Even the toughest four-wheelers have off days
We expect a lot from our off-road trucks, which is why they’re built to be tougher than the rest. But as we’ve learned on our adventures on the Mojave Trail and the Trans-Labrador Highway, you still have to be prepared for things to go wrong. Our colleagues at Four Wheeler recently recorded these six off-roading fails. Watch the video to see these trucks get stuck in the mud.
6) 1981 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8
This relatively rare pickup, built for four years in the early ‘80s, is born for uneven terrain like this. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make it very far across these large rocks.
5) 2016 Ram 2500
This previous-gen Ram 2500 certainly looks the part of a serious off-roader. But it suffered the same fate as the Jeep, and 16,500 pounds (7,484 kg) of winch pulling power was barely enough to rescue it.
4) 1951 Jeep Willys Wagon
This wagon looks like a much tougher vehicle than the original low-riding Willys station wagon. Just when you think this underdog is going to conquer the rocks, it gets stuck like the rest of the trucks.
3) 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler
The new-generation Wrangler won our 2019 SUV of the Year award for a reason. Not only does it ride comfortably on the road, but it is probably also the most off-road-capable SUV on the market today. So it’s a huge bummer that this modded JL Wrangler isn’t up to the task here.
2) 1996 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee
The first-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was lauded for its nicely tuned suspension and powerful engine. It may not be the first vehicle that comes to mind when you think of difficult off-roading. And even this modded model was no match for the rocks.
1) 1997 Jeep TJ Wrangler
Once again, a Wrangler disappoints. This second-generation Wrangler TJ really flounders here, but at least it’s in good company.
6 Off-Roading Fails
1981 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8
1951 Jeep Willys Wagon
2018 Jeep JL Wrangler
1996 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee
1997 Jeep TJ Wrangler