While sports cars and luxury cars often get all the love, there’s a category of vehicles that often goes unnoticed: the adventure vehicle. While they may not always offer the amenities of your Bentley, and while they might not have the top speed of your Porsche 911, they provide a different kind of enrichment, enabling you to explore parts of the world you otherwise wouldn’t. They make the thrill of adventure that much better. So, without further ado, let’s honor the greatest adventure vehicles ever made.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
We need to start somewhere, and there’s really no better place to start than with the 4×4 that has been through more battles (literally and figuratively) than anything on the road. The Rubicon edition of the Wrangler is one of the few production vehicles that you can drive off the lot and immediately into off-road peril without missing a beat. The simple, robust design offers reliability, and there’s a hugely passionate aftermarket crowd that can help you make any modification that your heart desires.
eleMMent by Marchi
Moving from one of the more simple vehicles on the list to one of the more sophisticated, the eleMMent by Marchi is nothing less than a yacht with wheels. It’s two stories tall and has a “Sky Lounge” on the roof. Observe:
Next time you’re looking to go camping, just ask yourself, “Do I want to sleep on the ground in a tent, or would I rather have flat screen TVs, an icemaker, and a wine bar?”
If you like luxury, that’s a pretty easy choice.
Riding in this Batmobile-esque buggy is about as good as life gets. The Scorpion MK1 has the flexible design and beefy tires to truck over and through anything that crosses its path, and it has the added bonus of a smooth ride. While most off-road vehicles can get a bit rough (not necessarily a bad thing), this vehicle stays as smooth as can be.
No adventure vehicle list is complete without the Range Rover. This 4×4 sets the gold standard for refined adventuring, from its introduction in the ’70s all the way up to today. One of the most impressive things about the Range Rover is how well it balances rugged off-road capability with luxury. Most vehicles are either one or the other. For example, the Jeep Wrangler is a monster off-road, but it’s no frills; it puts you right in the thick of things. The eleMMent by Marchi shelters you from the elements, but it’s not going to tear up the side of a mountain anytime soon. The Range Rover has always mastered the art of providing both, and that’s what makes it truly special.
Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
While nowadays Toyota is known more for their practical sedans and hybrid technology, there was a time (1974 – 1983) when they had one of the very best 4x4s on the road. Meet the FJ40 Land Cruiser. Similar to the Jeep Wrangler, this vehicle is ready to go right from the factory, and these 4x4s are renowned for lasting forever. Plus, there’s just something about this classic look that screams “safari.” If you’re planning to go on an adventure, there really isn’t a better choice than a ’70s FJ40 Land Cruiser.
Remember, adventure is right around the corner if you’re willing to look for it. As fun as it is to push a sports car through a curve or cruise in your luxury sedan, there’s something to be said for the adventure vehicles. They help us see the world and teach us that there’s more to life than just going fast.