8 SUVs that are perfect for rough terrain (from cheapest to most expensive)


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If you think you cannot use a Mustang or Lamborghini because of the poor condition of the roads, there are several other vehicles that offer that much luxury and driving convenience. And they are relatively cheaper than those sporty toys. Check the list below!

We have seen cars that can attain to a velocity of 200 mph from zero in 10 seconds. Sporty cars that come with astounding gravity and the kind of handling you see in the Fast and Furious movies.

Just as many people dream of it, I’d love to put my foot on the gas of one of these speed demons someday. But when I stare out the window and look at the terrain of my boulevard, I don’t see that happening—except I move to a location where they’ve got highways like those in Grand Theft Auto.

Many people go for vehicles, putting aesthetics and performance at the top of the “desired features” list. However, there are other important things to consider; like ground clearance, and the terrain on which it will be put to frequent use (especially if you live in an area like mine).

Fancy cars are desirable, given their social value and the convenience they offer. So, if you have a penchant for luxury but are wary of what the poor state of Nigerian roads can do to your vehicle, here are 8 SUVs that offer a mix of comfort and reliability, compiled by Naijauto.com - the biggest car website in Nigeria!

1. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 (From N7 million)

Built to handle your everyday commuting as well as off-roading, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is the perfect truck for average families that do spice their routine with adventures occasionally. This one has both front and rear locking differentials that makes the ride more enjoyable on all terrain. It also has a ride height of 9 inches.


Chevy Colorado ZR2​​​​​​​ - Great choice for all weather use

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2. Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series (N15 million)

The Tacoma TRD Pro is a total package for off-road affairs. The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) also comes in Off-Road and Off-Road Premium trims but the Pro version is the most capable of them all. Now we need not flesh out what it means to have a high performance truck with a Toyota label. The reliability the brand offers generally speaks for their products.


Tacoma TRD Pro​​​​​​​ gives you a smooth ride on bumpy roads

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3. GMC Sierra AT4 (From N18.8 million)

The Sierra AT4 is the flagship model of the GMC class of SUVs that offers the off-road option. For consumers that want an experience more challenging than the norm, GMC offers this premium off-road truck. The model includes signature features of GMC utility vans but offers 2 inches more clearance, locking rear differential and multiple driver modes.


Let's take a look at this refined off-roader from GMC!

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4. Land Rover Discovery (From N26 million)

Though not favored as much its sibling Range Rover, the Discovery tops the list of the most rugged vehicles ever produced by the British automobile giants. The more upscale Range Rover is also a competent off-road vehicle but it more of a symbol of affluence, as owners would rather cruise them through the streets of Hollywood instead of testing their shocks with potholes on degenerated roads. This one can drive conveniently through a body of water up to 33½ inches deep.


The ultimate SUV for power and performance

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5. Toyota Land Cruiser (From N30.5 million)

With 4 wheel drive, one locking differential and a selector with different drive mode selector for varying terrain, the Toyota Land Cruiser is marketed both for both its luxurious and rugged design. The Land Cruiser is a family SUV but also a beastly off-roader. A bit highly priced, but offers its money’s worth.


The Land Cruiser offers great ground clearance and impressive shock performance

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6. Range Rover Sport SVR (From N41 million)

When it comes to choice luxury SUVs in Nigeria, the Range Rover Sport SVR is as popular as the politicians, tycoons and entertainers who use them. Though a bit on the higher end of the scale, it makes up for its spendiness with high performance and ruggedness. This utility van is not only power-packed but pleasant to watch. And you definitely want to hear the gutted bellows of this caged reverb snare as it revs along.


A reverb box that offers the real 4x4 Drive experience

7. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (From N41.4 million)

What sense does a list of strong SUVs make without a Jeep on it?

Designed by FIAT Chrysler Automobiles’ SRT division, the Trackhawk performs excellently off the road as it does on paved highways. With a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk brings all its 707 horsepower to availability when it finds itself in a rocky or muddy landscape. We all know the Grand Cherokee is the ultimate truck for barreling around the backcountry. We do not know why Jeep put this much into making this one sophisticated, but what do we care? This is a cool cat to love.

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The Trackhawk brings all the torque to the field

8. Mercedes Benz G63 (From N53.5 million)

With a 9-speed transmission, an AMG 4-litre double turbo V8 engine and 577 raw horsepower, the Mercedes G-Class has a destiny to walk on roads not meant for the average guys. Fondly called the G-wagon, this beast with a signature design is definitely designed for off-road exploits. Offering 4x42 Drive and a confident ground clearance, this SUV is sure of providing a comfortable ride regardless of the condition of the road.

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For comfort and that classic Benz experience

There you go! 8 SUVs from the cheapest to the most expensive that offer ultimate satisfaction on off-road quests. Visit our website to browse a myriad of reasonably priced midsize SUVs. But if you’re not about the adventure, you won’t be getting any unpleasant surprises if you ever find yourself plying a bad road.

>>> Visit Naijauto.com for latest car prices updated for Nigerian market and useful car buying tips!

Oluwafunsho Asu

Oluwafunsho Asu

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Oluwafunsho's rare interest in automobiles, for what happens both under the hood and inside the cabin has earned him extensive practical knowledge on a range of vehicle brands and models.

A research writer who markets his skills globally, he works with industry professionals to manage content across a range of niches including automobile, business, finance, telecoms, and travel.

A few companies he manages content for include WhichPortableAC.com, The Fat Taxi Istanbul and SAAT Specialty Coating Solutions.

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