Whether you do it for fun or as part of your job, driving off-road requires a special kind of vehicle. For the most part, you want a car that can handle reasonably well on the road at highway speeds while still being able to take the bumps, mud, rocks, and other obstacles that off-road terrain will throw your way. Here are a few vehicles that strike a good balance between good manners when on the road and rugged performance when off of the road.
The name really says it all. The Colorado is Chevrolet’s mid-size pickup truck that is available with 2WD or 4WD. The Colorado offers three engine choices and is packed with technology such as StabiliTrak that makes it outrageously awesome off of the road and equally as poised on the road. The Z71 package includes an off-road suspension with special twin-tube shock absorbers and transfer case shield for improved ride on unpaved surfaces. With the 4WD Extended Cab model starting at just $27,545, the truck is a great value as well!
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado is probably the best known truck in the Chevrolet family, and one of the top-selling trucks on the market today. It can handle just about any type of terrain you throw at it, but remains comfortable at highway speeds. It has more than a foot of wheel travel at each corner (double what a standard pickup offers) and a locking differential (with Trailering Package) that makes it as good in the mud as any 4×4. The Silverado is widely adaptable to your needs, and is available in regular cab, double cab, and crew cab variants. It is a truck you can be proud to own for many years to come.
The Escalade is the ultimate in off-road luxury. While you are more likely to see this vehicle in a suburban or city setting than you are to see it in the backcountry, don’t let that fool you. The Escalade has serious off-road capability as a result of its driver-selectable four-wheel drive system with two-speed transfer case and heavy duty locking rear differential. It also boasts Hill-Start Assist, a selectable Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and StabiliTrak vehicle stability system – all included as standard equipment! Its aggressive 3.23:1 low-range gearing lets it tackle obstacles that other luxury SUVs could never handle.
Cadillac XT5 Crossover
One entry on this off-road list that might surprise people is the Cadillac XT5 Crossover. This luxury vehicle is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine and optional All-Wheel Drive to provide excellent grip in snowy, rocky, and other environments. While this leather-appointed cruiser is definitely not the most hardcore off-road vehicle on this list, it will get you to the ski lodge, cabin, or other destination in comfort and style. With an MSRP of $48,385 for the AWD model, it may not be the most affordable car on the list, but the XT5 is as sophisticated an off-roader as you’ll find anywhere.
Each of the vehicles above comes ready to tackle the outdoors from the moment you buy it. That’s what makes these 4x4s so great. There are no modifications to make and no time to waste. You just jump in and head off into the wild. To find a pre-owned 4×4 truck that’s right for you, visit your Greeley CO Chevrolet dealer today!