Some vehicles are built for comfort, others for convenience, still others for hard work. But the most elite class of cars are those built to deliver high performance off-road, and if you’re looking for a model that can take on even the most inhospitable terrain and the toughest off-road tracks, this list of 2019 SUVs is a great place to start.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Few automotive brands are as synonymous with off-road prowess as Jeep, and among Jeep’s excellent line-up of rugged vehicles, the Wrangler Rubicon stands out as being one of the hardiest and most reliable.
Having received a complete redesign in 2018, the 2019 model is one of the most modern, up-to-date off-road vehicles on the market, and comes with plenty of customizable options.
Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer the most horsepower (though it can haul up to 8,201 lbs.), and nor is it the largest or fastest. But Land Rover’s careful engineering means that it is one of the most versatile.
Shoppers who browse the latest options available on sites like KijijiAutos.ca have noted that the upgrades available to the Discover’s already sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, like All-Terrain Progress Control, make it one of the easiest off-road vehicles for beginners to try.
Toyota 4-Runner TRD Pro
There is no question that in the world of off-road driving, the 4-Runner is a legend. Designed as a throwback to an earlier style of SUV, the 4-Runner’s truck-like frame gives it incredible muscle, and the TRD Pro trim has been hailed as providing some of the best off-road driving available from an SUV. While it might not be the most cutting-edge off-road vehicle on the market, the 2019 model proves that if something works, you don’t need to fix it.
The Subaru Crosstrek may not have the same name recognition as other SUVs on this list, but it has slowly but steadily earned accolades and rave reviews from fans in the off-road community. The latest Crosstrek is engineered to handle the toughest terrain drivers can imagine, with an all-wheel-drive system that automatically shifts power to whichever wheels have the most grip and a special off-road traction management system.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles (short for “Galandewagen,” the German term for cross-country vehicle) are truly some of the best off-road vehicles on the market today, and with the G550, drivers get the cream of the crop.
Not only does the G550 come with an immensely powerful 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that delivers 416 horsepower, but its portal axles provide a staggering 17.2 inches of ground clearance. It also has strong visuals: the boxy shape offers unparalleled visibility while also lending the vehicle a sense of retro style.
Wherever your path takes you, these five rugged SUVs have the power, flexibility, and durability to get you there. If you are planning an off-road adventure in the coming year, make sure that you don’t leave the city without one of these muscular 2019 vehicles. Once you hit the trail, you’ll be glad to have the modern power and cutting-edge driving systems of a Jeep, Land Rover, Toyota, Subaru, or Mercedes under your foot!