In today’s day and age, trucks are becoming more and more common and economical, and in recent years the market for Trucks and SUVs has grown exponentially. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Truck segment started to gain traction, and since that it has only been growing. It’s said that about 20% of the vehicles driven on the road right now are trucks.
Trucks now are loaded with features have luxurious interiors, beautiful exteriors and have become more fast and agile, more capable, and more economical. It can be easily said that trucks now are as luxurious as cars.
Most people now prefer to have a truck instead of a car because most people can’t afford a car and a truck. So they opt to buy a truck because of how luxurious they have become with everything that a car offers and with the bonus of all the abilities of a truck.
Having a truck is especially better for someone who has hobbies like boating, camping, or even off-roading. You can do all that with a truck and then just clean your beautiful beast and you can drive to your office on Monday.
New trucks especially are really capable on and off the pavement, with all the features and comfort that they have, they can easily be a comfortable daily driver and is also capable of going off the pavement to do some off-roading.
10 best Off-Road Trucks
Today nearly every truck is offered with some specific off-road trim, these trucks are specially designed to go off-roading they have beefed-up suspension, off-road tires, under-body skid-plates, and most of the time they also have special drive-train enhancement for managing a good grip and power on the dirt. Many of them also have redesigned front and rear bumpers to easily be able to go over different obstacles.
Today we will be looking at the 10 best Off-Road Trucks and explain why they are that good.
The Toyota Hilux is a compact pickup truck and it was first introduced in 1963, the first Hilux was conceived by Toyota but was developed and manufactured by Hino Motors, Ltd. At their Hamura Plant. The Hilux was debuted as a new bonnet-type and it succeeded the Briska and Light Slot. From 1963 to 2015 Toyota has sold more than 16 million of them in more than 180 countries.
The current generation of the Toyota Hilux which is the 8th generation was introduced on May 21st, 2015, It was introduced in Bangkok. In 2021 Toyota has changed the look by bringing a tougher new front-end design, The suspension has been reworked and they have also increased the power of the new Hilux
The Toyota Hilux has many engine options, but its most powerful engine is a 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine which produces 204 horsepower and a maximum torque of 500-Nm, The Hilux has a payload capacity of about 1000-kg and a towing capacity of 2500-kg.
The Toyota Hilux is really capable off-road it has an approach angle of 30 degrees, a break-over angle of 24 degrees, and a departure angle of 22 degrees.
The following are some key features of the Toyota Hilux:
Forward crash alert, Autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane wander alert, Speed sign recognition, Stability control, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and a lot more!
Toyota has sold more than 16 million of them in the past 53 years, People love the Toyota Hilux because it is reliable, robust and it’s also a capable off-roader and is reasonably comfortable being driven on a day-to-day basis.
The Ford Ranger was Ford’s answer to all the compact pick-up trucks from Japan, which were dominating the market. The first ranger was introduced in 1982, initially, the Ford Ranger was only available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive was introduced later in the fall of 1982. The first Ford Ranger was manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky United States.
The first Ford Ranger was a direct competitor to the Toyota Hilux and a great option for customers who wanted a pick-up truck made by an American Brand, The Ford Ranger was one of the highest-selling vehicles for nearly 29 years and was discontinued in 2011 due to overall decline in demand of compact pick-up trucks.
In 2019 the Ford Ranger was reintroduced as a mid-size pick-up truck, The new Ford Ranger is being built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.
The new Ford Ranger comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, and it’s producing 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Ranger produces more torque than any other gas-powered mid-size truck, and it’s paired with a 10-speed automatic. The Ranger has a payload capacity of about 1200 kg and a towing capacity of 3500-kg, which is also more than any gas-powered truck in its class.
The Ford Ranger is really capable off-road it has an approach angle of 28.7 degrees, a break-over angle of 21.5 degrees, and a departure angle of 25.4 degrees.
