Off-road driving is a necessity for people working or living in rural areas. However, there are also a great number of people turning to recreational off-road driving as an exciting, adrenaline-fueled activity. Only vehicles designed for use away from well-maintained public roads should be driven in these areas. People looking for an off-road vehicle should consider three of the best-selling models on the market today.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Jeep’s iconic Wrangler brand provides a perfect blend of style and off-road ability. The Rubicon features mud terrains from BF Goodrich which are an impressive thirty-two inches in diameter. The front anti-roll bar can be disconnected to increase suspension travel and to help the tires stay in contact with the surface. Steep ascents on a wide range of terrains are made easy with the Rubicon’s ultra-low gear ratios. This is an excellent example of four-wheel propulsion that utilises lockable, rear and front differentials.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota’s Land Cruiser is an iconic sight in many of the world’s undeveloped; countries where roads are little more than dirt-tracks. This hugely popular four-wheel drive vehicle features crawl control which allows extremely steep inclines to be negotiated without the need to use the pedals; allowing the driver to manoeuvre around obstacles without worrying about power or clutch-control. The Land Cruiser can also sense situations which benefit from the disabling of anti-roll bars to aid traction. This is a vehicle which can be relied upon to perform on every imaginable terrain.
Land Rover LR3
No list of the world’s best off-road vehicles would be complete without the mention of Land Rover. The LR3 looks just as good on the roads as it does climbing hills and traversing water-courses. Adjustable performance allows the driver to adapt to changing surfaces and inclines with one-touch control. The wheels are firmly stuck to the driving surface with thirteen inches of front suspension travel and eleven inches at the back. Traction is further improved with the use of air springs which are controlled electronically. Any Land Rover exudes class and performance; the LR3 is no different.
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