The Best Off-Road SUVs in 2018

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Head Off the Road in These Capable SUVs

For many drivers, the adventure begins where the pavement ends. They need durable vehicles that are built to tackle unpaved roads with confidence. Fortunately, there are options that don’t force you to give up on-road refinement to get great off-road prowess.

Capable off-road vehicles have several common attributes that help them to excel on challenging terrain. They ride higher than other SUVs, so they can clear obstacles and wade through thick mud and snow. Skid plating protects underbody components from rocks, logs, and other debris that the vehicles don’t quite clear. They’ll typically have long suspension travel (articulation) to allow the vehicle to traverse uneven terrain. Finally, they’re equipped with rugged and aggressive tires that can maintain traction in the worst conditions and ward off damage.

Beyond those hardware components, some of the best off-roaders have sophisticated traction management systems to help you get moving, climb hills, and descend steep grades.

On the following slides, you’ll see the best off-road SUVs available in America. Some brands are focused on off-road performance, and all of their vehicles perform well in extreme terrain and hostile weather conditions. We’ll look at them as groups, and then discuss several other great off-roaders.

Our new vehicle scores and rankings frequently change as new information becomes available. The scores shown on the following slides may not precisely match the ratings you see in the individual vehicle reviews.

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