The following are some key features of the Ford Ranger:
The Ranger has an optional safety package which includes Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and a rearview camera. And the Ranger also has an off-road package that includes Terrain Management System and Trail Control.
The Terrain Management System adds 5 new driving modes to the Ranger which include Normal, Grass, Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand, This system quickly changed the truck to perform better at the selected terrain. And trail control works like off-road cruise control, it maintains a set speed of 20 MPH or lowers while also managing the throttle and braking for you.
The Ford Ranger has been loved by customers all around the world and especially in America, because of its turbocharged engine which feels energetic, In just about every driving condition, It handles really well on windy roads, it gives a good gas mileage for its class, The Ranger is also a sold off-roader, and its towing and hauling capacity is really good for its class, the seats are comfortable for day-to-day commute and the Super Crew model has more rear-seat space than any other mid-size truck in its class.
The Volkswagen Amarok was introduced in 2011 as a mid-size truck, it is produced in the Volkswagen Group plant in General Pacheco, Argentina for South American, Mexican, Oceanian, South African, Russian, and European markets.
The most powerful engine of the Volkswagen Amarok produces 255 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and it has a claimed top speed of 129 mph, The Amarok has a payload capacity of about 1162-kg and a towing capacity of about 3000-kg, The new Volkswagen Amarok comes with a V6.
Volkswagen has given some information about the new Amarok that will be coming in 2022 and will later release in 2023 for Australia, The new Amarok is going to have a tougher and more rugged look.
The following are some key features of the Volkswagen Amarok:
Anti-lock brakes, Electronic stability control, a full-time four-wheel-drive system also has Multi-Collision Braking the goal of this is that the Amarok will automatically apply brakes after a crash. The aim is to prevent the truck from rolling or being nudged into further danger.
The Volkswagen Amarok has had a successful run so far, and people love to buy the Amarok because it is capable off the road and on the road, and it has a comfortable ride and the engine has enough power to pull through in a lot of situations, The Volkswagen Amarok is most sold in Australia in 2018 it has been said that Volkswagen has sold more than 7,700 Amarok’s in Australia.
The first Jeep Gladiator was introduced back in 1962 for the 1963 model year, The first Jeep Gladiator shared the same front-end styling as the Jeep Wagoneer. The Jeep Gladiator had a unique combination of a low silhouette and a high ground clearance, which made them very easy to maneuver around. And the Jeep Gladiator was the first four-wheel truck to have a 4-speed automatic gearbox, the Gladiator also came with a 4-speed manual.
The Jeep Gladiator technically met its end in 1970, when the Jeep company was bought by AMC, The following year after the purchase AMC dropped the Gladiator name and started calling it a simple Jeep Pick-up. The Jeep Pick-up continued to be sold until the late 1980s When the Jeep brand was bought by Chrysler, The Gladiator was officially discontinued in the following year. The main reason to discontinue the Gladiator was that it came in direct competition with the popular Dodge pickup trucks.
The Jeep Gladiator’s first concept was shown back in 2005, but it was officially introduced in 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a mid-size pick-up truck and went up for sale in 2019. The new Jeep Gladiator comes in four new trims Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon.
The Jeep Gladiator is capable off-road it has an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a break-over angle of 20.3 degrees, and a departure angle of 26 degrees. The Rubicon comes with front- and rear-axle electric lockers and an electronic disconnecting front sway-bar. It also has a front camera system available that helps the driver see obstacles in the front and at the sides of the Gladiator while off-road,
The Jeep Gladiator has a 3.6-liter V6 which produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and has a maximum speed of 93 MPH and a 0-60 of 7.2 seconds, the Gladiator comes with an 8-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission, it has a payload capacity of 770 kg and a towing capacity of 1,814 kg but there is a heavy-duty package available that increases the towing capacity to 3,470 and includes a 4.10 rear axle ratio, The Gladiator comes with 4-wheel-drive as standard.
