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How Racing Leads to Better Off-Road SUVs

While racing trucks and SUVs look very different from what’s in the showroom, racers use quite a few production parts. Honda’s Unlimited Ridgeline, for example, uses the same engine block, cylinder heads, and crankshaft as the production truck. Ford’s Bronco R is based on the production SUV, and customers will even be able to bolt …
2019 Lada Niva 4x4 3-door

The Lada Niva: Russia’s Forgotten Off-Road SUV

There are quite a few rugged off-road SUVs that never made it to the US. Like the Nissan Patrol, for example, or the Mitsubishi Pajero and Jeep. Nowadays, with the 25-year import rule, it’s possible for Americans to discover what they’ve been missing out on. But there’s one SUV that usually gets forgotten, even by …
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Importable Off-Road SUVs for Under $20,000

There are a few impressive off-road SUVs that never made it to the US. Various regulations also make it difficult and expensive for Americans to import them from abroad. However, once a vehicle’s 25 years old, you can freely import it. At that point, though, many vehicles have become valuable classics. But it’s still possible …
2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty Mac Truck

The Pros and Cons of Bigger Truck Wheels

One of the most important things to improve before taking your truck off-roading is ground clearance. This keeps your truck’s underbody—and all its mechanical components—from hitting big rocks and other obstacles. In addition, as factory off-roaders like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 demonstrate, adding ground clearance improves approach and departure angles, letting the truck crawl over …
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel driving on dirt road

What’s the Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive?

Is there any difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive? The Engineering Explained video below compared the two drive options to each other and identified a few similarities, as well as several major differences. Let’s talk about what those differences are. AWD and 4WD Similarities The BMW M5 used in the video opts against the …