What Rig? The Softroader Revolution

What Rig? The Softroader Revolution

by Stephan Edwards

Can a crossover or a wagon really be a legit overland rig? They tick a lot of the right boxes: car-like comfort, all-wheel drive traction, and plenty of room for the family. What they lack in hard-core off-road capability, they make up for in other ways. Is the softroader the future of overlanding?

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David Harden
David Harden

March 01, 2022

Remember when Land Rover made robust, overland adventure vehicles? Those days are gone and most SUVs have become wimpy car-based alternatives to their truck-based predecessors. While that is not a problem for most overland touring, have a high-clearance 4WD with a low-range transfer case is essential for many of the most exciting and remote off-road trails.

Jason Siver
Jason Siver

March 01, 2022

Now, I don’t think it’s “the future” but I do believe it is a segment that will grow.

99% of us will never use the full capability of a body on frame dedicated off road vehicle. We use it for day to day driving and the occasional weekend experience.

Some of the soft roading rigs are very capable little vehicles that would take you to 99% of the places you’d want to go.

I may be a little biased as I drive a lifted outback. I can attest that they can take more than you’d expect. They’ll never be a Jeep or 4Runner but they’re still great overland rigs.

🤙🏻

Jason Siver
Jason Siver

March 01, 2022

Now, I don’t think it’s “the future” but I do believe it is a segment that will grow.

99% of us will never use the full capability of a body on frame dedicated off road vehicle. We use it for day to day driving and the occasional weekend experience.

Some of the soft roading rigs are very capable little vehicles that would take you to 99% of the places you’d want to go.

I may be a little biased as I drive a lifted outback. I can attest that they can take more than you’d expect. They’ll never be a Jeep or 4Runner but they’re still great overland rigs.

🤙🏻

Thomas Olsen
Thomas Olsen

March 01, 2022

Sweet

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