Top 5 4WDs and offroaders

Now that summer’s here, it’s time to go up country and experience what our great state of Western Australia has to offer. If you’re planning to take any of WA’s great drives [link], it’s best to tackle the Pilbara and Kimberley in a rugged four-wheel drive. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take yourself off road for an immersive experience. sums up the top 5 4WDs to for a beautiful offroad holiday.

  1. Land Rover Discovery 3

If you’re out for the weekend or longer, the Land Rover Discovery is the ultimate workhorse. It’s huge. That’s what you want for a big trip if you have even bigger demands for equipment, food and other necessities. It packs a whopping V8 HSE engine, churning out 220kW. It makes light work of long highways and performs decently around bends. Take a whole posse out with your third row of seats and other comforts. It’s a joy to drive on.

  1. Mitsubishi Pajero

Every 4WD enthusiast knows of the Pajero – they either have one or knows someone who does! The 2015 Pajero is the value seeker’s choice, packing more in for a fraction of the price. It has a 3.2L common-rail direct injection turbo diesel engine with a peak power output of 147kW. It’s a comfortable ride and offroading is easy with Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology, including active stability control and traction control.

  1. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Rubicon by name – and it’s for a reason. This is the American car marque’s flagship offroader now in its tenth anniversary edition. Powered by a V6 penta-star 3.6L engine, it garners up to 209kW of power. It’s definitely not a “kid drop off mobile” – this is a 100% hard core off road 4WD. It can take a bit of getting used to, but it can take a lot of punishment and still keep going. Front and rear locking differentials are superb; though comfort over bumps leaves a bit of a sore behind.

  1. Toyota LandCruiser

An eight seat V8 GXL, it generates 228kW of power to shift it’s bulky frame. It’s a big vehicle. I mean, BIG. Off road, it’s tough to beat. Through difficult terrain and in the wet, you want this getting you out of trouble. That’s helped by a generous 439Nm of torque at 3,500rpm and a kinetic dynamic suspension system, plus crawl control and turn assistance. You also get Bluetooth, satellite navigation and the all-important reversing camera.

  1. Toyota Kluger

The “king” of offroad, the Toyota Kluger strikes the right balance between hardy offroader and suburban all-rounder. It carries four adults and three children in a 60/40 split inside and a 3.3L twin-cam V6 under the hood. It has plenty of spunk and can tackle most everything you throw at it. It grips well, steers fine and provides plenty of great experiences.

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