The Jeep Wrangler has been the gold standard for 4x4s for decades. This rugged brand is built with ultimate utility and off-road capability in mind. It can climb rocks, go over mountains and conquer any obstacle thrown its way… at least that’s what Jeep leads us to believe.
In reality JeepThe Wrangler can struggle from time to time, sometimes in areas that these ten cars don’t struggle in. That’s why, if those areas were of the utmost importance to us, we’d buy these ten cars over the new Wrangler any day.
10/10 BMW X5
The Jeep Wrangler can navigate through valleys of water and muddy terrain without breaking a sweat. But it’s not the best on-road performer out there. It’s a crown taken by the BMW X5. This SUV runs on the asphalt as smooth as butter. Launched in 1999, the X5 has evolved into a luxurious, modern SUV that offers incredible on-road driving and respectable off-road performance.
It’s the kind of car that a city guy interested in high ride heights and huge space would appreciate. Even better, BMW has a $2,500 option with an electronically controlled locking differential and underbody protection for buyers who will take the X5 to the woods more often.
9/10 Ford F150 Raptor
Ford F150 Raptor crushes Jeep Wrangler for off-road dominance. If the Wrangler can take on Godzilla, this American 4×4 bully can take on King Kong and Godzilla. This brand set a precedent for modern, high-performance off-road driving.
The F150 Raptor was originally built with Ford’s bullish 6.2L V8. But thanks to environmental concerns and the advocacy for more fuel-efficient vehicles, the newest Ford F-150 Raptors pack a 3.5L EcoBoost V6. But that doesn’t mean it’s sloppiness. Strangely, Ford managed to squeeze 450 hp out of those six cylinders.
8/10 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
With everyone saying goodbye to the small truck market, Chevy thought it was a good time to return to this interesting pickup segment. They were the first to bring back the small trucks. The new opportunity opened the door for them to experiment with a fairly capable modern small truck.
That brand is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This brand has been built to do what Chevy never managed with the Hummer H3 to build a fun, fast, small SUV. Under the hood, the Colorado ZR2 has a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine.
7/10 Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco is a great off-road alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. Much like the Jeep, the Bronco is built to conquer trails. It has an impressive ground clearance of 11.6 inches and can go through 33.5 inches of water.
Ford also built the Bronco with a 3,500-pound towing capacity rating for the two-door and four-door models. And just like Jeep’s lovable off-roader, the new Ford Bronco has removable body panels. Plus, the new Bronco looks great and is built for the outdoors.
6/10 Toyota 4Runner
The Jeep Wrangler struggles a lot when it comes to reliability. Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Jeep Wrangler a predicted reliability rating of two out of five. That’s terrible, although the 2020 Jeep Wrangler was a tad better, earning an overall rating of four out of five.
But it’s still nowhere near the reliability you’d get from the Toyota 4Runner. This brand received a reliability score of five out of five, which is pretty standard.
5/10 Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is the better choice over the Jeep Wrangler if you’re more inclined towards luxury. But beware, you will have to dig much deeper into your pockets. The Land Rover Defender is no cheap beast. It does, however, boast the Defender’s prowess with an interior filled with all the premium touches you’d expect from a car in its segment.
The new Land Rover Defender comes with a panoramic sunroof, 3D surround camera with ClearSight Ground View, grained leather seats, among other premium features.
4/10 Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery is a big SUV that can do everything the big boys can do. This large seven-seater packs top-notch practicality, outstanding off-road capability and a high-tech chassis packed with Land Rover’s Terrain Response System.
It then gives the Wrangler ten-zero when it comes to the interior and luxury options. The Discovery is a lovely car to drive in. It has premium features like leather seats, a better infotainment system and more driving options designed to make your journey on mud or tarmac as pleasant as possible. However, the price may scare you away.
3/10 Mercedes G class
If you’re aiming to stand out from the 4×4 crowd, don’t get a Jeep Wrangler. Get a Mercedes G-Class and watch the Kardashians invite you for a cameo. This brand has been around for years as the G-Wagen, but Mercedes has been relentless with updates.
Each new G-Class has updated driving and technical features to keep the car relevant and enjoyable to drive. But you must have at least $100,000 in your bank account. And if you have more, you can get the top model G 63 with a 4.0L V8.
2/10 SsangYong Rexton
If you’re looking for value for money, look no further. The SsangYong Rexton is the 4×4 you’re looking for. All for the dollar, this brand squeezes more juice than the Wrangler. This massive 4×4 received smart updates in its latest generation, bringing a sharper look and better quality to its arsenal of impressive features.
To make it better, it’s the family 4×4 SUV you’d be proud to have spent money on. It can handle the rough terrain at work and still be comfortable enough to take the family on a road trip.
1/10 Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most popular 4×4 SUVs globally. It is to the world what the Land Rover Defender is to Britain. These days, Toyota has perfected the ride quality of the Land Cruiser to the point that buyers are considering it over other competing family SUVs for city driving.
Interestingly, while ensuring that a thoroughbred CEO can enjoy driving to work in this massive machine, Toyota has still kept the Land Cruiser’s ruggedness in check. It can drive through anything without the wheels spinning over a small puddle of mud.