Truck Thursday Hooniverse Asks: What's your favorite factory off-road pickup?

Ford is currently the off-road truck king with its F-150 Raptor. Toyota has an entire family of TRD Pro trucks (and an SUV) at the ready, and for 2019 they get fancy new Fox shocks. Chevy has its Colorado ZR2 and Ram lets loose with a Rebel yell. I’m incredibly curious to sample a new Ranger Raptor, and the Jeep Wrangler truck will undoubtedly be quite awesome.
Of all the options out there in this space, which one is your favorite? I love the Raptor… it’s a truck I absolutely do not need, yet I would be very happy to have one waiting in my driveway.
Which one would you call your own if you had the funds and were shopping for such a beast?

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28 responses to “Truck Thursday Hooniverse Asks: What's your favorite factory off-road pickup?”

  1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Raptor wins, hands down, but I’m also a sucker for the faux-runner “Baja” package available on the first-gen S10.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      For a second I was thinking “was there anything that truck couldn’t do”, but then realised I was actually thinking of the Dodge Dakota with its Shelby and convertible versions – the photo looks pretty similar

    2. salguod Avatar

      The second generation ZR2 was pretty cool as well and actually had some capability.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Oh hell yes

  2. danleym Avatar

    Slight tangent. Saw a Wrangler Pickup in factory camo on the road near the base of Pike’s Peak the other day. It was heading the opposite direction, so it was just a brief glance, but I got excited because we don’t get factory testers out here all that much, as least that I notice.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Actually you do, haha… lots of altitude and tow testing in Colorado.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Jeans suit earns a respect upvote either way.

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    Assuming you mean current, showroom-available trucks, then this is a rhetorical question, right?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      No I’m down with anything

  4. Scubie Avatar

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the Raptor. But consider how you ‘off-road’ in different parts of the world. Me, I’d have one of these… Very capable out of the box, and heaps of after market dress up options so mine wouldn’t look just like my neighbours.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Agreed, these things have an anvil-tough feel to them which is real. Assuming the theoretical funds cover a Raptor in Australia, you could even put a set of portal axles on one for the ultimate setup!

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      That silver truck is awesome! I had no idea that a modern Land Cruiser pickup even existed.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        A modern one doesn’t exist, but they are still building them anyway! (Which is why people still buy them)

  5. I_Borgward Avatar

    If I can’t get there in an Ox, I probably should just walk.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      Ikea should sell these, they come flatpack.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      Slightly up-size it, and you get the Oka (from Australia):

  6. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola In 1979, I was driving a red company Toyota 4×4 pickup just like the pictured one, except ours had a matching red and white aluminum topper. Quite attractive for a work truck. It was one of the very early imports (the 4×4 was a new model for ’79), and I got a lot of attention and questions when I was driving it. I was able to take it seriously off-road around Florida, as well as going on some long trips. A very capable and tough truck – the one big downside was a stiff ride that would bounce you around in tough going.

    1. Alff Avatar

      My choice, too, if I could locate a good one.

    2. Fuhrman16 Avatar

      Yeah, the absolutely rotten ride, coupled with the knee in your back seats, was the big reason I got rid of my ’86 4runner years ago. It was a rather good little truck otherwise.

  7. crank_case Avatar

    Bending the rules a lot, but it’s probably no sillier than a Ford 350 or any of those other super duty trucks.

  8. ptschett Avatar

    I like the Rebel but you can’t get it with the 40/20/40 front seat or with the transfer case that has a 4WD auto mode. (At least they fixed the crew cab-only thing for the new model.)
    Or a person can get a Power Wagon if they need the 3/4-ton capacity underpinned with link-coil live axles front and rear.