• The Best Vehicles for Off-Road Driving

    Ideal cars for mud will be either four-wheel or all-wheel drive, lightweight and have good low end torque. Good cars for mud require either four wheel drive or all-wheel drive to ensure that at least one driven wheel maintains traction when in the mud. A lightweight car won’t bog down or sink in deep mud as easily or as much as a heavier vehicle will, and good low end torque will help drive your car through the mud more effectively than one with better high end torque. Below you will find three vehicles ideal for mud driving, with a brief description of why they are ideal for mud.

    Eagle Talon AWD

    The Eagle Talon was produced by a joint venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi through the decade of the 1990s. This car is lightweight to ride high in the mud, has good low end torque to pull you through and is good example of an all-wheel drive passenger/sport vehicle. To be one of the best passenger/sport vehicles for mud use, you would only need to lift the vehicle a few inches to increase ground clearance and install mud/terrain tires, such as the Goodyear Wranglers or BF Goodrich All-Terrain brands.

    Jeep CJ Series Vehicles

    The Jeep is an American icon dating back to World War 2. Originally produced by the Willys-Overland Company, it was originally created for the military and designated the “Vehicle, General Purpose.” The American GI shortened that name first to GP and then to Jeep.

    It has always been a superlative performer in the mud. Usually requiring very little to no modifications, all versions of the CJ series from Jeep are excellent performers in mud. Excellent ground clearance and stability make the Jeep one of the best overall vehicles for use off road. Great low end torque and relatively lightweight mean it will be very difficult for a skilled driver to get stuck in the mud with a Jeep. The CJ series encompasses the CJ 5, the CJ 6 and the CJ7.

    Subaru Outback

    Subaru makes a whole family of excellent cars for mud use. However, the Outback is the one model that delivers both form and function. Able to seat up to five adults, the Outback, like all other offerings from Subaru, is a lightweight, four-cylinder all-wheel drive vehicle. With a good set of mud tires installed, it’s fairly difficult to get stuck in any of the offerings available from Subaru and the Outback, with its longer wheelbase is even harder to get stuck with when driven properly.

    Chevrolet/Hummer

    When the American military asked the industry for a replacement for the Jeep, Chevrolet produced the Hummer. The Hummer is just as capable, if not more so, than the Jeep CJ series off road and in the mud. The newest version, the H3, is also the smallest, offers the same capabilities as the Hummer and H2, but in a smaller, more efficient design. The Hummer and H2 will seat up to 5 or 6 comfortably, depending on size, while the H3 will seat no more than 5.

    Subaru

    All of the cars made by Subaru are great off road and in the mud. However, the Outback and Forrester, being more dedicated to the outback, will be the best choice for someone looking for a fun to drive off road car. Both are small, equipped with all-wheel drive and peppy little four cylinder engines. Their lightweight and slightly increased wheelbases make the excellent vehicles for going off road, unless the terrain requires more ground clearance than approximately 12 inches. These vehicles are capable of having larger tires installed to increase the ground clearance, making them more suitable for really rough terrain. For muddy, dirty roads or tracks, with a minimum of obstacles such as large rocks and deep potholes, these two offerings from Subaru will get your blood and adrenaline pumping.

    There are a number of ideal cars for off-roading. Some of these are considered sport utility vehicles, while some are passenger cars. To be ideally suited for off-road use, a vehicle should have ample ground clearance, be capable of four or all-wheel drive and be as lightweight as possible.