The Jeep Wrangler has been the benchmark for 4x4s for decades. This rugged brand is built with the highest utility and off-road capability in mind. It can climb rocks, ride mountains and overcome any obstacle that stands in its way…or so Jeep leads us to believe.
In reality, the Jeep The Wrangler can struggle from time to time, sometimes in areas where these ten cars don’t struggle. That’s why, if those areas were of the utmost concern to us, we’d be buying all ten cars over the new Wrangler any day.
ten BMW X5
The Jeep Wrangler can navigate through water holes and muddy terrain without breaking a sweat. But it’s not the best on-road performer out there. That’s a crown taken by the BMW X5. This SUV rolls over the tarmac as smooth as butter. Launched in 1999, the X5 has evolved into a luxurious, modern SUV that offers incredible asphalt driving and respectable off-road performance.
It’s the kind of car an urban guy interested in high ride heights and massive space would appreciate. Better still, BMW is offering a $2,500 option with an electronically controlled locking differential and underbody protection for buyers who will take the X5 into the woods more often.
9 Ford F150 Raptor
The Ford F150 Raptor crushes the Jeep Wrangler for off-road dominance. If the Wrangler can take on Godzilla, this American 4×4 tyrant can take on King Kong and Godzilla. This brand set a precedent for modern, high-performance off-roading.
The F150 Raptor was originally built with Ford’s 6.2-liter V8. However, thanks to environmental concerns and the push for more fuel-efficient vehicles, the new Ford F-150 Raptors feature a 3.5L EcoBoost V6. But that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch. Curiously, Ford managed to squeeze 450 hp out of these six-cylinders.
8 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
When everyone said goodbye to the small pickup truck market, Chevy thought it was a good time to return to this interesting pickup truck segment. They became the first to bring back the small trucks. This new opportunity opened the door for them to experiment with a small modern truck that was quite capable.
This brand is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This brand was built to do what Chevy never did with the Hummer H3 to build a fun, fast, and small off-roader. Under the hood, the Colorado ZR2 packs a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine.
7 Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco is a fantastic off-road alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. Like the Jeep, the Bronco is built to conquer the trails. It has an impressive 11.6 inches of ground clearance and can go through 33.5 inches of water.
Ford also built the Bronco with a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds for two- and four-door models. And just like Jeep’s adorable off-roader, the new Ford Bronco features removable body panels. Plus, the new Bronco looks fantastic and is built for the outdoors.
6 Toyota 4Runner
The Jeep Wrangler struggles a lot when it comes to reliability. Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Jeep Wrangler an predicted reliability rating of two out of five. That’s terrible, though the 2020 Jeep Wrangler was a bit better, earning an overall rating of four out of five.
But that’s still nowhere near the reliability you’d get from the Toyota 4Runner. This brand received a reliability rating of five out of five, which is pretty standard.
5 land rover defender
The Land Rover Defender is the better choice over the Jeep Wrangler if you are more luxury inclined. But be careful, you will have to draw a lot more from your pockets. The Land Rover Defender is not a cheap beast. However, it has the capabilities of the Defender with an interior filled with all the premium niceties you can imagine from a car in its segment.
The new Land Rover Defender comes with a panoramic sunroof, 3D surround camera with ClearSight Ground View, grained leather seats, among other premium features.
4 Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery is a big SUV that can do everything the big boys can. This big seven-seater offers premium functionality, exceptional off-road capability and a high-tech chassis featuring Land Rover’s Terrain Response system.
It then marks the Wrangler’s ten-zero when it comes to interior and luxury options. The Discovery is a fun car to drive. It has premium features such as leather seats, a better infotainment system and more curated driving options to make your trip over mud or tarmac as enjoyable as possible. The price might scare you off though.
3 Mercedes G-Class
If you want to stand out from the 4×4 crowd, don’t buy a Jeep Wrangler. Pick up a Mercedes G-Class and watch the Kardashians invite you in for an appearance. This brand has been around for years as G-Wagen, but Mercedes has been relentless with updates.
Every new G-Class has updated driving features and technology to keep the car relevant and fun to drive. But you must have at least $100,000 in your bank account. And if you have more, you can get the top-of-the-line G 63 model with a 4.0-liter V8.
2 SsangYong Rexton
If you’re looking for value for money, don’t look too far. The SsangYong Rexton is the 4×4 you’ve been looking for. All for the dollar, this brand squeezes out the most juice than the Wrangler. This massive 4×4 has received some smart updates in its latest generation, getting a cleaner look and better quality in its arsenal of awesome features.
To make it better, it’s the family 4×4 SUV you’d be proud to have spent the money on. It can handle the rough terrain at work while still being comfortable enough to carry your family on a road trip.
1 Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most popular 4×4 SUVs in the world. It’s to the world what the Land Rover Defender is to the UK. These days, Toyota has perfected the ride quality of the Land Cruiser to the point that buyers consider it over other rival family SUVs for city driving.
Interestingly, while ensuring that a thoroughbred CEO could enjoy driving to work in this massive machine, Toyota has always kept the Land Cruiser’s sturdiness in check. It can go through anything without the wheels spinning on a small puddle of mud.
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