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The Cheapest 4x4 Off-Road Rigs to Buy

January 22, 2021

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Alright, you want to get out there on the trails. Or maybe this is your first-ever vehicle and you want the option to take it off-road. Here are our favorite affordable 4x4 vehicles on the market for off-roading! 





Table of Contents

  1. Jeep XJ Cherokee

  2. Ford Ranger

  3. Toyota 4Runner

  4. Suzuki Samurai

  5. Nissan Pathfinder


Jeep Cherokee XJ


The true symbol of affordable off-roading. This body style known as the XJ, ran from 1984 to 2001. The XJ is a great place to start when looking for a “cheap” off-road vehicle. With Jeep capability, aftermarket support, and massive availability the options are endless.


Jeep Cherokee XJ


You can easily find one in a low price range. Be sure to look for the ones running the inline six-cylinder engines to ensure reliability.

Also, be careful when looking to make sure that you get a clean one. There are many old and rusty XJs out there especially if you live somewhere with snow. XJs are available in 2-door and 4-door options. 


Jeep Cherokee XJ


We have seen these cost as low as a couple hundred dollars up to over $5,000. Either way, you are getting a great deal. See more photos here




Jeep Cherokee XJ



Ford Ranger


We are talking about the third generation of Ford Rangers covering from 1998 to 2012. These are plentiful which means you can find one easily, at a low price and you will never have difficulty finding parts. Again, be careful when purchasing to find a clean one with minimal rust.


Ford Range


These small trucks come in 2-door and 4-door options with a short bed. The V6 or four-cylinder engines are generally reliable and easy to work on. In fact, the whole configuration of this truck is easy to work on. It was made very simplistic mechanically.


Ford Ranger


These also have great aftermarket support too. The average price sits around $9,435. See more photos here


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Ford Ranger


Toyota 4Runner


Nowadays, a new 4Runner will cost you a pretty penny. Don’t get me wrong they are fabulous for off-roading, but we are talking about affordable off-roading machines today. The third generation of the 4Runner is what we are going to be talking about for this blog. The third generation, spanning from 1996 to 2002, was when Toyota gave the 4Runner an all-new body style and introduced the 3.4-liter V6.


Toyota 4Runner


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The one main thing to watch out for is a rusted out frame as this is a common issue with Toyotas. These will be a 4-door hard-topped design, it comes with either a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine.

If you plan on really tossing it around off-road, go for the V6. I have seen these run for over 300,000 miles easy. These cost about $4,000-$6,000. See more photos here


Toyota 4Runner


Suzuki Samurai


You may have to keep your eyes peeled for a clean one of these baby’s. Samurais were released from 1986 to 1995. These quirky little vehicles are really cool and super fun. They may not seem like your typical off-roading vehicle but they might just surprise you.

As long as you aren’t too tall, and you are okay with not getting anywhere quickly, then a Samurai will be great. These will be best for those of you in a warm climate. 


Suzuki Samurai


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Samurais are severely underpowered coming in at around only 63 horsepower, I hope you aren’t in a hurry. But, you will get great gas mileage, and you will find that the aftermarket support is great.  

Many people do engine swaps to get rid of the 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. Be wary of large tires on these because truth be told, it will slow them down even more. These loveable little machines come in around $5,000-$10,000. See more photos here. 


Suzuki Samurai



Nissan Pathfinder


Specifically the 2nd generation of the Nissan Pathfinder (1996-2004), you can find very affordably. The 2001-2004 models have a 3.5-liter V6 getting you about 250 horsepower.

These are a great alternative to a Toyota 4Runner, though not as reliable. The aftermarket support for these is not as great. They sure are abundant though and much easier to find.


Nissan Pathfinder


These will be a great option for those of us looking for an affordable off-road vehicle to throw around on the trails. These will range anywhere from around $500 to about $3,500 depending on mileage and how well taken care of they were. See more photos here


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Those were our favorite 4x4 vehicles for off-roading. Like always remember that at TrailBuilt we offer free shipping, mounting, and balancing on all wheel and tire packages.

We also offer as low as 0% APR financing. What is your favorite 4x4 vehicle? Let us know in the comments below! Shop wheels, tire suspension, accessories, and more with the "online store" button below! 




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