavement, but an independent front suspension and over 11 inches of ground clearance make it simply incredible off road.
1 2018 RAM 1500 Rebel TRX
There are pickup trucks, and then there's the Rebel TRX. A concept car born to rip apart both the tarmac and the hills, and its incredible 6.2L V8 summoning 707 horses and 650 lb-ft of twisting force will make sure it does that with absolute ease. This one's still not officially in production, but it is expected to feature the same engine found in the Dodge Charger Hellcat model. Apart from sheer, unrestrained force, the Rebel TRX also brings to the table massive 37-inch tires (largest of the bunch) which help even further in lifting it up from the ground and allow it to fully utilize its power in conquering any terrain.