urShadow’s Blog: 4×4 Off-Road Research





Jeep Wrangler Unlimited / Rubicon


(Not good for the road) The Jeep Wrangler is the classic SUV. It has everything from real performance to image to military history. To top it off, there is immense aftermarket support. You can outfit your Wrangler however you want. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Jeep_Wrangler/ The Rubicon is like a mountain goat. It can take a while to get there, but it’s perfectly capable of crawling over almost anything.


Toyota FJ Cruiser

$24,180 – $28,361

It looks like nothing else on the street. And with the TRD package, it’s capable of some serious ass-hauling on just about any surface. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Toyota_FJ-Cruiser/ This one shocked us as we never thought of the FJ Crusier as an SUV. Amazingly, it’s really really good for getting down and dirty. The interior and exterior are eye-catching and like it or not, it’s sure to stand out in a crowd like The Hulk in a mall. The problems arise inside, as visibility is poor, the rear seats are narrow and it can be difficult to get in. Engines are strong and fuel economy is pretty good, and let’s not forget that Toyota’s reliability is superb, no matter what the news media is trying to tell you.


Nissan Xterra

$22,750 – $24,890

You could do much, much worse than this solid Nissan off-roader. The Nissan has serious off-road capabilities and the V6 is very powerful. It can carry so much cargo in so many different places, making it ideal for camping trips. This is by far the most everyday off-road machine in its class. We don’t like the interior that much and the brakes are a bit muddy. If you need something to climb hills and mountains but also want to drive for shopping, the Xterra is a solid choice.


Jeep Grand Cherokee / Limited

$28,797 – $62,915

Wrangler too mediocre on the road for you? Too hard? Too compromised as a car? The Grand Cherokee is a stunning full-size off-road SUV. Just don’t drive it around without some mud on the sides. Reviewers say few SUVs can match the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s combination of exceptional off-road performance, user-friendly tech features, and a comfortable, quality interior. Last year, the Grand Cherokee would have finished in the top five, but certainly not in first place. The 2011 Jeep is good out of this world. On the road, the interior is quiet and refined, and both the V6 and V8 engines are wonderful. We’d recommend the 5.7-liter V8, as it packs plenty of grunt and darn good mileage for such a big machine. There are some issues that need to be fixed, such as: B. the navigation system, but that’s a small mistake. If that’s what we’ll see from Jeep down the road, we’re very excited. Prices start at $30,215. If you need a vehicle that can complete the school run and then drive home through the fields, most of the vehicles on this list can accomplish that goal. The Jeep does that better than anyone, although we hold a special place in our hearts for the Land Rover. It looks good, drives great and for the first time in years has an interior that rivals the Lexus GX. What a machine. I’ve never seen a Cherokee drive 130 miles deep in the desert, why? Because it can’t, that’s not what it’s made for and, above all, it’s not a Landcruiser.


Toyota SUV

$68,000 – $73,933

This thing is a legend in some of the toughest places on earth. Places like the jungles of South America and the Australian outback, which not only kill trucks, but also have a very limited supply of spare parts. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Toyota_Land-Cruiser/ When you think of an off-road SUV, the Land Cruiser naturally springs to mind. It also handles beautifully on the road and the V8 engine is strong. There’s no doubt that this vehicle is damn good, but at this price point, it’s hard not to just get the GX and be done with it. Cargo space is limited and the third row is cramped. We also like the look of the inside and outside very much. It looks very Japanese. Honestly in my 7 years working here I’ve never seen an SUV like the Toyota Landcruiser! It just won’t fail, no matter the terrain and conditions, the damn car just keeps going. At the end of the day it’s really up to you, your budget and what you really want to do with the vehicle.
Let’s face it, most likely 90% of off-road vehicles never drive onto a curb let alone off-road.
For the Middle East, if you’re considering selling your vehicle at some point, you just have to look at Toyota and Nissan. I’ve had both and there really isn’t much to choose between the two brands within the offering.
Porche, Bmw, Merc, Audi etc. are good for shopping and taking kids to school.
I’m a Landrover man but the defender is my pick which I don’t think is available here.
I always explain the 4 x 4 vehicles like this. For 3 years I worked for ADNOC on the outskirts of the empty district. If you drove to the scene in anything other than a Nissan Patrol or a Land Cruiser, you were told to park it and they would give you a lift in their own trucks. In all my 35 years here, the only vehicles the Bedouins use today are Nissan and Toyota, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. For my part, they testify to that.


