6 Best Jeeps for Off-Roading in 2020


Jeep is a name that has been around for many years, providing good customer service and the best vehicles to its customers. They are known for creating some of the best and most memorable vehicles on the market, including many that do well with off-roading and all the adventures that you would like to have.

The best off-roading Jeeps have a few features in common including tires with aggressive tread, a suspension that increases height and articulation, a robust drivetrain to get up and down any hill you choose, and more aftermarket customization options than any other vehicle on the market.

While many other vehicles may try to compete for giving you the best off-roading experience, none can compare to Jeep and everything this company has to offer. In this article, we will look at some of the best choices you can make when picking a great Jeep vehicle for your next off-roading adventure.

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep WranglerOpens in a new tab. is one of the first vehicles that people will think about when it is time to get out on the road and enjoy somewhere that other vehicles may struggle to get to.

While the Wrangler has changed quite a bit from its World War II origins, it is still the real deal when it is time to do some fun off-roading. It is one of the last SUVs available that includes the traditional four-wheel-drive system, including a crawl ratio that helps you maintain traction when going over loose surfaces.

There are also some Rubicon models available that offer additional features of full locking differentials to help improve your traction even more. Add in some 33-inch BF Goodrich KM tiresOpens in a new tab. that can handle everything you throw at it. Between all these features and the good tires, you know the Wrangler will keep going even when others get stopped.

Each of the Wrangler models will sport a good amount of clearance, including 10.9 inches, and a few different angles, including breakover, departure, and approach so you can easily climb over obstacles without any damage.

The skid plates will offer a bit more protection to some of the important mechanical components so you can take this vehicle anywhere you want.

Whether you choose the traditional Jeep Wrangler or go for a special edition to get more power and good looks, the Jeep Wrangler in all its forms is a great off-road vehicle. 

Jeep Wrangler Willys Limited Edition

If you are looking for something that will stand out, and something that very few others will have because it is a limited edition, then the 2020 Jeep Wrangler WillysOpens in a new tab. is the best option. This vehicle is inspired by the original Willys Overland built in 1948 and has long been considered the father of all recreational vehicles.

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys has been able to combine some heavy-duty Trial Rated component upgrades while keeping some of the classic styling consumers have come to expect with this vehicle. 

Everything about this limited-edition vehicle screams rough terrain and having fun, and you will be ready to go as soon as you drive it off the lot. This car is meant to turn heads while helping you go on any adventure you choose.

This vehicle will hit the trail with 17-inch five-spoke wheels that are riding on 32-inch Firestone Mud-Terrain Tires. The wheels also have a gray pad print of the original Willys to add something unique to the design.

You can also experience off-roading on a whole new level through the high-performance and responsive shock absorbers designed to help you increase your control while riding on any terrain.

If you are looking for a vehicle designed to go off the road while giving you a smooth and enjoyable ride, and you want something that stands out in the crowd, something that is original, and something that won’t be around forever, then the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys is the best choice for you.

Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep GladiatorOpens in a new tab. is one of the first Jeep pickup trucks since the XJ Comanche that was discontinued in 1992. This one is a bit different because it is based on the Jeep Wrangler that we talked about before, providing us with the benefits of a truck while also working with a great off-road experience you have come to love with Jeep Wrangler.

This truck can also help you tow anything you would like in any condition. It comes with the best in class towing capacity at 7650 pounds, with the payload capacity being 1660 pounds. Although it is based on the Wrangler, the Gladiator has a unique frame that is 31 inches longer than the Wrangler. The coil rear suspension that helps is moving with ease.

There are several types of engines available with this truck, but all of them will be paired with a four-wheel-drive system to help you get from point A to point B, no matter where that may be. It is heavy-duty, strong, and can go through any kind of terrain you would like to use.

As soon as you look at this model, you are sure to fall in love. It combines the classic look that we have come to expect with other models of the Jeep, including the 7 slot grill while adding in a little something special with a spacious back cab like a truck.

This provides you with the toughness that you need with plenty of room to pack up and go when you are ready.

2020 Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand CherokeeOpens in a new tab. has been a fan favorite for a long time, and the newest version will provide you with all the classic comfort and ease of driving that you have come to expect in this model.

While the exterior may look a little bit different than it did in the past, the Grand Cherokee can still work well for off-roading, and any other type of driving you would like to use.

While the Grand Cherokee sure has fans, this newer model is not likely to stray far from the generations behind it. The Premium SUV will remain a spacious and refined performer on and off the road, with all of the technology that you would like. Additional features have been added that help it get up and down even over the worst terrain you can find.

There is a lot to love about the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The diesel option has been taken out, but the base 3.6L V6 still provides 395 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque behind it as well. The V8 version also comes with an all-wheel-drive making it easier to have the power you need to drive wherever you would.

If you plan to do a lot of off-road driving, make sure that you get the V8 Grand Cherokee to make it happen.

