SUVs might have taken over the sales charts, but over the past two decades they’ve evolved to the point where only a few models have stayed true to their go-anywhere off-road roots. Most sport-utility shoppers snap up these practical daily drivers for their generous cargo and passenger space, not to mention the added security of all-wheel drive, but there’s still a shortlist out there searching for a trail-ready champion that they can get muddy on more than just a gravel road. Check out these five SUVs that you can actually take off-road.
1. 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Why We Like It: The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been available with a host of trail-rated equipment, but the new 2017 Trailhawk model assembles it all in one place and throws in a bunch of luxury features (heated and cooled leather seats, heated steering wheel, Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system) to go with it. The end result is a comfortable commuter that doesn’t care whether you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic or crawling through a field of boulders.
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