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Which trucks and SUVs offer the best off-road capabilities for your outdoor pursuits?

Below, we delve into the top offerings from Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep, and RAM, exploring their capabilities, features, and styling.

For most Outdoor News readers, off-roading isn’t a hobby; it’s a need.

Whether it’s traversing rugged terrain to access a downed deer, planting trees and maintaining food plots, or hauling treestands into the back 40, having the right vehicle at the right moment can make or break your day.

Among the myriad options available, modern SUVs and pickup trucks remain the all-around choices for getting to your destination by highway, then going off-road when necessary.

Below, we delve into the top offerings from Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep, and RAM, exploring their capabilities, features, and styling.

Whether you prefer iconic designs, comfort, or brute power, there’s an option here for everyone.

The Silverado HD ZR2 Bison in the desert.

Chevrolet offers several off-road-ready vehicles, with the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 leading the pack. Its Silverado line remains a favorite among hunters, trappers and anglers across the region.

Chevrolet Tahoe Z71: The Tahoe Z71 combines the comfort and versatility of a full-size SUV with off-road capability. Equipped with a standard two-speed transfer case, off-road suspension, and skid plates, it’s ready to tackle rough trails with ease. The Z71 package also includes off-road tires, a locking rear differential, and Hill Descent Control, enhancing its performance on challenging terrain. With seating for up to nine passengers and ample cargo space, the Tahoe Z71 is perfect for adventurous families.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: As a midsize pickup truck, the Colorado ZR2 offers impressive off-road prowess in a more compact package.

Its off-road suspension with Multimatic DSSV dampers provides exceptional wheel articulation and damping, ensuring a smooth ride over rough terrain. The ZR2 also features front and rear electronic locking differentials, skid plates, and rock sliders, making it capable of handling the most demanding trails. With its diesel engine option, the Colorado ZR2 combines power and efficiency for an unparalleled off-road travel experience.

Chevrolet’s latest iteration of its iconic Silverado lineup elevates its off-road capabilities to new heights. The 2024 Silverado builds upon the foundation of its predecessors while incorporating advanced technologies and innovative features tailored for off-road enthusiasts.

Its available off-road packages, such as the Z71 and the newly introduced ZR2, further enhance its capability with features like off-road-tuned suspension, skid plates, and electronic-locking rear differentials.

The 2024 Silverado boasts a bold exterior design with aggressive styling cues and ample ground clearance, signaling its readiness to tackle rough terrain. Inside, the cabin offers comfort and convenience features designed for adventure, including available leather-appointed seats, a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, and advanced driver-assistance technologies for added safety and confidence.

2023 Ford Bronco Big Bend in Cactus Gray.

Ford has a rich history of producing capable off-road vehicles, and two models that stand out in their lineup are the Ford Bronco and the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Ford Bronco: The resurrection of the legendary Bronco has been a success for Ford. With its rugged exterior design and impressive off-road capabilities, the Bronco is available in two-door and four-door configurations. It offers versatility for various off-road adventures.

Equipped with features like the Terrain Management System, G.O.A.T. Modes (Goes Over Any type of Terrain), and available front and rear locking differentials, the Bronco is ready to tackle almost any terrain. Its optional Sasquatch Package further enhances its capabilities with larger tires, high-clearance suspension, and electronic-locking front and rear axles.

Ford F-150 Raptor: For those who prefer the versatility of a pickup truck, the Ford F-150 Raptor delivers fine performance off the beaten path.

Powered by a high-output twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, the Raptor churns out impressive power while maintaining efficiency. Its robust suspension system with FOX Live Valve shocks provides exceptional damping on rough terrain, ensuring a smooth ride even in the most challenging conditions.

With features like Trail Control, Terrain Management System, and optional 37-inch tires, the F-150 Raptor is a formidable off-road machine.

2024 Jeep® Gladiator Willys with upfit package by AEV

Jeep is synonymous with off-roading, and the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator embody the brand’s legendary heritage.

Jeep Wrangler: The Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world, known for its capability and rugged design. Available with two-door or four-door configurations, it offers versatility for outdoor adventures. With its solid front and rear axles, generous ground clearance, and available four-wheel drive systems, the Wrangler can conquer the toughest trails with ease. Jeep offers a range of off-road-focused packages, including the Rubicon trim, which comes with features like front and rear locking differentials, electronic sway bar disconnect, and rock rails.

Jeep Gladiator: The Gladiator combines the off-road capability of the Wrangler with the utility of a pickup truck, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who require hauling capability. Sharing many components with the Wrangler, including its off-road prowess, the Gladiator offers a spacious five-foot bed for carrying gear and equipment. It features a robust suspension system, skid plates, and available front and rear locking differentials, ensuring it can tackle challenging terrain with confidence. The Gladiator Rubicon, in particular, offers the highest level of off-road capability, making it a top choice for adventurous souls.

2024 Ram 1500 TRX.

RAM trucks are renowned for their durability and performance, and the RAM 1500 TRX and RAM Power Wagon exemplify this reputation.

RAM 1500 TRX: The 1500 TRX is a beastly pickup designed to dominate on and off the road. Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine producing 702 horsepower, it offers top performance in its class. Its advanced off-road suspension with Bilstein adaptive dampers and massive 35-inch tires provide exceptional traction and stability on rough terrain. With features like Launch Control, eight driving modes, and available front and rear locking differentials, the TRX delivers an exhilarating off-road experience.

RAM Power Wagon: The Power Wagon is a legendary off-road truck known for its extreme capability and rugged design. Based on the RAM 2500 heavy-duty platform, it’s powered by a robust 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers more than ample power for tackling the most challenging terrain. Equipped with front and rear locking differentials, an electronically disconnecting sway bar, and a factory-installed winch, the RAM Power Wagon is ready for any off-road adventure out there.

The Power Wagon’s generous ground clearance and aggressive approach and departure angles ensure it can navigate obstacles with ease, making it a favorite among hardcore off-road enthusiasts.

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