Top 10 Best SUVs for Off-Road Driving in 2023

Top 10 Best SUVs for Off-Road Driving in 2023

08 September 2023 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Jeep Wrangler 2023

Off-road driving has never been as popular as it is right now, and this is something most automotive manufacturers have realized. That's why each of them has at least one model or version with enhanced off-road capabilities. In some cases, we're talking about extreme off-road driving, while in others, it's more about a well-marked trail. All of this means that there is now a huge variety of models offering increased off-road capabilities in the SUV segment.


So, I've decided to create a Top 10 list on the subject to shed light on your future choice and, most importantly, guide you toward a model that suits your needs. It's clear that vehicles with the most enhanced off-road capabilities are not necessarily pleasant to drive in everyday life. Therefore, you might prefer a more balanced model if it's your only vehicle. On the other hand, if you want to go where even some ATVs can't reach, you'll certainly find something to your liking in this Top 10. As you'll see, there are options for every budget because I've also included some luxury models in this list.


10 — 2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro


The Kia Telluride is a newcomer in the segment of SUVs with enhanced off-road capabilities. Its X-Pro version is definitely the one to choose if you plan to venture off the beaten path. Moreover, the model offers excellent towing capacity and a rather interesting look.


9 — 2023 Ford Bronco Sport


The Ford Bronco Sport may be less extreme than its big brother, the Bronco, but the American manufacturer's compact SUV still offers interesting off-road capabilities. Some versions are better suited than others, but that's the beauty of having choices. Plus, it's one of the few models in its category that can offer 7 seats.


8 — 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek


Having tried the regular version of the Pathfinder, I can tell you that its ground clearance is clearly not high enough for off-road driving. However, Nissan addresses the issue with the Rock Creek version, which also comes with a host of other improvements.


7 — 2023 GMC Yukon AT4


Lacking a SUV similar to the Bronco or Wrangler, General Motors has decided to play its cards differently by offering an impressive off-road package for most of its models. The Yukon AT4 is capable of leaving you in awe. It's also one of the few full-size SUVs to have such a package on the market. Several other models in the GMC family benefit from a similar package, so you won't be short of choices in this regard.


6 — 2023 Subaru Outback


I know, in theory, the Subaru Outback is a family car and not a sports utility vehicle. Nevertheless, the fact is that it can outperform most of the SUVs in this top 10 on most terrains. The Wilderness version is quite impressive. Moreover, it's a version that can now be found on other models from the brand if you're interested.


5 — Mercedes-Benz G-Class


The Mercedes-Benz G-Class was originally designed for military use. Over the years, it has evolved into a luxury and prestige model, but the large SUV from the German manufacturer has never abandoned its origins. Besides being one of the fastest SUVs in a straight line on this list, the G-Class can overcome obstacles that would be impassable for an ATV. It excels particularly in sandy or slippery terrain.


4 — 2023 Toyota 4Runner


The Toyota 4Runner may not be the most modern or technologically advanced model on this list. However, it remains one of the most capable vehicles when it comes to off-road driving. It can go anywhere and, more importantly, get out of trouble easily. It's also one of the most reliable vehicles on this list.


3 — 2023 Land Rover Defender


Land Rover has truly made an impact with the new Defender range, available in three variants. It's the ultimate luxury SUV for adventure. In fact, the most ironic part of it all is that it remains more affordable than many models here in its base version. However, if you choose the Defender, treat yourself and go for as many options as possible, especially those not found on mainstream models.


2 — 2023 Ford Bronco


To be honest with you, I've long debated whether to put the Bronco or the Wrangler in the first position of this Top 10, especially now that the Bronco offers a Raptor version. However, after careful consideration, I believe that the American manufacturer's SUV still has some ground to cover to compete with the Wrangler, which is why it's in second place. Nevertheless, the Ford Bronco offers serious off-road capabilities, and it's a model that should not be overlooked. In fact, to a certain extent, it's practically a matter of preference.


1 — 2023 Jeep Wrangler


The Jeep Wrangler remains the undisputed king of off-road driving. After all, it has inspired a whole generation of SUVs and continues to do so today. The 392 version is absolutely incredible, but you'll have fun behind the wheel of the Wrangler, no matter which version you choose. Not to mention, there's a dedicated community of enthusiasts around this model, which is handy if you want to discover the best trails and explore them as a team. Its status goes far beyond that of a mere vehicle.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Ford, GMC, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Ford Bronco, Ford Bronco Sport, GMC Yukon, Jeep Wrangler, Kia Telluride, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Outback, Toyota 4Runner

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier