Winner: Ram Power Wagon
Runner-Up: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

We've loved the Power Wagon ever since Dodge resurrected the name, and the 2010 Ram version carries on where the Dodge left off. It returns as a crew cab short-box 2500, with a 4.56:1 axle ratio, a 37.2:1 crawl ratio, NV271 4WD, and room for six. And it can tow more than 10,000 pounds. The Power Wagon is a comfortable daily driver, excellent on trails, and can do hard work during the week. It may look like a weekend toy, but this is a credible pickup with legitimate all-around abilities.


Hardcore 4x4 -- A to M
Vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Land Rover LR4 (w/H-D pkg) Mercedes-Benz G550
Base price $38,995 $29,525 $48,850 $104,875
Wheelbase 133.0 in 95.4 in 113.6 in 112.2 in
Engine 5.4L SOHC V-8 3.8L OHV V-6 5.0L DOHC V-8 5.5L DOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed man 6-speed auto 7-speed auto
Power, SAE 310 hp 202 hp 375 hp 382 hp
Torque, SAE 365 lb-ft 237 lb-ft 375 lb-ft 391 lb-ft
Axle ratio 4.10:1 4.10:1 3.54:1 4.38:1
Low range 2.64:1 4.00:1 2.93:1 2.16:1
Tires 315/70R17 255/75R17 255/55R19 265/60R18
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 18.6 gal 22.8 gal 25.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 14/18 mpg 15/19 mpg 12/17 mpg 11/15 mpg
Seating cap 5 5-Apr 7 5
Curb weight 5863 lb 4104 lb 5833 lb 5622 lb
GVWR 6950 lb 5500 lb 7143 lb 5467 lb
Cargo cap 67.0 cu ft 56.5 cu ft 90.3 cu ft 79.5 cu ft
Max towing cap 6000 lb 2000 lb 7716 lb 3500 lb

Don't agree with our winner? Then tell us which vehicle would you have picked as the 2010 Best in Class Hardcore 4x4 in the comment box below.


Hardcore 4x4 -- N to Z
Vehicle Nissan Xterra Off Road Ram Power Wagon Range Rover HSE
Base price $30,000 $45,780 $79,275
Wheelbase 106.3 in 148.9 in 113.3 in
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 5.7L OHV V-8 5.0L DOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed man 5-speed auto 6-speed auto
Power, SAE 261 hp 383 hp 375 hp
Torque, SAE 281 lb-ft 400 lb-ft 375 lb-ft
Axle ratio 3.69:1 4.56:1 3.54:1
Low range 2.63:1 2.72:1 2.93:1
Tires 265/75R16 285/70R17 255/5R19
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 34.0 gal 27.6 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/20 mpg N/A 12/18 mpg
Seating cap 5 6 5
Curb weight 4438 lb 6572 lb 5697 lb
GVWR 5399 lb 8510 lb 7055 lb
Cargo cap 65.7 cu ft 60.9 cu ft 74.2 cu ft
Max towing cap 5000 lb 10,300 lb 7716 lb
 
Vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota 4Runner Trail Teams Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams
Base price $66,770 $36,500 $32,515
Wheelbase 112.2 in 109.8 in 105.9 in
Engine 5.7L DOHC V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Transmission 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 6-speed man
Power, SAE 381 hp 270 hp 259 hp
Torque, SAE 401 lb-ft 278 lb-ft 270 lb-ft
Axle ratio 3.91:1 3.73:1 3.91:1
Low range 2.62:1 2.57:1 2.57:1
Tires 285/60R18 265/70R17 265/75R16
Fuel cap 24.6 gal 24.0 gal 19.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/18 mpg 17/22 mpg 15/19 mpg
Seating cap 8 5 5
Curb weight 5688 lb 4750 lb 4290 lb
GVWR 7275 lb 6300 lb 5570 lb
Cargo cap 81.7 cu ft 89.7 cu ft 66.8 cu ft
Max towing cap 8500 lb 5000 lb 5000 lb
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