Best Off-Road Vehicles for 2022

06 21, 2022

It is impossible to develop a "Best Of" list for off-road vehicles because off-road enthusiasts all have different tastes. Some are racers, some climb rocks, and others want a vehicle that can navigate the dirt tracks and shallow streams they need to cross to get to their favorite fishing or camping site. If the truth is told, any truck or SUV can be rigged exactly as the owner wants it, thanks to a cornucopia of aftermarket modifications. 

That said, manufacturers are rolling out models that have off-road capabilities straight from the factory. So if you are looking for a brand new off-road ride fresh from the factory that has all the technology and is ready to go from showroom to trail, then you may want to consider: 

New Chevy Colorado ZR2

1. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. A mid-size truck, the ZR2 has a 3.5-inch wider track and rides 2-inches taller than the base Colorado. Equipped with 31-inch Goodyear DuraTrac rubber, the ZR2 features a series of off-road gear, including stainless steel rock rails, skidplates, high-clearance bumpers, and front and rear electronic locking differentials. When you are ready to tackle that rock field, switch to the off-road driving mode and fully disable traction and stability control. Tough and durable, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a hot new entry into the world of factory-equipped off-road rides. 

2022 Ford Bronco's new Everglades Package in its natural habitat

2. Ford Bronco Everglades

2022 Ford Bronco Everglades. Reintroduced in 2021, the Ford Bronco squarely targeted the iconic Jeep Wrangler with a number of trims, choices in engines, removable doors and roofs, and other Jeep-like features. In addition, in the summer of 2022, Ford's over-the-top off-road trim dubbed the Everglades will make its appearance. Sporting a digital camouflage paint job, the Everglade will have a factory-installed winch, snorkel, and 35-inch Goodyear Territory MT tires.  

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R making use of its new and improved suspension system

3. Ford F-150 Raptor R

2022 Ford F 150 Raptor R. The F 150 Raptor is on everybody's list of best off-road rides thanks to a new suspension that allows 14-inches of travel in the front and 15-inches in the rear big, beefy 37-inch tires, and a 450 horsepower 3.5L Eco-Boost V6. That's great, but coming mid-summer 2022, a new trim called the Raptor R takes the Raptor to a whole new level. The Eco-Boost V6 will be the stock engine, but an optional supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine used in the Ford Mustang GT500 to pump out 750 to 770 hp. will be available.  

2022 GMC Sierra AT4

4. GMC Sierra AT4

2022 GMC Sierra AT4. Not fancy, but if you enjoy slug-it-out off-road reliability, the Sierra AT4 is the ride for you. Powered by a  3.0-liter diesel or 6.2-liter gasoline V-8, the Sierra has a factory-installed 2-1nch lift, 32-inch Goodyear Dura Trac rubber, skid plates, and custom-tuned Ranch monotube shocks at all four corners. All AT4 Sierras are four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case and GMC's Traction Select System. Overall, the Sierra AT4 is a solid off-road performer and a good-looking truck. 

The New "King of the Trail" 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

5. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The Jeep Wrangler has often been called King of the Trail, and the Rubicon is arguably the most off-road capable Wrangler. Equipped with Ford's Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range ratio, Tru-Lok locking front and rear differentials, and an electronic-disconnect front swaybar, the Rubicon is ready to take on most any challenge you are likely to engage. That includes serious rock climbing, mud bogs, and suspension-wracking ruts. When you drive a Rubicon, you are driving the best Jeep has to offer

New 2022 Land Rover Defender (Left) Showcased Next To The New-Old Land Rover Defender V8 Trophy (Right)

6. Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender. Washed up and polished, the 2022 Land Rover Defender looks like an upscale SUV. But, while it is at home in the urban jungle, it belongs on the trails of the most challenging terrain you can find. Equipped with Land Rover's Terrain Response 2, the Defender can adjust throttle response, steering, stability control, four-wheel-drive, differential, and air suspension systems according to trail conditions. Toss in auto-locking center, and rear differentials, and significantly larger breakover and departure angles than the Wrangler Rubicon, and you have a sophisticated, rugged off-road vehicle ready to take on rocks, hills, mud, and sand.