3 Best Off-Road Vehicles for 2016

When the going gets rough, the tough throw all their gear in their off-road vehicle and find some fun among the trails and wild places where only a 4×4 can go. From a small crossover vehicle that punches above its weight to American off-road icons and a genuine trail truck, here are some of the best off-road vehicles for 2016.

Jeep Renegade

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is a subcompact crossover with room for five passengers. It features an attractive design that is both slightly sci-fi while still invoking Jeep’s off-road heritage. It is fun to drive on and off the road. A good ride, responsive handling, and steep approach and departure angles make a solid base for four-wheeling action.

In the Trailhawk edition, the Jeep Renegade is a capable vehicle with segment-leading, off-road ability. Available options allow owners to personalize any one of the Renegade’s four trim levels. Trailhawk models are exclusively four-wheel drive and come with 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, a raised ride height, tow hooks, a four-wheel drive system with a low range for crawling, and protective skid plates. A 2.4-liter engine capable of producing 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque is standard on the Trailhawk, while a turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is available in other trims levels.

Jeep Wrangler

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is a two-door, four-passenger or four-door, five-passenger sport utility vehicle. It is equally adept at shrugging off potholes and weaving through city streets as it is taking on trails that less capable vehicles would avoid. With its round headlights and vertical grille slots, it is a design icon. The Wrangler’s off-road bias and straightforward interior make it distinct from any other vehicle.

The Jeep Wrangler is uniquely capable in any trim level, but available options and editions, such as the Rubicon, take the Wrangler to unmatched status. Base equipment on the Sport includes 16-inch steel wheels, skid plates, tow hooks, and a full-size spare. Sahara models roll on 18-inch alloy wheels and sport color-matched body trim. The Rubicon’s standard equipment list gives a hint at its abilities, with 17-inch alloy wheels; 32-inch, all-terrain tires; and rock rails. A 3.6-liter, V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Wranglers have four-wheel drive standard.

Ram Rebel

The Ram Rebel is the most off-road oriented of all the Ram 1500 trucks now available. It is exclusively available as a crew cab with a 5-foot 7-inch bed. The 17-inch wheels are wrapped in all-terrain rubber with black fender flares. Bilstein shock absorbers at all four corners are ready for heavy-duty off-road use. Tow hooks are standard, as are fog lights, heated front seats, and unique interior materials. A two-speed transfer case with low range gearing gives the rebel serious grunt, while an onboard air suspension system allows the ride height to be adjusted according to need. A Hemi V8 gives the rebel power to handle anything.

These three vehicles are leaders in their respective classes and provide different approaches to the same end: having fun when the blacktop stops and the dirt begins.

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