Australians love to go off-road. With plenty of red soil and golden sand to explore, more Australians than ever are headed to the outback or beach for bigger and better adventures. If you’re looking to join the 4WD fan club, here’s our definitive guide to the best 4WD options for every buyer and budget (in no particular order), so you can get off-road sooner.
1. Toyota Landcruiser
One of Australia’s most iconic 4WD vehicles since first launching back in the 1950s, the Toyota Landcruiser has a reputation for durability and reliability. Better still, thanks to its long history you can start your 4WD adventures in models from the 1990s that are still in good condition.
2. Nissan Patrol
Looking to carry the entire family around Australia in comfort? Famous for adaptability in both city and off-road conditions, the Nissan Patrol offers a blend of comfort, 4WD power and affordability.
3. Land Rover Discovery
Looking for a taste of luxury? The Land Rover Discovery impresses with uncompromising comfort and good looks. Used Land Rover Discovery models still attract top prices and plenty of fans.
4. Jeep Wrangler
Jeep capitalised on combining their early pedigree in military vehicles with more youthful styling in the classic Jeep Wrangler. Their iconic soft-tops and bright colours appeal to sun-lovers of all ages and wallet sizes.
5. Range Rover Sport
Combining all the attributes of a luxury wagon, a high-performance sports car and a 4WD, Range Rover Sport has been drawing keen fans since 2005.
6. Toyota Hilux
A tradies favourite workhorse for decades, the Toyota Hilux is also famous for still running after being dropped from the top of a skyscraper on Top Gear. The Toyota Hilux blends durability with plenty of tray space and dual cab options for the whole family.
7. Land Rover Defender
Thinking off-road adventures in even the roughest of terrains? Try a Land Rover Defender. Land Rover’s icon of 4WD adventures was first launched back in the 1990s and is the chunkiest and most durable of the Land Rover family of 4WD vehicles.
8. Mitsubishi Pajero
Smaller than its classic rivals the Toyota Landcruiser and the Nissan Patrol, the Mitsubishi Pajero is comfortable both off-road and in the city. With up to seven seats in a much smaller package than other 4WD classics, the Mitsubishi Pajero is a great option for adventure and fuel efficiency.
9. Hummer Humvee
A fan of early 2000s US action movies? Derived from US military technology, the Hummer Humvee is a bit bold, a bit ridiculous, but very capable off-road and sure to turn heads in the city as well.
10. Suzuki Jimny
With new models attracting an enthusiastic following for its special blend of off-road capability and affordable pricing, the Suzuki Jimny SUV is a tiny 4WD package with a surprising amount of cargo space.
Heading off-road with one of these classics? Don’t forget to check Gumtree for a great value 4WD, as well as 4WD accessories and camping equipment for your adventures.