Reviews The Best 4x4 SUVs You Can Buy Today

04:55  23 june  2020
04:55  23 june  2020 Source:   motortrend.com

The Olympics of 4x4: A Look Back at the Incredible Camel Trophy

  The Olympics of 4x4: A Look Back at the Incredible Camel Trophy Ever since the debut of the new Land Rover Defender late last year, the marque’s rock-crushing, sand-pounding, mud-murdering yet still chic 4×4 continues to enjoy the media limelight, as both enthusiasts and customers appear to be head-over-heels for the updated icon. After all, this is the first time the Defender has gone truly global, and aside from the original Willys Jeep and the Toyota Land Cruiser, there isn't a 4x4 out there as evocative of the adventuring spirit as the OG Defender.

Many SUVs are as equally talented at light off-roading as they are on the road. Although many were designed primarily for use on tarmac, with buyers choosing them for their desirability rather than all-round ability. It’s important for buyers to know which is which. To appeal to a wider audience, many There has never been a better or wider choice of SUVs for UK motorists than there is today . With so many models available we’ve also produced complete guides for the best small SUV , and medium SUV models to help you find the car that’s best for you . These are the top 10 best SUVs you can buy

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With America's appetite for crossovers and SUVs veering off the top of the charts, it's getting harder and harder to find a "real" off-road-capable 4x4 SUV. Many, but not all, new SUVs have some ability to send the engine's power to all four wheels, but that doesn't mean they have true 4x4 or four-wheel-drive (4WD) capability. Technical director Frank Markus explains the difference between all-wheel drive (AWD) and 4WD here. Meanwhile, here are the best 4x4 SUVs you can buy today.

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2021 Ford Bronco

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Well, you can't exactly buy one today, but the highly anticipated Ford Bronco 4x4 SUV is scheduled to return late this year. What we know: It's expected to be a body-on-frame challenge to the Jeep Wrangler and to be an immensely capable off-roader. Based on the next-generation Ford Ranger midsize pickup, we anticipate the 2021 Ford Bronco to come standard with four-wheel drive and feature a removable roof and detachable doors. Like its predecessors, the 2021 Ford Bronco will be offered in two- and four-door configurations. Like the Ford Ranger, the Bronco will likely come standard with the EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbo-four. In that pickup, the engine makes 270 hp and a potent 310 lb-ft of torque. It's believed that Ford's 2.7- or 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6s will be offered as options. A plug-in hybrid is also expected to join the Bronco line. The only transmission available will likely be the 10-speed automatic found in the Ford F-150 and Ranger. Everything old is new again.

One Week With the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

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2020 Jeep Cherokee

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In the compact 4x4 SUV range, there really isn't much competition for the Jeep Cherokee in terms of off-road chops. The only vehicle in its segment to offer proper 4WD (though AWD is available, too), the 2020 model received no major updates after a comprehensive set of improvements in 2019. This means the five-passenger SUV continues to straddle the entry-level people mover and rough-and-tumble off-road segments, with a variety of trim levels intended to satisfy a wide range of buyers. The most off-road-capable trim remains the Trailhawk 4x4.

The Trailhawk comes standard with a 271-hp/239-lb-ft 3.2-liter V-6; a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 270 hp (and a substantial 56-lb-ft torque advantage) is optional. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. It also comes with a mechanical locking rear differential and various off-road drive modes for added traction and performance. In a rigorous comparison against the off-road-oriented Toyota RAV4 Adventure AWD, we came away impressed by the go-anywhere capabilities of the Cherokee Trailhawk, as it comfortably dispatched a series of mud, rock, and clay off-road obstacles. Off-road on a budget? This is your rig.

2020 Jeep Wrangler: What You Need to Know

  2020 Jeep Wrangler: What You Need to Know The 2020 Jeep Wrangler excels off road, but it falls short of its compact SUV rivals when it comes to predicted reliability, ride quality, interior comfort, and fuel economy. The 2020 Wrangler does not have an overall score or ranking because of missing safety data. © Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 2020 Jeep Wrangler The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is ranked: #13 in Compact SUVs #35 in SUVs with 2 Rows Is the Jeep Wrangler a Good SUV? The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is a great SUV for some shoppers, but it’s a poor choice for others. It all boils down to how you plan to drive it. This is a rugged vehicle that can go places few other SUVs can.

