2017 Volkswagen Touareg
Staring price: $49,495
The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is one of the top off road vehicles available today. The popular auto from VW sports an extremely comfortable ride, and with all-wheel drive is a very capable auto off of the road.
The base engine in the car is a 3.6 liter six cylinder rated at 280 horsepower and is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Consumers can also choose to add automated emergency breaking and adaptive cruise control when buying the car new.
The top overall speed of the auto is 130 MPH, and the gas mileage rating of the vehicle is 17 MPG (city) and 23 MPG (highway).
The name sounds odd, but the Touareg offers a comfortable ride and spirited performance—something we all can understand. Though likely overlooked by most SUV shoppers, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg could be worth paying attention to if you’re searching for a comfortable and well-trimmed crossover SUV with some luxury leanings.
The Touareg has always been pretty well equipped, but this year’s model goes even further as VW has added some previously optional features as standard.
Every 2017 Touareg now has adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, a trailer hitch and an 8-inch touchscreen, and that’s on top of last year’s already quite extensive feature roster.
2017 Subaru Outback
Starting price: $25,645
There are vehicles roughly in the same ballpark as the 2017 Subaru Outback, but nothing plays the same position. The Outback is a midsize wagon with standard all-wheel drive and about the same ground clearance as a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
It’s definitely an alternative choice but also checks so many practical boxes that it’s a must-drive for anyone looking for a reasonably priced crossover SUV.
The 2017 Subaru Outback continues the tradition of the popular auto being one of the best off road cars sold on the market. With a very competitive entry-level price point, the all-wheel drive car does not disappoint when driving in the back country or on the main roads.
The Outback is powered by a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine rated at 175 horsepower. Consumers desiring additional power can choose to upgrade to a 3.6 liter V-6 rated at 256 horsepower.
All available drive trains come with a CVT, and the 2017 model comes with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and collision breaking. The top overall speed of the Outback is 139 MPH.
The Outback has the interior space of midsize models such as the Ford Edge and Kia Sorento, but its lower roof makes it easier to load gear, and its higher ground clearance gets it over rocks and through deep snow without a snag.
2017 Lexus LX
Starting price: $89,880
If you’ve got an adventurous spirit and a large family to bring along with you, several vehicles can get you where you want to go. But if you expand your wish list to include things such as a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, fancy leather seats and wood grain on the dash, then your options dwindle considerably. Lexus just might have the vehicle you’re looking for, though, with the 2017 LX 570.
The 2017 Lexus LX is one of the best off road cars on the road. The starting price of the vehicle is a bit high, but consumers who buy the LX are demanding a luxury auto that is very capable driving on terrain not for the faint of heart.
The auto is powered by a V-8 engine rated at 403 lb-ft of torque and 383 horsepower. The auto is very capable when it comes to towing as well with a max tow capacity of 7,000 lbs.
The vehicle has a top overall speed of 133 MPH, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds. The gas mileage rating of the LX is below average; however, with a 12 MPG (city) and 17 MPG (highway) overall rating.