After the launch of the Jeep Gladiator in 2018 Jeep nearly sold 230,000 units, and the Gladiator is part of the Jeep brand and Jeep is an American icon, The Wrangler has direct lineage to the MA and MB models of World War II. Jeep products are arguably the most recognizable vehicles in the world.
The Toyota Tundra was first introduced in 1999 and manufacturing started in May of 1999 and went on sale in June of 1999. The Toyota Tundra was the first vehicle launched by Toyota in the year 2000, and it had the best sales on the debut of any Toyota or Lexus product.
The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck, manufactured in the United States by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota, it was the second full-size truck ever built by a Japanese Auto Maker the first was called Toyota T-100. The tundra was built in Toyota plant in Princeton, Indiana but in 2008 the production moved to Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas, factory, and the Tundra is the only full-size pick-up truck being built in Texas.
The Toyota Tundra had a major redesign for the 2007 model year which was the second generation of the Toyota Tundra, after that the Tundra has received slight refreshes from time to time for the 2021 model year the Toyota Tundra received another slight refresh. Toyota has teased that the Tundra will receive a redesign for the 2022 model year, That will be the third generation of the Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra comes with a really powerful 5.7-liter V8, not a lot of full-size pick-up trucks come with a naturally aspirated V8 but the benefits are clear, The Tundra has 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque and does a 0-60 in 6.4 seconds and TRD edition can do a 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and the naturally aspirated V8 comes with the sterling reputation of longevity. The Tundra has a payload of 1520-1730 lbs and a towing capacity of 10,200 lbs.
The Toyota Tundra is capable off-road it has an approach angle of 26 degrees, a break-over angle of 16 degrees, and a departure angle of 16 degrees, The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is the best for off-roading, The TRD Pro is built for a tougher terrain it has special TRD-Tuned Fox Suspension and it has quarter-inch thick skid plates underneath which protect the undercarriage of the truck. Toyota also offers a TRD Off-Road Package for the Tundra.
The TRD Off-Road Package includes a special suspension that is designed to go over different trails, The shocks are paired with 18-inch TRD Wheels and it also has special TRD mats.
The Tundra was introduced only for the American market, but it has been loved by truck lovers all over the world, Toyota sold more than 100,000 Tundras in the past year alone. The Tundra has the best of both worlds, it’s a really good off-roader with a powerful and reliable naturally aspirated V8 which has enough power to towing capacity for most people, and is also a good cruiser when you’re on the highway.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500:
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is from the range of Silverado Trucks manufactured by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand, The first Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was first introduced in June 1998, and was released in August 1998 as a 1999 model year, It was the successor of the Chevrolet C/K series.
The current generation of Chevrolet Silverado was introduced in 2019 and it’s the forth-generation of the Silverado, The Silverado 1500 is a full-size pick-up truck and it’s a direct competitor to trucks like the Ford F150, Ram 1500, and the Toyota Tundra the current generation of the Silverado is made in GM Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan, USA and GM Fort Wayne Assembly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is not that desirable compared to its respected competitors but the 2021 Silverado 1500 is highly configurable and impressively good. The Silverado 1500 comes in diesel and petrol engine options, The most powerful engine available for the Silverado 1500 is a 6.2-liter V8, which is producing 420-horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, a 0-60 of 5.5 seconds, and a claimed top speed of 135 MPH. The Silverado 1500 has a maximum payload capacity of 2,280 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a good off-roader as well it has an approach angle of 19.1 degrees, a break-over angle of 19.3 degrees, and a departure angle of 23.5 degrees, The Silverado 1500 also has an optional off-road package called the Z71 package just like the TRD Off-Road Package offered by Toyota for the Tundra
The Z71 Package includes upgraded shocks, skid plates, locking rear differential, and graphics, it also has more skid plates installed underneath the truck for more undercarriage protection and it also has heavier duty shock absorbers and struts installed for better performance while off the pavement. The Z71 package is an optional package available for every Silverado but it comes as standard in the Trail Boss.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is not as desirable compared to its respected rivals, but a lot of people prefer buying the Silverado 1500 as well because of its powerful 6.2-liter V8, and the Silverado 1500 gives arguably the best towing experience because of its two trailing packages and an incredible camera system which shows 15 different views.
