Real off-road warriors
As crossovers continue to replace traditional SUVs, what vehicles are left that can tackle real off-road challenges?
With more SUVs being built than ever before, it's ironic that fewer are designed to go off-road. There once was a time when rugged, truck-based sport-utes designed to explore the great outdoors were all you could buy. Today, nearly all of those muscular machines have been replaced by more sedate, car-based crossovers better suited for trips to the mall or library than to a campsite or creek bed. So what's a nature lover looking for weather-tight body work, low-range gearing and a tough, truck-based chassis to do? We went searching, and here's what we found.