Overland travel has gained popularity and grew during the global pandemic. Many were looking for new hobbies that were outdoors, or off-road, and away from large groups of people. Since the United States has many national parks, it’s an excellent place to travel.
According to MotorTrend, “Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road-capable transport where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time and spanning international boundaries.”
What is an overland vehicle?
Now that we’ve covered overlanding, an overland vehicle is one that’s able to handle all types of terrain. It provides the driver with all the essentials, for instance, a place to sleep or a place they can prepare food. Here are the 10 best overland vehicles according to U.S. News.
10. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The suspension system on the Colorado ZR2 is ideal for overlanding. Plus, it comes equipped with all the essentials, including Hill Descent Control, four-wheel drive, along with front and rear locking differentials.
9. The Ford Transit
The Ford Transit lineup recently received a refresh. Some updates include available all-wheel drive and a power-sliding door for added convenience. Ford’s standard safety systems, Co-Pilot 360, feature everything from automatic high beams to pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking.
8. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
You may be wondering what the Rubicon trim level means. All Jeep Wrangler Rubicon models all come equipped with front and rear locking differentials, off-road shocks, 33-inch tires, and an electronic sway bar disconnect.
7. The Land Rover Defender 110 SE
You know a Land Rover model had to make it on this list! It has a ground clearance of 8.9-inches with the coil suspension – but it’s adjustable to 11.5-inches with the air suspension. You can also choose between available snorkel, roof rack, and adventure boxes upon purchase.
6. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
The Sprinter received a recent upgrade, just like the Ford Transit. The Sprinter platform that’s usually used for overland travel is a 2500 4×4 diesel high roof passenger van. Remember that these may be a little hard to find due to dealer accessibility.
5. The Ram Power Wagon
The Ram Power Wagon can handle just about any off-road situation. Plus, it can tow a camping trailer or small boat if needed. However, this specific truck is only available with 4×4 in a Crew Cab with a 6-foot-4-inch bed.
4. The Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma trucks will never go out of style. They feature a 9.4-inch ground clearance, and you can also customize your ride to your liking. For example, you can add on a bed shell with an attached rooftop tent.
3. The Toyota 4Runner
Those looking for an alternative to the Tacoma will often turn to the Toyota 4Runner. There’s plenty of cargo space for all the gear you need to bring along for the ride. Hopefully, there’s a redesign planned soon.
2. The EarthCruiser EXP Dual-Cab
Next on the U.S. News list is the EXP Dual-Cab. This overland vehicle can fit inside a standard shipping container and seat up to six in the cab. EarthCruisers come equipped with separate power systems from the truck battery and engine. You’ll also have access to onboard water and power.
1. The EarthRoamer LTi
The EarthRoamer LTi is based on a Ford F-550 cab and chassis, so you know it’s ready for any adventure. Its ground clearance is 12.5-inches, and the standard tire is a 41-inch Continental MPT-81. All models include a wet bath with a toilet, shower, and sink.