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Best Off-Road Trucks

Top-Rated Off-Road Pickup Trucks for 2021
April 6th, 2021

The factory-installed off-roading equipment on modern trucks makes it easier to go off-road than ever before. Sure, some people take joy in modifying their own vehicles to traverse the nation's trails. But if you want to spare yourself the sweat equity, some excellent off-road trucks are available right off the showroom floor.

Whether your mission is weeks-long overlanding, epic-trail off-roading or just getting a truck that's as rugged-looking as it is genuinely rugged underneath, there's a truck out there for you. So we've rounded up a list of some of the best trucks on the market today, in all their off-road-package glory. If you're shopping for a truck that can dominate in the dirt, this is the perfect place to start.

Best Off-Road Trucks for 2021

Edmunds currently recognizes three segments of pickup trucks: midsize, large (a.k.a. full-size or light-duty) and heavy-duty. These categories sort today's trucks into comparable buckets in terms of overall dimensions, engine output, and payload and towing capability.

We test hundreds of vehicles every year and put them through the rigor of our vehicle evaluation process. That includes all the midsize, large and heavy-duty trucks the market has to offer, both on- and off-road. We evaluate performance, utility, technology and overall comfort, among other considerations, and we've chosen the Best Off-Road Trucks of 2021 based on those test results.


Best Midsize Off-Road Trucks

  1. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $45,500
    Engine:
    3.5-liter V6
    Combined mpg:
    18-20
    Horsepower:
    278 hp @ 6,000 rpm
    Torque:
    265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

    2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

  2. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $42,795
    Engine:
    3.6-liter V6 (Edmunds recommended)
    Combined mpg:
    17
    Horsepower:
    308 hp @ 6,800 rpm
    Torque:
    275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

    2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

  3. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $45,390
    Engine:
    3.6-liter V6 or 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
    Horsepower:
    285 hp @ 6,400 rpm (gas), 260 hp @ 3,600 rpm (diesel)
    Torque:
    260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm (gas), 442 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm (diesel)

    2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon


Best Large Off-Road Trucks

  1. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Ram 1500 TRX
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $71,690
    Engine:
    6.2-liter supercharged V8
    Combined mpg:
    12
    Horsepower:
    702 hp @ 6,100 rpm
    Torque:
    650 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

    2021 Ram 1500 TRX

  2. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
    Engine:
    3.5-liter V6 turbo

    2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

  3. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $52,795
    Engine:
    5.3-liter V8
    Combined mpg:
    17
    Horsepower:
    355 hp @ 5,600 rpm
    Torque:
    383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

    2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss


Best Heavy-Duty Off-Road Trucks

  1. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $63,025
    Engine:
    6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 (Edmunds recommended)
    Combined mpg:
    Not available
    Horsepower:
    475 hp @ 2,600 rpm
    Torque:
    1,050 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

    2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty Tremor

  2. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $55,430
    Engine:
    6.4-liter V8 (Edmunds recommended)
    Combined mpg:
    Not available
    Horsepower:
    410 hp @ 5,600 rpm
    Torque:
    429 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

    2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

  3. Off-road truck trim:
    2021 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X
    Starting price (including destination fee):
    $56,315
    Engine:
    5.6-liter V8
    Combined mpg:
    Not available
    Horsepower:
    400 hp @ 5,800 rpm
    Torque:
    413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

    2021 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X

  4. Top Truck Features for Off-Roading

    It's fair to say that hardcore off-roading vehicles are equipped with four-wheel drive that includes low-range gearing, as opposed to all-wheel-drive without the 4-Lo option. The differences mean a lot when you're deep into off-road territory, and having four-wheel drive can significantly decrease your likelihood of getting stuck. For all the details on the differences between four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, check out our exhaustive AWD vs. 4WD breakdown.

    Along with four-wheel drive, tire choice is very important when you explore the great outdoors, with knobby all-terrain tires allowing for more grip in rocky, muddy and just generally slippery situations. These off-road-focused tires will decrease fuel economy a bit, but they'll provide much more capability when you need it the most. Every truck on our list comes with four-wheel drive and off-road-oriented tires, which helps cement their status as dedicated off-road vehicles. Most trucks on our list also come with a numerically higher axle ratio, which allows for more of the engine's available torque to flow to the wheels. Combine off-road-ready features with the smooth delivery of low-end torque and you're off to a great start.

    Abundant ground clearance is also top of mind when it comes to off-road priorities. The higher up off the ground you are, the less likely you are to get caught on a rock, a stump or an obstacle of any kind. You're also less likely to flood the engine or the cabin at water crossings. High ground clearance is often paired with improved approach and departure angles, as well as breakover angle. The approach angle is calculated at the front of the vehicle, while the departure angle is calculated at the back. One easy way to think of these angles is in terms of their relationship to the bumpers and tires of a vehicle: The closer the tires are to the front and rear of the car, the higher the approach and departure angles are, and the more capable a vehicle will be off-road. High approach and departure angles mean you're less likely to scrape a bumper, or get one stuck and stop your progress entirely. A high breakover angle means you're less likely to get hung up and damage something between the tires.

    Next Steps

    Whether you're looking for an agile midsize truck with formidable off-road abilities, a full-size truck with some extra towing power and passenger space, or a heavy-duty rig with an abundance of torque, there's an off-road truck for everyone. To pick the pickup that's right for you, use the Edmunds comparison tool, build and price your vehicle, and check out the dealership prices in your area. You'll be wreaking havoc on the Rubicon Trail in no time.