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WR May 17th, 2016 at 5:34 pm

You forgot the International Harvester Scout and Scout II!!! These were better that the majority of the ones on the list!

Josh Burns May 17th, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Great suggestion! The Scouts can start getting a bit pricey though for one in decent shape. There are a few on eBay as well – http://www.ebay.com/bhp/international-scout-ii.

todd May 17th, 2016 at 6:30 pm

define great before you add any mitsubishi product or the suzuki samari….

fishydude May 17th, 2016 at 9:19 pm

That’s funny. None of those are even in production anymore.
The Blazer is far too big to be useful as a trail rig.
The Zuke is a fun light weight rig. See a lot of massively modified rigs in Uwharrie. But much of the gear for those is custom made.
Scouts are cool.
But still, it is hard to beat a wrangler for capability and customizing. More choices for after market modification than any vehicle out their.

Scott May 17th, 2016 at 9:58 pm

Nissans every bit as well built as Toyotas? Nonsense from a mechanic that specializes in them for years and years… not to say they’re not better built than a lot of American junk.

And IHS? Ya right… good luck with that – breaking down in the middle of nowhere.

Siebe May 18th, 2016 at 7:32 am

I cant believe they did not include the first gen Land Rover Discovery. Same drivetrain and suspension as they best 4X4 by far the Defender. You can pick up clean models of them for less than $3000. Simple and easy to build up.

Mike May 18th, 2016 at 7:58 am

Don’t forget the Isuzu Vehicross!

Anonymous May 18th, 2016 at 8:28 am

I’m a Nissan fan, but there aren’t many 4×4 upgrade parts for the Pathfinder or the Hardbody. The only thing you can do to a Pathfinder is a mild suspension kit. You’re still stuck with the torsion bar front suspension, which doesn’t articulate worth a darn.
SURE!! You can do a solid axle swap, but then you’re not talking about a basic 4×4 anymore. That’s full custom work which requires tools and knowledge that most people don’t have.
They’re quite capable in stock form, but don’t plan on taking one of them deep into the Rocky Mountains on a goat trail. You’ll be walking home.

no thanks May 18th, 2016 at 10:36 am

Scouts, good lord, they are pricey, along with the Landcruiser, 4runner and pathfinder. What about vehicles that aren’t snatched up by rock crawlers as soon as they list (i.e. Samauri and Montero)? The Ford Expedition should be on this list. Short wheel base, ridiculously short approach and departure angles. Factory wheel wells will stuff 36″ tires with no contact/conflict. A good strong engine that will run at any angle (besides upside down). The rear axle is weak for major off-road work, but the same goes for all but the C10 Blazer above). Transmission is strong as long as it isn’t abused.

Dave May 18th, 2016 at 10:42 am

When comparing SUV’s to Jeeps and including Toyota, you have got to specifically mention the Land Cruiser FJ40 series. The FJ40 has to be the closest competitor the Jeep Wrangler has ever had.

Another worthy mention might be the Land Rover Defender series as well.

Ryan May 18th, 2016 at 10:45 am

No FJ Cruiser?…

JayBird May 18th, 2016 at 11:10 am

Not sure how you can leave off the Land Rover Discovery 1 and 2, outstandingly offroad capable, comfortable, and you can buy as many as you want for under $5k. You would be hard pressed to find a situation where a Pathfinder outperforms a Disco.

walter May 18th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Hummers – my H3 adventure is still running strong

DL May 18th, 2016 at 12:36 pm

What about the Toyota FJ Cruiser?
Should have been first on the list.
Or is the FJ Cruiser on the list titled “Great Off-Road SUV’s That Are Better Than Jeeps”

Joel Grey May 18th, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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