These ain't no cute utes.
The Nissan Patfhinder won't be finding as many paths as it used to, now that the one-time truck has followed many of its peers like the Ford Explorer and Kia Sorrento into the world of crossovers. Never fear, even though their ranks are dwindling, there are still a few hardcore off-road machines out there if you want to get your dirt on. Click through to check them out if you dare.
This truck was designed to do it all. With a 411 hp 6.2-liter V8 and Fox Racing Shox it can easily cruise along the desert floor at 100 mph, while a front Torsen limited slip differential, electronic hill descent control, grille-mounted camera and over 11 inches of suspension travel help it crawl over just about any obstacle that gets in the way. If not, it can probably drive right through it. There's a reason its grille was designed to look like a brick wall.
There have been many very capable Jeep Wranglers over the years, but none better than this. The 10th Anniversary Edition Rubicon has the highest ground clearance ever, steel bumpers with removable end caps, three electronic locking differentials, rock rails and, just in case you still don't think its tough as nails, it's available in a paint color called Anvil.
This former military machine has been on sale since 1979 and isn't going away anytime soon. Now outfitted with a 535 hp twin-turbocharged V8 and high performance suspension to go with its three locking differentials and low-range transfer case, there are few roads, paved or not, that it can't handle.
Based on Ram's heavy duty pickup, the Power Wagon is powered by a 383 hp Hemi V8, has a disconnecting front stabilizer bar, 14.5 inches of ground clearance, skid plates in case you really get crazy, and it can tow 10,250 pounds pretty much anywhere.
As one of the last of the mid-size body-on-frame SUVs, the 4Runner has a heavy torch to bear. It does it with a kinetic dynamic suspension system that automatically adjusts the stabilizer bars, low speed traction and cruise control, locking rear differential and a low range transfer case that you need to engage by pulling on a big old lever between seats upholstered in water resistant material.
Don't worry, Nissan hasn't gone all soft. The Xterra is still around and ready for the rough stuff with a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system, locking rear differential and off-road lights built into its roof rack, which also has a storage bin for dirty gear. You can even get it with a manual transmission. Does it get any more old-school than that?
These ain't no cute utes.