On this episode of TFL Talkin’ Trucks, we list the best and the worst new off-road trucks you can buy today. Roman and Andre are joined by Stephen Elmer – managing editor of www.TFLoffroad.com – to remember the best (and worst) off-road adventures and stories.
All new pickup trucks are getting more capable and more comfortable. The latest 4×4 off-road trucks are a prime example. New off-roaders use big sturdy frames, thick axles, high-tech adjustable shocks, differential lockers, crawl control low-speed systems, surround camera systems and more.
We narrow down a highly competitive set of trucks: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevy Colorado ZR2, Ford Ranger FX4, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, Nissan Frontier Pro-4X, and other to just two.
In the end, we agree that the ZR2 and Rubicon have the most off-road gear available in the segment for maximum capability.
All six manufacturers have some special to offer in this space. The Chevy has the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss. Ford has the Raptor and the FX4 trucks. Ram has the Rebel. GMC Sierra has a newly minted AT4 lineup. Toyota offers the Tundra TRD Pro. Finally, the Nissan Titan Pro-4X is a solid performance.
One truck stand above the rest. It’s the Ford Raptor with its wide-body stance, lots of suspension travel, high tech Live-valve real-time adjustable shocks, rear locker, and a limited-slip Torsen front differential.
Heavy duty space is bit smaller, but there is new competition for 2020. Ford introduces a Super Duty Tremor off-road truck. GMC launches the HD AT4 lineup of trucks. These two are there to take on the Ram Power Wagon. The Ford Tremor combines payload, towing, and off-road prowess into one package – but the Power Wagon is still laser-focused on performance in rough terrain.
Which off-road truck packages disappoint? This is a very tough call! It’s like splitting hairs. The Ford F-150 FX4 off-road package is a little light on hard off-road capability. It’s more value-minded. The Tundra TRD Pro has amazing new suspension with Fox shocks, but does not have the great clearances or selectable lockers.
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