Off-roading can be tons of fun, provided you’ve got the right equipment. Rock-crawling in a Prius probably isn’t the way to go.
Two of the best mud-slinging beasts on the market today are offered by completely different automakers, one that’s famous for putting the world on wheels and building pickups, the other for inventing the car and offering luxury vehicles. So, which rig would YOU rather own, the Ford F-150 Raptor or a Mercedes-Benz G-Class?
Starting with the blue-oval offering, this Baja-tested truck features knobby tires, tons of suspension travel, underbody armor plating and a high-output EcoBoost V6 engine. Horsepower from this 3.5-liter unit measures 450 while torque clocks in at 510.
All of that meaty goodness is routed to all four wheels through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission.
In comparison, the base G550 model features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. It delivers 416 horses and 450 lb-ft of torque, figures that are a little less than what the Raptor offers. However, if you want more, there are not one but TWO AMG models to choose from. The top-shelf G65 variant thunders with a 6.0-liter V12 that’s good for 621 ponies and a whopping 738 lb-ft of twist. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with every engine in the G-Class.
Largely unchanged since 1979 when it was introduced as a civilian model, the military-grade G-Class features standard four-wheel drive with rigid axles front and rear, for indestructability and an extra truck-like ride. In typical Mercedes fashion this vehicle should also offer plenty of luxury amenities, and it better at the price they’re asking. This thing kicks off north of $122,000! As for the Raptor, you can snag one for a song in comparison, less than 50 grand.
Which of these off-road machines do YOU prefer? Well, make sure to vote in our poll, but if you still need more information compare these vehicles here.