8 Great Cars and Trucks for Off-Road Adventures
Sometimes, you just need to go places where a more conventional vehicle just won’t cut it. For many, leaving the asphalt for more unrefined routes really makes the journey and offers opportunities to push their vehicles to their absolute limits.
Fortunately for the more adventurous, vehicle manufacturers understand the desire to drive over the best that nature has to offer. To do so, many companies now produce purpose-built vehicles designed to conquer whatever landscape is thrown their way. While there are specialists — Icon, Bowler — who build low-volume beasts with unparalleled capabilities, here are a few vehicles you can buy at the dealership that can handle just about any obstacle.
1. Toyota FJ Cruiser
The Toyota (NYSE:TM) FJ Cruiser — a revitalized version of the immensely capable model from the 1960s through the 1980s — makes a fantastic off-road toy, which is good, since it doesn’t offer much in the way of on-road manners. It’s built on a truck-based, ladder-frame chassis and rides on a beefy suspension setup and drivetrain. Power (260 horses’ worth) and torque (271 pounds-feet) are produced via a 4-liter V6.