Which Factory 4x4 Off-Roader Is the Ultimate Trail King?

November 20, 2012
2012 Ford F150 SVT Raptor Front Three Quarter View
While 4x4 off-roaders are all made to take on rough trails, they don't all perform as well. Some take on treacherous terrain with ease, while others are left begging for a winch. So which factory 4x4 off-roader do you think is the ultimate trail king?
Four Wheeler recently had a 4×4 showdown with choices including the 2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X, 2012 Toyota 4Runner Trail, Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, 2012 Toyota Tacoma TRD T|X Baja Series, 2012 Ram Power Wagon, 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was also a contender, and while you can find out right here which vehicle the magazine chose as the best factory 4×4 off-roader, we’re curious to know which would be your top choice.
While it's not a factory 4x4, we are keen on the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept, created as an eco-friendly, go-anywhere vehicle for the California Highway Patrol. The concept wears clever LED headlights arranged to reassemble the letter 'G,' a bold grille, large 20-inch wheels, and a roof rack with integrated accent lighting.
Even if your favorite from-the-factory 4x4 vehicle isn’t mentioned above, tell us which off-roader you would choose and visit Four-Wheeler’s comparison test here.


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2012 Jeep Wrangler