When we want to go off the road, we only think of the established off-road trucks such as Jeeps, Land Rovers, and some other heavy-duty trucks from Chevy and Ford. And then, of course, there are always Dodge trucks that are built explicitly for the beaten road. Most production vehicles are not made with as much power as many off-road bulldozers, but some are very powerful – powerful enough to have earned the right to be ranked in the same class as a Dodge truck. Some are even better.
Have you ever considered a Rolls-Royce as an off-road option? More than likely not. How about a Peugeot 508? If you do some digging, you will find that not all of these high-end, fancy family cars are built the same. Some vehicles, even though they are designed with the family in mind, can actually compete fairly with the established off-road trucks when they get off the highway. In this article, we look at 12 family cars that are actually tougher than a Dodge truck.
12 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback is among the best family wagons that will serve you throughout the year, for many years. The Outback features the Subaru “must-have” all-wheel drive and an option of either 2.5L four-cylinder engine, or 3.6L V6. The wagon is highly efficient – durable, and practical. If you have this, you can forget about the Dodge truck.
11 Volkswagen Tiguan
If you need a machine that can go off the beaten path without struggle or without breaking the bank, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan off-road is your go-to choice. The Tiguan is an all-purpose vehicle; it’s built with the standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive and three optional terrain response driving modes: On-road, Off-road, and Snow. You can’t get any better choice than this.
10 Peugeot 508 RXH
Just like the Subaru Outback spun off of the Subaru Legacy, the 508 RXH in turn spun off of the 508 SW. The Peugeot 508 RXH comes with an increased car height and a longer equipment list. The longer stance gives this beautiful family ride a much tougher look.
Still, besides the design improvements, the crossover also features an all-wheel-drive enabled 147kW/450Nm diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. The four-wheel-drive option that selects both the diesel and electric power makes the 508 RXH a 4×4, making it a perfect family option for off-road trips.
9 2019 Bentley Bentayga
For many, the 2019 Bentley Bentayga would not be the first go-to choice for an off-road vehicle, probably because of the price. But it is a Bentley, and it is well capable of going into the dirt and coming out stronger.
The $229,000 luxury SUV comes with a potent V8 engine that delivers extraordinarily immense power and instant acceleration. With the full-time all-wheel drive and the all-terrain optional package, the Bentley Bentayga becomes a more spirited power machine that is capable of taking your family to wherever you want to take them. The optional all-terrain package includes selected off-road settings like a brush guard and a 360-degree camera. The 2019 Bentley Bentayga is power and comfort combined.
8 Mitsubishi Pajero
The Pajero is a power machine, and has been since its introduction to the global market. It is a mid-size Japanese made 7-seater SUV that’s got a lot of substance. If we are looking for a powerful, ready-to-go family vehicle that can take abuse without a complaint, the Mitsubishi Pajero rises to the top of the list. The Pajero comes with a 3.2L 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission.
7 Volvo XC90
There are many Volvo models we would have picked, but bigger is better. The new Volvo XC90 cannot disappoint. It comes with the mandatory Volvo steadiness, and of course, looks prettier than ever.
The Volvo XC90 is incredibly smooth and quiet – a perfect ride for long family journeys. With the improved efficiency and sustainability coupled with the reserved Swedish comfort, Volvo XC90 is the perfect family vehicle that gives an assurance of service for the entire decade.
6 Land Rover Discovery LR4
Not exactly comparable to the good old Defender, but the Land Rover Discovery LR4 is always in its element. The LR4 will take you wherever you want to go. Whether you are taking a city vacation or going beyond the travel limits, this luxurious family SUV has got your back.
The British automaker made sure that you have everything you need for the off-road trips by featuring a terrain response and an adjustable suspension for off the beaten path, and a stadium seating setting for the view. With a gradient acceleration control, descending steep hills feels safer than ever. The LR4 comes with a 3.0L supercharged engine that produces a massive 340hp of power.
5 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is pretty much one of the strongest vehicles ever built in Germany. And while it doesn’t fit in the category of Benz’s luxury vehicles simply because of its different body design, the G-Wagen is a Benz like any other Benz.
The mid-size luxury SUV is exceptional in every way, from the Mercedes’ signature four-wheel drive and the three lockable differentials to the ability to accelerate from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. The Mercedes Benz G-Class offers the widest range of gear spans in the motor industry with a nine-speed transmission teamed with a two-speed transfer case. Even with all the power, the G-Wagen is designed with a Dynamic selection of driving modes that lets you fine-tune its performance even more.
4 Toyota 4Runner
Since 1984, when the Toyota 4Runner was introduced to the American market, this family SUV with a truck-like body on a frame chassis has been conquering terrains and standing strong.
The production entered the fifth generation in 2009. Its design was upgraded in 2013, which is still more of the same in the 2019 model. It features the 4Runner 4.0L V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, and an optional four-wheel drive. This perfect choice for a family off-road vacation vehicle comes with a very spacious five-seater space, with optional expansion to seven persons. And if you have more luggage than the 4Runner can take, you can tow up to 5000 pounds with it.
3 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
You can tell that the world is hungry for quality luxury vehicles such as the GLC-Class just by looking at the statistics of its sales since it debuted in 2015. The first production was superb, but the new one is even better. 4MATIC (All-wheel drive) sends power to all the wheels and ensures that it is used as it should be. On slippery roads and other challenging terrains, it elevates the driving confidence to give an assurance of stable handling.
2 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
The TRD Pro is the keyword here, which is not available in other Toyota Sequoia models except for the 2020 model. Toyota understands the power behind this brand, and they are going to milk it for as much as they can.
The new Sequoia comes with a more toughened exterior and suspension. With the 18-inch BBS wheels and the all-terrain tires, the Sequoia TRD Pro can handle anything thrown at it. It comes with a 5.7L V8 engine.
1 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The subcompact Jeep Compass Trailhawk can serve as the perfect warrior off the beaten path. The Trailhawk features some very crucial upgrades that are not available in other Jeep Compass Models.
The enhanced all-wheel drive, the exclusive crawl ratio of 20:1, modified suspension for additional ground clearance, and an improved approach angle are some of the main modifications on the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. The traction control software-selectable includes rock mode that gives this Trailhawk extraordinary power to wrestle with the toughest terrains.
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