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5 Great Starter Off-Roaders for Less Than $10,000

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Are you looking to get into the off-roading hobby, but don't feel comfortable risking it with a newer and nicer vehicle? You may also not want to dive in too deep with a hobby and be stuck with a daily driver that isn't necessarily great for daily driving if it doesn't pan out. Never fear though, because these are five off-roaders for less than $10,000 that you can use to dip into the world of off-road driving without too much commitment.

1994 Toyota Land Cruiser

1994 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a legendary off-roader the world over, with a well-deserved reputation for reliability and dependability.  If you're willing to go for something a little rougher around the edges, there are plenty of other sub-$10,000 Land Cruisers available on Autotrader right now, but this one seems to be the nicest of the bunch. Find a Toyota Land Cruiser for sale

2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5

2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Like the Toyota Land Cruiser, the 4Runner is off-road royalty. They are well regarded for their Toyota reliability and their ability to go well off the beaten path easily. Notably, the aftermarket support for them is deep and wide and there is a huge community of 4Runner enthusiasts that can help you get started.  Find a Toyota 4Runner for sale

1997 Jeep Wrangler 4WD SE

1997 Jeep Wrangler 4WD SE

The Jeep Wrangler is the gold standard for off-road sport utility vehicles. They're able to go almost anywhere, and there is a deep aftermarket that can make them into incredible machines. You can also take the roof and doors off, making it the only convertible SUV that is actually cool. Cheap Jeeps are in plentiful supply across the country, so prices can be pretty low. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale

2009 Nissan Xterra

2009 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra is a well-respected off-roader that can easily be found for less than $10,000. They are a rugged and dependable body-on-frame design from the days when everything started to become unibody, and they'll go toe to toe with almost anything else on this list. Best of all, they're cheap and plentiful. Find a Nissan Xterra for sale

2002 Land Rover Discovery SE

2002 Land Rover Discovery SE

The Land Rover Discovery is, despite its cliched British reliability, a fantastic off-roader. It'll go almost anywhere as long as you're prepared to fix it, but at the same time, they're so cheap that you can use the rest of your budget on fixing it for the next few years. Plus, if you buy one as a second or third vehicle for adventuring, you won't have to actually depend on it on a day to day basis. Find a Land Rover Discovery for sale

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