Land Rover Range Rover

$82,650 – $99,100



Toyota 4Runner

$30,945 – $39,847

(Not available in KSA) It may be a Toyota SUV mostly driven by soccer moms, but it has some real performance hidden inside. Get the 4Runner back from the latte-sipping crowds and get it dirty. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Toyota_4Runner/


Land Rover LR4

$49,100 – $49,100

The LR4 isn’t quite a Range Rover, but it can still drive over almost any terrain. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Land-Rover_LR4/


Toyota Tacoma


(Not available in KSA) The Tacoma is already a killer truck. The TRD version also makes it a killer off-roader. We can’t wait to ride the TX Baja version.


Ford F-150 SVT Raptor


If your idea of ​​off-road driving is more about speeding through the Arizona countryside than crawling over boulders, there’s no vehicle you’ll want more than this.


Land Rover Range Rover Sport

$59,293 – $74,303

Land Rover’s off-road course is used by other manufacturers to see whether their own trucks and SUVs have what it takes. They know what they’re doing. The Range Rover Sport is the obvious choice, and for good reason. Reviewers say the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is a fantastic off-road SUV with great on-road handling and powerful engines. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Land-Rover_Range-Rover-Sport/


Nissan border


We love a good pickup truck. The best pickups aren’t just the ones that can haul a lot of crap. They’re the ones who can figuratively kick ass on the toughest terrain.


Mercedes Benz G Class


Let’s be honest. The G-Wagen is just badass. The new Land Rover Defender could end up being a snazzy little mall hopper. But the G-Wagen still looks like it’ll kick you in the balls and make fun of you if you blink when it happens.


Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

$41,067 – $43,202

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has good off-road capability and a quality interior, but its low reliability rating and poor rear visibility can limit it


Toyata Hilux/Fortuner


Nissan patrol


Porsche Cayenne


It may be widely considered heresy, but we say it is not. The Cayenne is a race winner. It might not be the types of racing the Porsche is best known for, but anything that wins the Transsyberia Rally is great in our opinion.


GMC Sierra 1500


It’s basically a Chevy Silverado Z71. It’s a little further down the list because it’s a little… squeamish.


Ford Expedition


Land Rover Defender


Nissan armada




The Tahoe is a big improvement over the previous generation, but it’s not there yet. The third row doesn’t fold flat and we’re not convinced by the looks inside and out, let alone the quality of the interior finishes. In addition, it can drive off-road, but not very well. A little sand and gravel may be fine, but rocks and muddy trails are best avoided. It can pull quite well, but we’re looking at ATVs, and the Tahoe isn’t one of them.


Aries 1500


It’s a big American pickup truck. What more do you want?


Ford F-150


Lobster H2


Lobster H3


Jeep Freedom


Jeep makes damn good SUVs. The classic Wrangler might be the hardcore option. But for those willing to sacrifice a little off-road performance for plenty of on-road capability, there are capable alternatives.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500


The Chevy’s Z71 package adds a ton to the Silverado, which is already a great truck.




Despite its name, the Explorer is like the Tahoe and the Yukon. It’s a lot better on the road than off it, although it’s not as bad as you might think. The cabin is roomy and quiet, and the ride and handling are quite good for a truck-based SUV. Some of the interior plastics are a bit inferior and the interior is dated. Still, there’s hope for those who need a street SUV as a new Explorer arrives for 2011. This one won’t make this list, but it should do well in our mid-size SUV test.


Honda HR-V


GMC Yukon


The Yukon inherits the same issues as the Tahoe, but at a higher price. It might be pretty good on the road with its decent engine and towing ability, but just like the Chevrolet, off-road driving isn’t its best territory. If you want the Yukon, just check out the Tahoe and save some money because even if you buy badges, a GMC badge isn’t that much better than a Chevy.


Lobster H1

I was towing the H1 when it got stuck


Toyota’s RAV4


And so it is with Toyota’s entry-level RAV4. It looks good and seems good value for money at £18,000. But it’s only two-wheel drive.