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5 Used Off-Roaders With Locking Rear Differentials Currently For Sale on Autotrader

As far as off-road trucks and SUVs go, there are a handful of features that make for a capable vehicle. You want good ground clearance and approach and departure angles, a true 4-wheel drive system with low-range and a set of competent all-terrain tires. Beyond that, there’s one feature that you’ll find particularly helpful in low-traction situations, and that’s a locking rear differential. Here are five used off-roaders currently for sale on Autotrader that have one.

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition – $39,900

The FJ Cruiser was Toyota‘s attempt at building a Jeep Wrangler competitor on the same platform as the fourth-generation 4Runner. The end result was a little awkward. While the FJ Cruiser offered decent off-road capability and did manage to capture the essence of the original FJ40 Land Cruiser, it had neither a removable roof nor removable doors, and as a result, it failed to steal many sales from the legendary Wrangler. That said, these quirky off-roaders still enjoy a cult following today. Toyota discontinued the FJ Cruiser after the 2014 model year, but used examples still command big bucks. This 2014 Ultimate Edition, the trim level Toyota introduced as a sendoff for the FJ in its final year, comes with 61,000 miles on the odometer and a whopping $39,900 asking price. In addition to a locking rear differential, it’s got a Bilstein suspension with remote reservoirs, an aluminum front skid plate and all-terrain tires, among other things. It’s located at a dealership in Denver, Colo. Find a Toyota FJ Cruiser for sale

1999 Toyota Land Cruiser

1999 Toyota Land Cruiser – $12,000

The Toyota Land Cruiser is legendary in the off-road world. Beloved for their world-leading reliability and exceptional capability, Land Cruisers hold their value exceptionally well. The 100 Series Land Cruiser, sold here from the 1998 to 2007 model years, is now a pretty great value when it comes to used off-roaders. It’s also the last Land Cruiser to offer a locking rear differential here in the US. The 100 Series Land Cruiser came with a rear locker for just the 1998 and 1999 model years before Toyota eliminated it in favor of its Active Traction Control system, which hit the market for the 2000 model year. While the rear locker was optional, it’s fairly common, and you’ll find it on the used Land Cruiser we’ve highlighted above — notice the round switch to the left of the steering column. A 1999 model with 189,000 miles on the odometer, this Land Cruiser is located in San Mateo, Calif. with an asking price of $12,000. Find a Toyota Land Cruiser for sale

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon – $39,999

While the Jeep Wrangler is often thought of as the ultimate off-roader, only in its top-spec Rubicon trim does it come with a locking rear differential. That said, the Rubicon doesn’t stop there, as it also offers a standard locking front differential along with an electronically disconnecting sway bar, which allows for greater front axle articulation off-road. This 2018 model, from the Wrangler’s latest “JL” generation, comes with a basic canvas top, rock sliders, a lift and massive 37-in tires. It also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. Given its inherent utility and the fact that Wranglers seldom change much year over year, these things hold their value quite well, and this Wrangler is located in Anderson, S.C. with 12,240 miles and an asking price of $39,999. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale

2010 Hummer H3 Adventure

2010 Hummer H3 Adventure – $12,894

The Hummer H3 was GM’s attempt at a Toyota 4Runner competitor. Timing is everything, though, and as the H3 was introduced in the mid-2000s, its sales were impacted tremendously by the recession that hit just a few years later, and GM discontinued the Hummer brand before the H3 was able to really gain a footing in the market. Built on the same platform as the first-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the H3 used a body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle. Models fitted with the Adventure package also came with a locking rear differential and, starting with the 2009 model year, a locking front-differential as well. The one we’ve highlighted here is a 2010 model with 141,000 miles on the odometer. The seller confirms the presence of front and rear lockers in the description, and you can just barely make out their associated buttons at the top right of the center stack in one of the photos. This fully-locked H3 is located in Seattle, Wash. with an asking price of $12,894. Admittedly, this may be a little steep unless this Hummer is in exceptional condition, which is hard to tell from the photos. Find a Hummer H3 for sale

2011 Nissan XTerra Pro-4X

2011 Nissan XTerra Pro-4X – $11,000

The XTerra was Nissan‘s rugged off-road SUV in the same vein as the Toyota 4Runner. Built on the same platform as the Frontier pickup, the XTerra was rough and trucklike, which contributed to its appeal as with any other purpose-built off-roader. It was sold over two generations, the first from 2000 to 2004 and the second from 2005 all the way until 2015. Since it was discontinued, the XTerra has taken a pretty huge depreciation hit, and given the “Toyota tax” you’ll pay on a used 4Runner, one of these can be a great alternative. Top-spec Off-Road and Pro-4X models come with a rear locker along with hill descent control and factory overhead off-road lights. This one is a 2011 Pro-4X model with 111,000 miles on the odometer, which isn’t a lot given the XTerra’s mechanical simplicity. Find a Nissan XTerra for sale

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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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