Now in its fourth generation, the emblematic Jeep Wrangler is still the best SUV you can buy new. It hasn’t been watered down or compromised in any way — it’s still a no-nonsense, go-anywhere off-roader that will get you from point A to point B, even if there’s a mountain in between the two. While SUVs are losing market share to car-based crossovers, there are still several great options for buyers who want something a little more rugged than a car-based people hauler. Digital Trends has traveled the world to drive every new SUV on the market, and we’ve singled out all the best ones: The best

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2020 Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler was probably the first make and model that popped into your head when you thought 4x4 SUVs, and for good reason. Our 2019 SUV of the Year was among the best-selling 4WD SUVs last year. The Wrangler is a legend. Our pick for pure off-roading, however, is the Rubicon 4x4, available in either two- or four-door configurations with electronically locking front and rear differentials, a two-speed (high/low) transfer case, and a front anti-roll bar disconnect feature. A standard 285-hp/260-lb-ft 3.6-liter V-6 can be paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 270-hp/295-lb-ft 2.0L turbocharged I-4 is available. A 260-hp/442-lb-ft turbodiesel V-6 engine makes its debut for 2020 (automatic transmission only), and an eTorque mild hybrid is now available with the I-4 or V-6 on Sahara Unlimited. New Willys Edition, Freedom Edition, and Black and Tan packages now join the options list. Like the 2020 Porsche 911, remastering a master is a tightrope act, but Jeep has walked a mile—and then some—for its loyal customers with mile-high expectations.

2020 Ford Explorer: What You Need to Know

  2020 Ford Explorer: What You Need to Know The redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer has improved handling, a lineup of peppy engines, and a lengthy list of standard safety features. Though it's much improved, the Explorer is up against some outstanding rivals and places near the bottom of our midsize SUV rankings. © Ford Motor Company 2020 Ford Explorer The 2020 Ford Explorer is ranked: #17 in Midsize SUVs #43 in Crossover SUVs #17 in SUVs with 3 Rows Is the Ford Explorer a Good SUV? The Ford Explorer is an OK midsize SUV. The good news is that its 2020 redesign includes significant changes, and the result is a much improved three-row SUV.

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While most SUV car manufacturers are going for the four-wheel-drive luxury-car design type that you 'd most likely be able to spot in the airport or in the woods, there are still a few SUVs that carry the thrill of off-roading, and one of them is the Nissan Xterra that’s luckily still in production today . The Samurai is a lightweight SUV that has no frills and imitates the Herald’s '60s-design 4 x 4 s like the original Ford Bronco as well as the very early Japanese models like Suzuki’s own that dates back to 1968.

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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Like the Ford Bronco, the release of the Land Rover Defender has been highly anticipated. Features editor Christian Seabaugh drove several through western Africa and came away saying, "The Defender expertly balances modern construction, technology, and comfort with the off-road capability, performance, and payload that hardcore rock crawlers and overlanders demand." He continued, "A P300-badged 296-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 is standard for the U.S. market; a P400-badged mild hybrid with a 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 and an electric supercharger is optional. The hybrid powertrain makes a healthy 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. All Defender powertrains are paired with an eight-speed automatic and permanent four-wheel drive. The high-output 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 making 236 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque in the D240 models are not headed to America." The U.S. will, at least, get a plug-in hybrid version of the Defender in the near future. Like both the Bronco and the Wrangler, the Defender is available in two-door (90) and four-door (110) forms.

2020 Lexus NX Hybrid: What You Need to Know

  2020 Lexus NX Hybrid: What You Need to Know The 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid boasts lots of standard features, outstanding fuel economy, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. However, its distracting infotainment system and lackluster performance push it toward the back of the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class. © Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid The 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid is ranked: #8 in Luxury Hybrid and Electric SUVs #35 in Luxury Crossover SUVs #24 in Luxury SUVs with 2 Rows Is the Lexus NX Hybrid a Good SUV? The two-row NX Hybrid is an OK choice in the segment, and it's certainly not without its merits.

