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5 Cheap Overland Vehicles for Sale on Autotrader

Looking to get off the beaten path? A capable, reliable off-road vehicle could be just the ticket. While it’s not uncommon to see overland vehicles worth over $100,000, it’s possible to find a capable rig for far, far less. Here are 5 cheap overland vehicles for sale on Autotrader.

1. 2012 Ford F-250 XLT – $13,500

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This 2012 Ford F250 comes with a flatbed and v8 engine.

Overlanders tend to target sport utility vehicles, but the best overland vehicles are often full-size and heavy-duty pickups. Take this 2012 Ford F-250, for example. It packs a strong 6.2-liter V8 engine making 385 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. It offers a payload capacity of well over 3,000lbs – twice that of most SUVs. This makes it capable of accepting modifications that would put other vehicles over their weight limit. On top of that, this one comes with a flatbed already in place, making it a great candidate for a camper conversion. Find it in Minnesota with 86,036 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $13,500. See 2012 Ford F-250 models for sale

2. 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – $13,995

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This 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited comes with a hardtop and just under 130,000 miles on the odometer.

Any regular two-door Wrangler is a little small for overlanding. At the same time, the 4-door Unlimited model offered during the JL and JK generations sacrifices some of the maneuverability that makes the Wrangler appealing. Enter the TJ Unlimited. Offered for just the 2004.5 through 2006 model years, the “LJ,” as it’s known, is 15 inches longer than the regular TJ, offering 2 inches of additional legroom and 13 inches of extra cargo room. The one we’ve highlighted here comes with a hardtop, which is much better for long-distance travel than the fabric alternative. It comes with 130,447 miles on the odometer. See 2005 Jeep Wrangler Models for sale

3. 2006 Land Rover LR3 – $11,999

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This 2006 Land Rover LR3 HSE will cost you less than a Toyota Land Cruiser and only has 65,000 miles on the odometer.

While the brand doesn’t offer the same reliability as Toyota, Land Rovers sometimes get a bad rap. Certain models – like the P38-generation Range Rover – can be nightmares, while others – like the LR3 – can actually be pretty reliable. Offered from 2004-2009, the LR3 was essentially the third-generation Discovery. It offers a boxy, upright greenhouse with overhead ‘safari’ windows, just like the Discoveries that preceded it. Engine options were a 4.0-liter Ford V6 or a 4.4-liter Jaguar V8. This particular LR3 is a 2006 model with the 4.4-liter V8. It has just over 65,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $11,999. That’s the other thing – you’ll pay way less for a Discovery than you will a Toyota Land Cruiser. See 2006 Land Rover LR3 models for sale

4. 2004 Lexus GX 470 – $14,890

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This 2004 Lexus GX 470 is equipped with a removable third row of seating to maximize cargo space.

The Lexus GX is built on the same platform as the Toyota 4Runner. The first-gen GX, dubbed the GX 470, came with Toyota’s stout 4.7-liter V8 engine, the same engine offered in the Land Cruiser. Lexus offered the GX 470 for the 2003 through 2009 model years. A body-on-frame truck-like sport utility, the GX uses a solid rear axle and full-time 4-wheel-drive with traditional low-range gearing, which gives it excellent off-road capability. It offers three rows of seats, but the third row is easily removable, maximizing cargo volume. The GX we’ve highlighted here is a 2004 model located in Elgin, IL. It comes with 102,435 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $14,890. See 2004 Lexus GX models for sale

5. 2010 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X – $12,990

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The 2010 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X model comes with a locking rear differential and off-road shock absorbers.

While midsize trucks don’t offer anything near the capability of their full-size counterparts, their small size means that they’re at least more maneuverable in tight spaces. If you insist on going small, the Nissan Frontier is a great value-packed alternative to the ubiquitous Toyota Tacoma. The Frontier also went over 15 years without seeing a significant update, meaning that you can pick up a decade-old model, like the one featured here, that looks just like a newer model. A Pro-4X model, it comes with a locking rear differential and off-road shock absorbers. It’s the one you want for going off-road. It’s also reasonably priced at $13,000 with 151,887 miles on the odometer. See 2010 Nissan Frontier models for sale


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Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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