Our Picks for the Best 2020 All-Terrain Vehicles
Whether you need a truck you can take on the trails or an SUV that can haul your family and their gear for your annual camping trip, a four-wheel-drive vehicle provides the traction you need for even the most rugged terrain. If you're shopping for a new 2020 model, these are the highest-rated all-terrain pickup and sport utility choices for performance, features and versatility.
Multiple sources call this rehash of the original World War II Wrangler the best off-roading vehicle you can buy. Start with removable doors, removable tops and a fold-down windshield. Add your choice of a two-door or four-door model, with a selection of three impressive powertrains. The 3.6-liter V6 gets 285 horses while the 2.0-liter turbo-four provides a healthy 270. Both come with an eight-speed transmission, though you can upgrade to a six-speed manual for optimal control with the V6. The second half of 2020 will bring a turbodiesel version of the Wrangler.
The Wrangler can be outfitted with everything you need for a tough trail. Depending on the trim, you'll have between 9.7 and 10.8 inches of ground clearance to tackle jagged obstacles. The tough suspension, protective skid plates, tow hooks and two-speed transfer case come on every 2020 Wrangler model. You can also upgrade with a locking differential, limited slip and electronic sway bar. Bringing a boat or trailer to the forest? Tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs. with the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. That body style also provides more cargo space than most other compact SUVs: 32 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 72 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
This model of Toyota's largest pickup comes ready for action, with standard off-roading features that include 10.6 inches of ground clearance, four-wheel drive, skid plates, 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, upgraded front and rear springs, Fox internal bypass dampers, and a 2-inch suspension lift. This capable full-size truck also has a standard V8 engine that blasts out the class-topping power of 381 horses, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Several cab configurations and lots of standard tech features will push this truck to the top of your shortlist. The Tundra is also the truck to choose if you plan to keep your next ride for years; it has a rare above-average predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates.
Ford F-150 Raptor
Named the best full-size pickup of 2020 by U.S. News and World Report, the F-150 is more than just a tireless towing and hauling machine. If you opt for the Raptor trim, you'll enjoy the power of a twin-turbo V6 that gets 450 horses paired with the off-road prowess of four-wheel drive, Fox dampers, integrated terrain management, all-terrain tires, Torsen limited-slip front differential and rear electronic locking differential. Fans of the Raptor also praise the smooth shifting of the standard 10-speed automatic transmission.
Need a truck that works as hard as it plays? The F-150 Raptor can haul up to 3,270 lbs. and tow a maximum of 13,200 lbs. with the proper equipment. Several cab configurations allow three to six to sit comfortably in this pickup. The truck also boasts an exceptional 4.5 predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates and a five-star safety rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.
An off-roading truck or SUV with plenty of space is a smart choice whether you plan to forge your own path and live off the land or already subscribe to the off-the-grid lifestyle. Take a test drive of these top three picks to see which best supports your penchant for adventure, exploration and independence.