Are you dreaming of a brand new truck that you can drive from the dealership to the trail without any modifications? Several automakers offer factory-built off-roaders. Kelly Blue Book ranked the best off-road trucks for 2021. Luckily, the top three full-size 4×4 pickups survived into 2022:
2021-2022 Ram 1500 TRX
Ram designed its top-trim 1500 pickup truck–the TRX–for blasting across the desert. With a supercharged Hellcat V8, the TRX is the fastest internal-combustion-powered pickup–ever.
“The supercharged 6.2-liter 702-horsepower engine in the Ram 1500 TRX is a beast, far surpassing the Ford Raptor’s 450.”Allyson Harwood for KBB
Ram threw a bunch of off-road kit at the TRX. It’s got a heavy-duty Dana 60 axle with an electronic locking differential. Its 32-inch tires ride on long-travel suspension (13-inches up front, 14-inches in back). Ram even built this truck with full time 4WD.
But with no locking differential for the front axle, the 2021-2022 Ram TRX is ill-suited to low-speed rock-crawling. Though this machine is well-built for its singular purpose, it didn’t top KBB‘s off roading trucks list.
Learn how the TRX is almost quicker than the Dodge Charger Hellcat.
2021-2022 Ford F-150 Raptor
The Ram TRX is playing catch-up because the Ford F-150 Raptor has been the name in high-speed off-roading for over a decade. 2021 marked this specialty 4×4’s third generation and Ford gave it some major upgrades.
The new Ford F-150 Raptor is available on 37-inch tires. To fit all the rubber, it boasts 14-inches of suspension travel up front and 15-inches in the rear. This off road truck rides on Fox racing shock absorbers.
The Raptor currently offers a twin-turbocharged V6 that makes a respectable 450 horsepower. Its locking rear differential and (optional) limited-slip front differential help get this power to the ground. A rumored Ford Raptor “R” will even soon feature a supercharged V8.
See the Ford Raptor in a drag race.
2021-2022 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
The original Dodge Power Wagon was the first factory-built 4×4 truck. The legendary off-roader was built with technology developed for World War Two. Ram brought the name back as an option package for the Ram 2500 in 2005.
The Ram 2500 Power Wagon offers capabilities, direct from the factory, that no other off road truck can match. Every Power Wagon comes with the powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8, but its not designed for high-speed desert racing. Instead, Ram engineered the Power Wagon to be able to conquer any obstacle at its own pace.
“The Power Wagon, based on the Ram 2500, is the off-road specialist of the range. It deploys an ingenious suspension with a disconnecting anti-roll bar, 360-degree camera system, and a Warn winch with a synthetic line.”Colin Ryan for KBB
The Ram Power Wagon features both front and rear electric locking differentials. In addition, this is the only truck available with a winch. Because this Ram 2500 is a three-quarter-ton truck, it was able to skirt the crash test limitations that keep automakers from offering smaller trucks with a factory-installed winch.
Find out how the Ram Power Wagon got its name.