Off-roading can be an all-season sport and fall is one of our favorite times to hit the trails. All that rain produces plenty of mud and if you didn’t get it muddy, did you even off-road? Even drivers that prefer the unbeaten path are forced onto roads more traveled once in a while. Most can't dedicate one vehicle to off-roading and another to everyday use, so the solution is an all-in-one package. We've wrangled up the 6 most versatile (and fun) rock crawlers and trailblazers.

1. GMC Sierra AT4

Sierra AT4

The 2019 Sierra AT4 is an entirely new trim for GMC's Sierra pickup and it's the perfect blend of luxury and off-road capability. It's specifically designed to take on all terrain with updates like a 2-inch factory lift, new tires and all-new technology to make sure the driver stays safe. When it comes to everyday driving, the AT4 doesn't disappoint. The luxurious interior offers sporty style, comfort and practicality with dark leather seats and real aluminum finishes on the center stack and steering wheel. The multi-pro tailgate makes loading cargo of all shapes and sizes nearly effortless.

Best Off-Road Features

The AT4 gets outfitted with new wheel options including an 18-inch wheel with all-terrain tires or mud terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires or a 20-inch wheel with all-terrain tires. Off-road safety features include Surround Vision system which lets you see what’s on the other side of a hill and the Hill Descent Control which provides a smoother descent on rough surfaces. 

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2. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler has always been synonymous with 'rugged' and 'off-road'. Until recently, Wranglers also had a reputation for being quite terrible to drive on-road. Luckily, that's changing and Jeep has finally started to focus on improving comfort and on-road drivability for its most iconic SUV. According to Jeep's PR team, only 25 - 35% of Jeep Wranglers are actually taken off-road (a lot of missed opportunity if you ask us). For the other 65-75%, today's Wrangler offers a smoother on-road driving experience, crisper steering, and a quieter ride. 

Best Off-Road Features

If you think the improvements to on-road performance have made the Wrangler soft, think again. While the Sport and Sahara trims will suffice for most off-road adventures, the Rubicon really shines when it comes to the extreme rock crawling. The Rubicon's improved approach, departure, and breakover angles and the new Rock-Trac 4WD system to improve traction make it the best choice for the most hardcore terrain. 

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3. Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Toyota 4Runner TRD(image: Toyota)

There aren't many body-on-frame SUVs left on the market today, and the Toyota 4Runner is a solid everyday vehicle that really shines off-road. We would argue the current 4Runner could use an update, but it still stands out in the overcrowded sea of unibody crossovers out there. The 4Runner offers a comfortable ride and loads of cargo space, but it's not all about practicality. Getting the TRD Pro trim will ensure you can get the most out of this vehicle's off-road chops.

Best Off-Road Features

The 4Runner TRD Pro offers standard Multi-terrain Select that allows you to choose from four modes to regulate wheelspin. It adjusts the engine throttle setting and braking pressure to provide you with maximum traction depending on the off-road conditions. Crawl Control and an electronic locking rear differential, plus a 1/4-inch-thick aluminum front skid plate offer extra off-road confidence. 

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4. Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss

Chevy Silverado

After driving the redesigned 2019 Chevy Silverado, we're convinced you can't go wrong with the Trail Boss LT trim for both everyday driving and off-roading. For everyday roads, the Silverado handles beautifully thanks to updates like damping in the suspension and the addition of drive modes such as Touring and Sport for 2019. If you have a trailer that you tow on your adventures, the Chevy Silverado will have your back. You'll be able to tow up to 12,000 lbs in a properly equipped Silverado with the help of new technology like the multi-view camera system and trailer profiles which let you calibrate sensors and electronics to a specific trailer.

Best Off-Road Features

When the hard work is done and it's time to play in the mud, the Trail Boss LT will be your off-road side kick. It sports a 2-inch lift, locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, and 18-inch wheels with off-road tires. We personally took the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss LT through elements like steep grades, large rocks, and some deep water and mud, all of which were no match for the capable truck. 

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5. Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Those that like the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler but are looking for a more conventionally styled SUV should take a look at the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. It is able to tackle challenging off-road terrain and also fit in seamlessly on local roads. For 2019, the Cherokee is ready for everyday driving with a toned down exterior, larger cargo space, improved safety systems and a new engine option in the form of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

Best Off-Road Features

We put the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk's off-road prowess to the test on some serious obstacles including boulders, steep inclines, and ditches. It did not let us down. Hill descent control and crawl control led the capable  SUV over tough terrain with ease. The Cherokee Trailhawk's Gear Selector allows you to adjust your speed without touching the pedals. 

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6. Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford F150 Raptor(image: Ford)

Disclaimer - the bulky Ford F-150 Raptor won't be your go-to truck for driving on city streets or squeezing into tight parking spots. However, if most of your everyday driving is done on highways or country roads and off-roading is a priority, then this beast will deliver. There is plentiful passenger space, especially in the crew cab and a capable 450-hp twin-turbo V-6 which offers an impressive 0-60 of 5 seconds. Despite its capability for everyday driving, this beast really awakens when taken off-road.

Best Off-Road Features

The Ford F-150 Raptor is right at home in any off-road environment with six driving modes to choose from including normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, Baja and Rock Crawl. An all-new feature on the F150 Raptor for 2019 is Ford's Trail Control. This cruise control system for off-roading allows you to focus on steering and navigating the terrain instead of the throttle.

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