Not all cars are made equal. You probably don’t want to be driving your 6-speed roadster through some muddy Amazon swamps, or up the rocky winding roads to Machu Picchu. What you want is a car as rugged as you are. Something that can take a beating and get back up again and again and again. Believe me, you don’t want to get stuck on some barren Mongolian steppe wondering where the next Tesla charging station is at. You need toughness, great gas value, and a 4-wheel drive ready to pull you out of any situation. Whether you are bringing your own vehicle along, or renting, look for some of these models to help you get wherever your adventures take you.
The American classic. Serving adventurers since WWII, this is a time tested model that is as reliable as it is instantly recognizable. Whether you are picking up a brand new model or relying on an old warrior, this is a car that can handle any terrain or environment you throw at it. Perfect for those who love roughing a bit, the easily customizable Wrangler can come with an open chassis, manual drive and 4-wheel drive. Solid gas mileage rounds out the Jeep Wrangler as the unquestioned King of off-road vehicles. You will do well to remember that the next time you try traversing a canyon in your Prius.
Land Rover Range Rover
The Range Rover is the fine dining experience of all-terrain capable vehicles. Hailing from across the pond, Land Rover has been producing some of most iconic off-road vehicles for about as long as they have been around. Seriously, what would a safari be without a beige Land Rover kicking up some dust in the African savannah? The Range Rover offers incredible off road capabilities, such as 510 hp and a computer-controlled Terrain Response four-wheel drive system. The good chaps at Land Rover even claim the Range Rover can handle fording water up to three-feet deep. Let’s not forget either, that the Range Rover also competes with other luxury SUV models, like the Porsche Cayenne and Maserati Levante. A beautiful interior and world-class entertainment features keep you comfortable even if the outside world is doing everything it can to run you down.
This isn’t your average Toyota. Over 30 years of production later, the 4Runner holds up as an old-school SUV capable of delivering performance no matter where you are in the world. Toyota’s world-renown reliability carries over to the 4Runner, translation: you won’t find yourself stuck on some Alaskan glacier looking like a quick bite for a polar bear. The TRD version offers even more off-road capability including locking differential and Bilstein shocks, not to mention a look that says you mean business.
The World Is Waiting
Don’t let your car get in the way of your travels. Each of the cars listed above are perfect for the free-spirit who ready to traverse all the odd ends of the world.