12 Best 4x4 SUVs

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The Best 4WD SUVs for Wandering the Trails

There’s no denying that the average SUV has gotten soft. In order to reduce fuel consumption and create more cabin space, automakers have mostly moved away from truck-based platforms to cargo-based ones. This is better for the average commuter, but it has hampered the off-road ability of the average SUV.

But where there have been evolutions in platforms, there have also been evolutions in drivetrain and four-wheel drive technology. Lightweight and powerful engines have been coupled to 7- and 8-speed transmissions that find the perfect gear ratio for the trail, and power is put to the dirt via advanced 4x4 systems, like the Terrain Response system developed by Land Rover.

These systems allow for multiple terrain settings and can put power to each wheel individually, making the latest crop of four-wheel-drive SUVs the most advanced of their kind. Read on to learn about the 2017 class of capable 4x4 SUVs, and see if one of these trail-going vehicles is right for you!