Winner: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Runner-Up: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

The Wrangler Rubicon keeps all of its legendary capability, but adds a new engine. Yes, the 3.6-liter V-6 is more refined than the 3.8-liter, but what matters here is that it provides 83 more hp and 23 lb-ft more torque. That means the Rubicon is still an incredible rock-crawler, but it's now more fun in soft sand. The Raptor has a Torsen front diff and cool front camera, making it better on the trail.


Hard-core 4x4
Vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Jeep Wrangler/ Unlimited Rubicon Land Rover LR4 (w/H-D pkg) Mercedes-Benz G550
Base price $43,565 $30,895/$34,470 $50,500 $108,850
Wheelbase 133.3 in 95.4/116.0 in 113.6 in 112.2 in
Engine 6.2L SOHC V-8 3.6L DOHC V-6 5.0L DOHC V-8 5.5L SOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed man 6-speed auto 7-speed auto
Power, SAE 411 hp 285 hp 375 hp 382 hp
Torque, SAE 434 lb-ft 260 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 18.6/22.5 gal 22.8 gal 25.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 11/16 mpg 16-17/20-21 mpg 12/17 mpg 12/15 mpg
Seating cap 5 5-Apr 7 5
Curb weight 6016 lb 4104 lb 5833 lb 5622 lb
Max GVWR 7000 lb 5000 lb 7143 lb 5467 lb
Cargo cap 67.0 cu ft 56.5/86.8 cu ft 90.3 cu ft 79.5 cu ft
Max towing cap 6000 lb 3500 lb 7716 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Ram Power Wagon Toyota 4Runner Trail Teams Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams
Base price $30,995 $42,850 $37,565 $34,125
Wheelbase 106.3 in 148.9 in 109.8 in 105.9 in
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 5.7L OHV V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Transmission 6-speed man 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 6-speed man
Power, SAE 261 hp 383 hp 270 hp 260 hp
Torque, SAE 281 lb-ft 400 lb-ft 278 lb-ft 271 lb-ft
Axle ratio 3.69:1 4.56:1 3.73:1 3.91:1
Low range 2.63:1 2.72:1 2.57:1 2.57:1
Tires 265/75R16 285/70R17 265/70R17 265/70R17
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 34.0 gal 23.0 gal 19.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/20 mpg N/A 17/22 mpg 15/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 6 5 5
Curb weight 4410 lb 6626 lb 4750 lb 4300 lb
Max GVWR 5399 lb 9600 lb 6300 lb 5570 lb
Cargo cap 65.7 cu ft 60.9 cu ft 89.7 cu ft 66.8 cu ft
Max towing cap 5000 lb 10,200 lb 5000 lb 5000 lb