The 2020 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

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We will combine these two models here because they are different varieties of the same vehicle. The WagoneerOpens in a new tab. and the Grand WagoneerOpens in a new tab. are some of the most iconic nameplates out there. They have a cult following despite multiple different companies producing them over the past 30 years.

This model is brought back from the 1990s, and like all the features you are looking for in an off-road car. They come with a full-sized body and a frame similar to the SUVs, while still competing with a few higher-end options like the Lincoln Navigator or the Cadillac Escalade.

The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have a body that is built to last no matter what kind of road conditions you are going to be along. The wheels are sturdy and big enough to go up and down any terrain that you choose the use.

The box-like exterior can handle a beating, even if you wish to go fast and wild off the road and take your own path. The axles are designed to handle several different degrees and anglers to help you get the most out of any driving experience you would like.

The Wagoner and Grand Wagoner are slightly different versions of the same model, providing you with some choices when you are ready to hit the road. Take a look at both and see which one will give you the right comfort, features, and durability to help while out on the rough roads, or driving to work.

Jeep Renegade

The Jeep RenegadeOpens in a new tab. has been one of the best-selling vehicles for Jeep since it debuted. And it doesn’t take long to see why.

This one may not be as rugged and ready to hit the rough roads as some of the others, but it still does well on most terrains and provides style and comfort to the game. Once you have gotten behind the wheel, you will notice the versatility and rugged styling that helps Jeep stand out.

There is a lot to love when it comes to this Jeep option. It has a type of athleticism, along with all the great features that help it go from smooth pavement to rocky road in no time. On any terrain, you will notice the smooth ride that can get you all around town and back without missing a beat.

It also has enough youthfulness in it to make it much easier to drive while having fun. There are two different engine options that you can use. The standard engine can produce 150 horsepower. If that is not enough, the Tigershark engine can power that up to 180 horsepower to give you everything you need in this vehicle.

Not only does this Jeep do well on all terrains and for everything you would like to get done, it brings to the table a lot of additional features that have made it a big hit with those who want something sporty while also taking it out on the road.

Heated front seats, lane-keep assist, a great audio system, and more make this an off-road option that you need to consider.

What Should I Have in My Off-Road Jeep?

While we just took some time to look at some of the best models that Jeep has to offer, it is important to know what features you should look for, no matter what kind of off-road vehicle you want to purchase. There are many options out there, but not all of them are the same.

Some of the things you should look for in your off-road vehicle includes:

Large Tires

The large tires make it easier for the vehicle to get up and down any rough terrain that you choose. It is best if the tires also have deep and open treads for better traction. There are many great options for big tires with the right treads and Jeep ensures their vehicles have this covered. 

Flexible Suspension

There are many vehicles you can take on the road, but not all of them do well off-road. Without a good suspension in place, your vehicle will bounce around and even get stuck. Look for a vehicle that has a flexible suspension to handle any terrain you would like.

Robust Drivetrain

If you plan to go on tough terrain regularly, the drivetrain is very important. You need enough power to go up and down rocks, hills, and everything else that the open trail throws at you. A good off-road vehicle has this covered.

Enough Cargo Space

This one may not be a big requirement, but it is helpful. Many people who decide to go off-road decide to make a trip out of it, heading to a camping spot, hiking, or even to their favorite spot on the lake. Having enough cargo space to handle all of this and hold everything you want to bring along is a bonus.

Each Jeep model provides a different level of cargo space so you can choose what works best for you. Whether you are going out on your own or plan to bring the whole family, Jeep has you covered.

Fuel-Efficient

It is important to find a good balance between sturdiness and fuel efficiency. No one wants to take a gas guzzler on the road and have to pay that big bill at the end of the week. Many of the newer off-road vehicles are designed with fuel efficiency in mind, making the vehicle as light and agile as possible while ensuring you can withstand any kind of terrain.

High Performing Brakes

While we may not focus on the breaks enough, make sure that any off-road vehicle you choose is equipped with good brakes. Slips may happen on wet and uneven surfaces. A good brake that is well-maintained can help prevent a big slip that may cause an accident. You never know what the open road may bring, so being prepared and having brakes that work is a must.

Preventative Roll-over Systems

This is not necessary if you plan to spend most of your time in town. But sometimes the terrain can take a turn for the worse when you go out. Having these systems will help you to be prepared if the terrain starts to tip you over a bit. This helps you even out and stay as steady as possible over any terrain you find.

Conclusion

There are many great options you can choose for working with the Jeep family, even when you plan to use the vehicle for off-roading. Jeep has many options that provide you with comfort and durability when you decide to take your drive off the road, from spacious SUVs to comfortable trucks.

Jeremy Hoxie

Born and raised in beautiful Northern Michigan, I've have spent two decades enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. When not working on RigForge, I spend my time Overlanding and tackling off-road trails while sharing my experiences and testing gear along the way. My current rig is a 2013 Jeep JKU Moab.

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