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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by Brucedg » Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:54 am

I'd say Land Rover Range Rover!
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by nickm » Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:44 am

I have a 2010 Chevy Suburban 2500. The 2500 has engine/transmission coolers, rear locking diff, load range e tires, better clearance than the 1500. I have towed for thousands of miles with it. Driven some crazy 4wd roads with no problem! If you come head to head with a speeding OHV no worry about who is going to win! lol Took the rear seats out almost immediately, so it hauls 5. I flip the middle bench up and put an air mattress in the back, very comfortable at trailheads. Obviously you would have heat, there is a 12v plug at the rear, plenty of storage. The disadvantage is that it has a long wheel base, once you learn to drive its not a problem. The 2500 suspension in a little tight so it can be a bit jarring at times but it will get you there. Known to be a dependable high milage vehicle.
Dislike the new body style.
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:32 pm

Ram 1500 is best!
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by CaptCO » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:06 pm

The new wilderness edition outback is actually kinda mean looking! (Not a Subaru owner or fan either)

https://www.thedrive.com/news/39982/202 ... ough-wagon

“ Sitting nearly an entire inch higher than the regular Outback, the Wilderness boasts 9.5 inches of ground clearance and features upgraded shocks with longer suspension travel that's been tuned to excel on loose surfaces. New 17-inch matte black wheels are wrapped up in Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires. X-Mode consists of Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud driving modes as well as a new roll-angle indicator.”

“ Under the hood sits a 2.4-liter, turbocharged boxer engine making 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It's hooked up to a CVT with an increased final drive ratio for more low-end wheel torque. This being a Subaru, symmetrical all-wheel drive is on board as is the company's EyeSight ADAS. Towing capacity comes in at 3,500 pounds while the ladder-type roof rack can support up to 700 pounds.”

For you owners that have the turbo, what kind of MPG are you getting?
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I think there are two ways of looking at the vehicle: which one has the best specs (e.g., more torque or HP, crawl ratio etc), and which one has higher quality components and engineering and more dependability? In other words, which one can I drive 200k miles without any unscheduled maintenance?

The F150 can tow twice as much as Tacoma - does that make F150 a better truck?

I am definitely not the type who can rebuild engines or gut the whole car and make mechanical modifications, so maybe that's why quality and dependability are more important for me.
no because the F-150 overheats when towing uphill for extended periods of time. the tacoma does not.
Not in my experience
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by Agstrohmeier » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:23 pm

Anyone looking at the rivian vehicles? Been holding out on replacing my 4runner until I can go electric... This is looking like the first contender. They're installing chargers in all co state parks which is pretty cool. Not sure I can stomach the price, but if you take off incentives and believe the gas/maintenance savings estimates it's competitive with new trucks (although still doesn't help the monthly payment).
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by CaptCO » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:27 pm

Agstrohmeier wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:23 pm
Anyone looking at the rivian vehicles? Been holding out on replacing my 4runner until I can go electric... This is looking like the first contender. They're installing chargers in all co state parks which is pretty cool. Not sure I can stomach the price, but if you take off incentives and believe the gas/maintenance savings estimates it's competitive with new trucks (although still doesn't help the monthly payment).
I’m curious as to the battery life, replacement of a quad battery system, and regular maintenance issues i.e tire rotations etc. I know my old store manager was too lazy to order lift pucks for Tesla’s, so he would turn down all customers, pretty lame. He was also not mechanically inclined whatsoever haha, they look very nice though.
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by Agstrohmeier » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:30 pm

CaptCO wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:27 pm
Agstrohmeier wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:23 pm
Anyone looking at the rivian vehicles? Been holding out on replacing my 4runner until I can go electric... This is looking like the first contender. They're installing chargers in all co state parks which is pretty cool. Not sure I can stomach the price, but if you take off incentives and believe the gas/maintenance savings estimates it's competitive with new trucks (although still doesn't help the monthly payment).
I’m curious as to the battery life, replacement of a quad battery system, and regular maintenance issues i.e tire rotations etc. I know my old store manager was too lazy to order lift pucks for Tesla’s, so he would turn down all customers, pretty lame. He was also not mechanically inclined whatsoever haha
Yeah, still waiting on final EPA estimates but their current claim is 300 and 400 mile models. we are thinking the 400 only because if you factor in uphill, cold weather... might lose a lot more than expected. Where to get them serviced is one of my biggest outstanding concerns... They just released the warranty info which looks pretty good assuming you can get it performed somewhere.
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by Jay521 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:32 pm

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Toyota fj cruiser... Can pretty much get you to any trailheads in CO
Yeah - I have to agree. My '07 FJ has 230K miles on it now and the only maintenance I've done has been the standard stuff - tires, brakes and a battery. No unscheduled maintenance of any kind and has gotten me to every TH I've wanted to get to. I can't imagine a better vehicle for getting to what I want to get to. The only thing I really hate about it is that Toyota stopped making them.
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by susanjoypaul » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:38 pm

Still holding out for the new Bronco. My dealership's only getting 200 this year, and even with a second-day reservation (I made the reservation within 15 minutes of the system opening but my original dealership held onto it for 24 hours before putting it into the system), I may not make it into that allocation. It's a good thing I'm patient.
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by Been_Jammin » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:51 pm

Jay521 wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:32 pm
JephgonnaSteph wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Toyota fj cruiser... Can pretty much get you to any trailheads in CO
Yeah - I have to agree. My '07 FJ has 230K miles on it now and the only maintenance I've done has been the standard stuff - tires, brakes and a battery. No unscheduled maintenance of any kind and has gotten me to every TH I've wanted to get to. I can't imagine a better vehicle for getting to what I want to get to. The only thing I really hate about it is that Toyota stopped making them.
Saw an article recently where Toyota called dibs on the model name "TrailHunter." Industry speculators think they might be coming out with a new FJ type rig to compete against Wrangler and Bronco. Could be cool!


https://carbuzz.com/news/new-toyota-tra ... p-wrangler
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Re: Best vehicle for 4wd trailheads

Post by Jay521 » Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:17 pm

Been_Jammin wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:51 pm
Saw an article recently where Toyota called dibs on the model name "TrailHunter." Industry speculators think they might be coming out with a new FJ type rig to compete against Wrangler and Bronco. Could be cool!


https://carbuzz.com/news/new-toyota-tra ... p-wrangler
Wow - I do so hope that speculation is correct... Thanks for this!
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