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

How can you compare the slow-crawling, go-anywhere capability of some of these vehicles with the high-flying, fast-paced Baja style of the Raptor? Last year, it was a runner-up to the ultracool Power Wagon partly because of old engines, but the Raptor's new 6.2-liter V-8 sent it to the top of this year's list. Versatile, with a comfortable ride and 6000-pound towing capability, it's awesome in the dirt. For slower going, there's the Power Wagon.


Hardcore 4x4 -- (Ford - Mercedes-Benz)
Vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Land Rover LR4 (w/H-D pkg) Mercedes-Benz G550
Base price $42,525 $29,995 $49,250 $106,625
Wheelbase 133.3 in 95.4 in 113.6 in 112.2 in
Engine 6.2L SOHC V-8 3.8L OHV 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 202 hp 375 hp 382 hp
Torque, SAE 434 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 11/14 mpg 15/19 mpg 12/17 mpg 11/15 mpg
Seating cap 5 4 7 5
Curb weight 6000 lb 4100 lb 5850 lb 5650 lb
GVWR 7000 lb 5000 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