Best In Class: Hard-Core 4x4

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

This is another fun one to argue over. Both first and second place combine excellent off-roading with decent on-road ability. Short-wheelbase versus long, SUV versus truck -- it isn't easy to choose. The Raptor adds beadlock wheels for 2013, and is still an amazing truck for high-speed driving, but the Rubicon gets the edge here for its abilities on slickrock, in dirt, and when rock-crawling.


Hard-core 4x4
Vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCab Jeep Wrangler/ Unlimited Rubicon Land Rover LR4 (w/H-D pkg) Mercedes- Benz G550
Base price $44,625 $31,590/$35,090 $50,745 $113,905
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 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 5 (7) 5
Curb weight 6016 lb 4104 lb 5659 lb 5578 lb
Max GVWR 7000 lb 5000 lb 7143 lb 5467 lb
Cargo cap 67.0 cu ft 55.0/86.8 cu ft 90.3 cu ft 79.5 cu ft
Max towing cap 6000 lb 3500 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb
Vehicle Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Ram Power Wagon Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams
Base price $31,250 (est) $43,350 $38,000 $34,500 (est)
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 17/21 mpg 15/18 mpg
Seating cap 5 6 5 5
Curb weight 4408 lb 6287 lb 4750 lb 4290 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 4700 lb