Best New Off-Road Vehicles


2010 Ram Power Wagon
Towing capacity: 10,300 lbs.
Horsepower: 383
Base price: $45,780

With a 5.7L V8 HEMI engine—specially tuned to enhance off-road driving—33-inch off-road tires, and a custom 12,000-lb. winch, the Power Wagon may just be the toughest 4×4 on the market. Based on the already impressive Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab, it also packs in even more ground clearance (a massive 14 1/2 inches), plus armored skidplates on the underbody to protect against damage. Definitely not for the passive off-road driver.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Towing capacity: 7,700 lbs.
Horsepower: 388
Base price: $67,700

This gas/electric hybrid fuses Porsche’s classic design sense with incredible off-road performance, the overall utility of a 4×4, and unprecedented ecofriendly efficiency. Pair that with a powertrain combing a supercharged V6 combustion engine with an electric motor and you have a permanent all-wheel drive, 380-horsepower ride that uses 23% less fuel than previous models.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Towing capacity: 7,400 lbs.
Horsepower: 290
Base price: $31,000

The granddaddy of all SUVs has been reinvented with a new, more aerodynamic body, increased legroom, and better visibility. A 3.6L V6 engine getting a remarkable 280 horses, five different terrain settings—auto, sand/mud, sport, snow, and rock—plus an air suspension allowing you to control the vehicle’s height round out the package.

2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R
Towing capacity: 3,000 lbs.
Horsepower: 256
Base price: $28,000

The great Outback just got even better. The 3.6R sports a new 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, increased room inside the cab, and more ground clearance than any other wagon (8.7 inches). It also comes with 17-inch alloy rims, paddle shifters on the wheel, traction control, and a symmetrical all-wheel drive system for more power, faster response time when the wheels slip, and better overall handling.

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