The high trims of the Silverado come with integrated trailer brake controls and memory.
The Raptor has always been put by Ford on their high-performance trucks, The Ford Raptor was first introduced back in 2010 as a high-performance truck based on the platform of F-150, The Ford Raptor is said to be a legalized Trophy-Truck, optimized for off-roading.
The current generation of the Ford Raptor is the second generation which was introduced in early 2017 but the Pre-Production vehicle was introduced in 2015 at the Detroit, Auto Show, The Raptor is assembled in Dearborn, Michigan. The Raptor is a full-size truck.
The new Ford Raptor comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 paired with a 10-speed automatic with all this the new Raptor dishes out an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 of 5.5 seconds, and a top speed of 107 MPH. The Ford Raptor has a maximum payload capacity of 1,200 pounds and a maximum capacity of 8,000 pounds.
Ford has announced that the 2022 Raptor will come with a V8 which is a rejoice for the fans of the Raptor
The Ford Raptor is optimized by ford to be one of the best off-road trucks out there, it has an approach angle of 30.2 degrees, a break-over angle of 21.8 degrees, a departure angle of 21.9 degrees, and a ground clearance of 9.8-inches.
The Ford Raptor is a lot of features for off-roading some include a two-speed transfer case with hill-decent control, terrain management with multiple driving modes, The drive modes are Normal, Sport, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Deep Snow/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl. It also has a two-speed transfer case for the low range.
The Ford Raptor has done well in sales for Ford since its launch back in 2010, it is loved because of how capable it is on and off the pavement and having incredible performance while being a full-size pick-up truck, The Ford Raptor is one of the fastest full-size trucks available for sale.
Dodge RAM TRX:
The first Dodge Ram TRX was introduced back in 2005, but the older TRX models were no way near as powerful as the new TRX is, It was a high-performance pick-up truck that was also fairly capable off the road.
In June of 2018 the head of Ram and Jeep, Mike Manley announced that a full-size production truck will be produced for the 2021 model year based on the TRX, On August 17th, 2020 the new Dodge Ram TRX Launch Edition was revealed for the 2021 model year, Dodge has announced that only 702 Dodge Ram TRX Launch Edition will be made and they will be manufactured at their Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan
The new Dodge Ram TRX has a hellcat motor installed which is a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi paired with an 8-speed automatic. It makes an impressive 702-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 of 4.5 seconds, and a claimed top speed of 118 MPH. The Dodge Ram TRX has a maximum payload capacity of 1,310 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds.
The new Dodge Ram TRX is a really capable off-roader as well it has an approach angle of 30.2 degrees, a break-over angle of 21.8 degrees and a departure angle of 23.5 degrees, and a ground clearance of 8-inches.
The Dodge Ram TRX offers a Clubsport-Esque off-road racing package which adds a lot of options to the TRX to perform even better off-roading, The Dodge Ram TRX is built just like a trophy truck and its main competitor was the Ford Raptor which was also made like a legalized trophy trucks.
The Dodge Ram TRX has created a lot of hype because of all the options it has and because of the hellcat engine that’s installed and the Dodge Ram TRX is also the fastest production full-size truck right now with its incredible performance figures.
The Tesla CyberTruck is designed to be a utility truck with the performance of a sports car. It was introduced at the Tesla Design Centre in Los Angeles in November 2019 by Elon Musk the founder of Tesla. The CyberTruck’s production is expected to start in 2021-2022 and deliveries are expected from late 2022 to early 2023.
The Tesla CyberTruck will start from $39,900 for the rear-wheel-drive single motor variant and the most desirable Tri-Motor all-wheel-drive variant will cost around $69,900. So far Tesla has announced that more than 1 million Tesla CyberTrucks have been reserved.