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2020 Land Rover Discovery

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Redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Land Rover Discovery's off-road prowess dates back to its 1989 introduction. Many might remember the iconic yellow Camel Trophy competitive and support vehicles. Today, the five- or seven-passenger 4x4 SUV is offered with either a 335-hp/332-lb-ft supercharged V-6 or a 254-hp/443-lb-ft turbodiesel V-6. Regardless, both are paired with an eight-speed automatic. The turbodiesel is a real stump-puller, but it runs out of breath on the highway. For serious off-roading, we recommend the HSE Luxury trim that features adjustable air suspension and a two-speed (high/low range) transfer case that gives it proper four-wheel drive. The selectable auto terrain response automatically adjusts to the terrain, recognizing, for instance, deep sand and adapting the driveline to best traverse it. Off-road, the Discovery has few peers.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Speaking of icons, the ever-boxy Mercedes-Benz G-Class (née Geländewagen) may be seen more often chugging down Rodeo Drive, but its original and true mission of pounding the terrain into submission remains intact. As it was from the beginning, the recently redesigned/re-engineered G-Wagen is built in Graz, Austria, by what is now Magna-Steyr. It is offered with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine in two forms of power: 416 hp/450 lb-ft of torque in the G 550, and a whopping 577 hp/627 lb-ft in the G 63. All that power is routed through a nine-speed automatic with a two-speed transfer case and electronic locking front, center, and rear differentials. An electronic adaptive suspension system designed to improve the G-Class' performance both on- and off-road is optional on the G 550 and standard on the G 63. As Seabaugh wrote in a thorough First Drive, "It's always daunting, reinventing an icon. But Mercedes nailed it."

2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: What You Need to Know

  2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: What You Need to Know The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid finishes in the top half our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It boasts a posh cabin, sprightly acceleration, and precise handling. It also earns a great predicted reliability rating. That said, the Cayenne Hybrid’s cramped cargo area hurts its appeal. The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is ranked: #2 in 2017 Hybrid SUVs #3 in Used Hybrid SUVs $30K and up Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid a Good Used SUV? The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a marvelous luxury midsize SUV that delivers on both the luxury and performance fronts.

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2020 Toyota 4Runner

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Recently updated infotainment and safety systems have brought the five-generations-mature Toyota 4Runner into modern times, but it's what hasn't changed that makes it a terrific off-road companion, especially in either TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro trim. The former is equipped with an electronically controlled locking rear differential, a crawl control feature, and the Multi-Terrain Select set of off-road driving modes. The latter further adds Fox shocks with remote rear reservoirs, unique front springs, a skidplate, and 17-inch wheels. The rugged body-on-frame midsize 4x4 SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only available gearbox. Despite its off-road cred, it's also a reasonably comfortable daily driver that can seat up to seven passengers across three rows.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

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With a history going back nearly as far Jeep, the storied Toyota Land Cruiser carries decades of 4x4 SUV experience. Although it has morphed into a somewhat luxury-oriented SUV with room for up to eight people, it remains an old-school, body-on-frame, live-axle 4x4 that's intended to take on tough terrain with a mechanically limited-slip center differential and two-speed transfer case. The Land Cruiser is powered by a (thirsty) 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission is an eight-speed automatic. Features of note are Toyota's legendary Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which hydraulically adjusts the front and rear stabilizer bars, increasing wheel articulation and traction when the terrain is uneven. There's also an array of cameras that provide front/side/rear views of the tricky or potentially damaging trail. Because of the Land Cruiser's full-size dimensions, an off-road turn assist—when activated—applies brake pressure to the rear wheel on the inside of the turn. This creates a rolling pivot point, similar to how a tank turns. Want to get there, wherever there is, in comfort and style? The Land Cruiser's got you covered.

2017 Hyundai Tucson: What You Need to Know

  2017 Hyundai Tucson: What You Need to Know The 2017 Hyundai Tucson claims one of the top spots in our compact SUV rankings. It has plenty of room for people and cargo, as well as one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is ranked: #1 in 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs #1 in 2017 Affordable Crossover SUVs #1 in 2017 Affordable SUVs with 2 Rows #2 in Used Compact SUVs $20K and up #2 in Used Crossover SUVs $20K to $25K #2 in Used SUVs with 2 Rows $20K and up Is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson a Good Used SUV? Yes, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a good compact SUV.

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2017 Kia Sorento: What You Need to Know .
The 2017 Kia Sorento is one of our top-ranked used midsize SUVs. It combines outstanding safety and predicted reliability ratings with an impressive, high-quality cabin. The 2017 Kia Sorento is ranked: #1 in Used Midsize SUVs $20K to $25K #1 in 2017 Affordable Crossover SUVs #1 in 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs #1 in 2017 Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows #2 in Used Crossover SUVs $20K to $25K #3 in Used SUVs with 3 Rows $20K to $25K Is the 2017 Kia Sorento a Good Used SUV? The 2017 Kia Sorento is a very good SUV, whether you choose the standard 2-row model or the available 3-row model.

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