4x4s, SUVs and trucks took a long time to become as popular globally as they were (and are) in the United States.
However, they’re taking over in a big way lately thanks to lower fuel prices and the rough weather we’ve been experiencing over the last few years.
You can now find 4X4s that have roughly the same footprint as smaller vehicles, more hybrid and electric engines, and models both for the adventurous and small families. Here are some of the best 4X4s out on the market right now.
The Range Rover remains a classic, and still has a huge following, meaning that you won’t have trouble finding parts for the vehicle on the second-hand market. At the luxury end of the market, Range Rovers are great both for how comfortable they are, but also for when it’s time to put in work.
Don’t let the looks fool you, this is still a fully-fledged off-roader, and it can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. However, these aren’t the most reliable 4X4 on the market, so be prepared for frequent trips to the dealership as it ages.
If you’re looking for a workhorse that is anything but sensible, then the Raptor is for you. This Baja inspired 4X4 pickup was clearly made to please. This Raptor is a bit larger than the Ranger, but the real magic is under the body.
The rear Watt’s linkage and front leaf springs have been replaced by Fox Motorsports and upgraded springs. This might not be the car to take the family to church on a Sunday, but perfect for runs through varied terrain at neck-breaking speeds. If that’s something you want to consider, check out new Ford cars for sale and get a closer look at what makes the Raptor so special.
The Skoda Kodiaq is the perfect compromise between a tough off-roader and a family vehicle. This is a great vehicle if you’re looking for an everyday car that will also be able to handle difficult road conditions.
It’s also not the most fuel-hungry vehicle on the market. You can either go for the 1.4 or 2.0-litre version, both in petrol or diesel. For those who are looking for something even more focussed, we suggest you keep an eye out for the upcoming Scout model.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover often ends up making the list and is still a great family-friendly 4X4 with a great driving experience, 4X4 ability, and immense practicality. Its short overhangs allow it to perform surprisingly well in off-road situations, and Land Rover’s patented Terrain Response system allows it to seamlessly adapt itself to virtually any type of road condition for optimal performance.
All these 4X4s have something to offer. Whether you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle tough jobs, comfort, and luxury or a practical and spacious vehicle that will allow you to get from A to Z quickly and easily, these vehicles are in a class of their own and are all great investments.
Featuring the Ford Raptor
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