Tesla has not announced the official horsepower and torque figures for the CyberTruck but the Tri-Motor variant will have a 0-60 of 2.9 seconds and it will have a range of 500+ miles, Towing Capacity of 14,000+ Lbs.
The exterior of the CyberTruck is made with ultimate durability and passenger safety in mind. It is made with Ultra-Hard 30 X Cold-Rolled stainless steel structures and with Tesla’s armored glass. The Ultra-Hard 30 X Cold-Rolled stainless steel does get dented or damaged easily and eliminates long-term corrosion with the help of a smooth monochrome exoskeleton coupled with the Tesla Armored Glass made with polymer-layered composite and can absorb and redirect impact forces to improve damage tolerance and also provides the maximum safety for the passengers in the truck.
The Cyberduck will be able to accommodate 6 passengers easily and it will have an Adaptive Air Suspension which will help it be lowered or raised to 4 inches, The bed of the CyberTruck will have 100 cubic feet of storage which is lockable and it will also feature Tesla’s famous autopilot system, The base variant will have a range of 250+ miles and will go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds. And the highest trim will have a range of 500 plus miles and will go from 0 to 60 2.9 seconds.
The Tesla CyberTruck was the first all-electric truck announced by Tesla, it has a lot of hype around it and a lot of people have reserved it and are waiting for deliveries.
GMC Hummer EV:
The GMC Hummer EV is said to be the words first All-Electric Super Truck. It was announced by GMC on April 3rd, 2021, and deliveries are expected to start in 2023. The Hummer EV will be available in both Pickup and SUV style depending on what type of vehicle the customer wants, The Hummer EV starting price is $79,995 with a range of 300 miles and it will be cut to 280 miles if the extreme off-road package will be added to the vehicle.
The 2023 GMC Hummer EV will also be offered with an Extreme Off-Road Package.
The Extreme Off-Road package will include the following items:
- 18-inch Wheels
- 35-inch OD mud terrain tires
- Front and rear e-lockers
- Heavy-duty ball spline shafts
- Full underbody skid plates
- Underbody cameras
The pricing of the Off-Road package has not been revealed yet. But all the above-mentioned items will be fitted as standard to the range-topping edition 1.
The GMC Hummer EV Super Truck with the three electric motors will generate a total of 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque with a 0-60 in approximately 3 seconds.
The Hummer EV has a nearly silent all-electric propulsion system and the Hummer EV also has the next generation of the supercruise which is a driver assistance feature that offers hands-free driving and automatic lane changing on compatible roads, It also features a segment-exclusive 4 wheel steering to reduce turning radius and reduce overall maneuverability.
The Hummer EV is engineered with Altium batteries and drive units to maximize energy storage and it also has 800-volt dc fast-charging up to 350-kilowatts which has nearly charged the Hummer EV to 100 miles of range in 10 minutes.
The Hummer EV has a towering ground clearance with the help of specially engineered 35-inch tires for optimal on and off-road performance it has customizable modes including Touring, My Mode, Off-Road, and Terrain Mode.
It also has Extract Mode which is the first of its kind and its adaptive air-ride suspension help it to lift the truck by approximately 6-inches, It also features Ultra Vision which shows real-time driving information with the help of numerous cameras which will be up to 18 underbodies, forward and rear-facing cameras, which will help enhance performance.
The Hummer EV also features a revolutionary new setting called crab walk which gives the Hummer EV the ability to drive diagonally it also features the industry-leading infinity roof, transparent sky panels, and rear drop glass which gives the Hummer EV an immersive open-air design.
The Hummer EV has a lot of hype around it as well because of the Hummer brand history, a lot of people have been waiting for the GMC Hummer EV to be launched especially because of the insane performance numbers that have been announced about them and it should be the fastest full-size truck to be ever built.