It’s that time again! Following on the best V8 sedan bargains, the best sport compact bargains, the best convertible bargains and the best minivan bargains, these are the best off-road bargains right here on Autotrader! You could say it’s a kind of series. In this article, I focused on fairly new used offerings. I’m sure some will comment that you can get even cheaper versions of these vehicles. You can certainly find some of these selling for under $20,000, but buyer beware: Off-road vehicles endure forms of punishment that most other cars do not.
In reality, off-roaders are a somewhat niche category in the new and used automotive markets. The running stereotype is that most people who buy them don’t actually use their off-road capabilities to the fullest. Yet they sell in pretty impressive numbers. Jeep sells over 150,000 units of the Wrangler annually in the United States. That’s about twice what Land Rover sells in the U.S. for its entire model lineup. That’s more than what Jaguar-Land Rover sold in the U.S. and Canada combined last year. So people buy Jeeps — heck, I bought one. Let’s see how they compare with some other used off-road bargains right here on Autotrader!
Spoiler alert, there are no used Jeep Wrangler bargains! Sorry to start on such a low note, but it’s true. I did a nationwide Autotrader Jeep Wrangler search, selecting the popular 4-door Unlimited model (model year 2017 and up), and I looked for anything above the base "Sport" or "Sport S" model … and hardly anything popped up under $30,000. The attractive 2017 Sahara above is available in Tennessee for $34,417. For reference, that’s only $583 less than I spent on my brand-new Big Bear Edition. The moral of the story is that Wranglers hold their value incredibly well (as my recent 4-digit Virginia property-tax bill proved), so you might as well buy new. Plus, Doug says the new one is way better.
If you want the latest and greatest off-road Tacoma, you need to look at the TRD-PRO model. While my time in the latest model was good, I found that I couldn’t quite recommend it over that Wrangler up there. Still, it’s a pretty impressive truck and deserves a look. I only found one used PRO for sale nationwide, so there aren’t many to choose from. As new, it starts around $45,000, so glance at the TRD Off-Road in the used market to find some decent bargains. For the 2017 model year, it differed from the on-road-focused TRD Sport with some additional off-road goodies like a locking differential, Bilstein shocks and a multi-terrain select system. The pretty white 2017 pictured above rings in at $26,998 with 28,590 miles.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Until we get a new Bronco, the Wrangler only really has truck competitors. And if you want the coolest new kid on the midsize truck block, it’s probably going to be the Colorado ZR2. Available with a V6, like the black 2017 above, or with the 4-cylinder turbodiesel, the new ZR2 has a lot to offer. If you want one on the used market, though, it’s still a $30,000-plus purchase. The 2017 ZR2 above rings in at $30,499 and features an extended cab. That means these trucks are holding their value pretty well; new ZR2s start in the $33,000 range.
Ford F-150 Raptor
The Ford Raptor is undoubtedly the coolest option on this list. Of the SUVs and trucks I’ve proposed, it’s one of the few that I look at twice when I see it on the street. These things have a pretty impressive presence just sitting still. They’re also one of the most expensive options on this list of "bargain" off-roaders. If you want a certified pre-owned Raptor, it’ll cost just over $40,000, according to a nationwide Autotrader search. If you’re brave enough to try one that may or may not have visited an off-road park, you can get a pretty inexpensive used non-certified Raptor. The 2011 silver Raptor above, with some extra LED lighting that Doug loves, will set you back $28,997 with 71,215 miles. Mileage-be-damned, you can get a used Raptor in the $20,000 range — which I admit would be tempting if I didn’t already own a Jeep.
There is actually one other SUV that can compete with a Jeep: The Toyota 4Runner. You can get a 2017 TRD Off-Road like the white one above for $31,000. That’s a pretty decent value for a car with under 9,000 miles. Like the Tacoma, though, new ones will run you well over $40,000. Oddly enough, many of the regular TRD Off-Road versions of the 4Runner are just as expensive as the PRO.
So that’s a quick rundown of some of the best relatively new off-road bargains right here on Autotrader. As usual, let me know what I missed in the comments. See you next time.