Not all off-road vehicles are created equal. If you’re looking to have the baddest off-road vehicle on the block, there are 7 major factors you need to consider. If you can strike the right balance between all these concerns, you'll have a serious off-road performer.
1. Ground Clearance and "Angles"
Your vehicle’s ground clearance matters a lot when it comes to off-roading. More is better, as a general rule. To give you an idea of how much ground clearance your vehicle has - and how that compares to capable off-road vehicles - here's some data about factory ground clearance on a few new vehicles.
2017 Wrangler Rubicon - 10 inches
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road - 9.4 inches
2017 Raptor F-150 - 11.5 inches
While there are some great off-road vehicles with less ground clearance, nearly every good off-roader has at least 9 inches between the ground and the vehicle’s underside. The great off-road vehicles have more, which means you might need to invest in a lift kit to improve your vehicle’s ground clearance.