Nowadays, not many cars are using the 4×4, but if you really want one, here are 10 best affordable used 4×4 vehicles. There are no reasons on why you should not buy a used car. If the used car is still in good condition and is priced reasonably, then you should get it, as the experience that it offers will still be the same as a new car. But we are talking about the 4×4 here, something that is difficult to find even with new cars coming out, so finding an affordable alternatives with wider selections is always a great idea.
2015 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X ($20,975 – $30,590)
With the MSRP of only $30,590, the 2015 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is a cheap alternative for a usable 4×4 vehicle with respectable off road quality. Of course, as this car is still quite new, you can always buy a new one, buy you will be able to find a far cheaper one if you go with used. The best quality of this car is its versatility, you can change the interior of this car to suit whatever needs you got for that day, and change it or another purpose the next day.
The 2015 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is pretty choppy though, even though you are not running off road, this car does not run as smooth as an average car. The engine that is sued for this trim level is a 4.0L V6 with 261 horsepower and 281 pound feet of torque, it is using 5 speed automatic transmission systems.
2014 Jeep Patriot ($9,977 – $22,510)
If you want a budget 4×4 vehicle that you can often use on a city road, then the 2014 Jeep Patriot is a strong contender. Being a Jeep manufactured car, even though this one is a budget products, the Patriot should not be underestimated while doing off road drive. But surprisingly, the vehicle also runs pretty smooth on the normal city street. The interior is pretty disappointing though, while the body looks handsome and strong, the interior feels a little empty.
The 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that this 2014 Jeep Patriot utilized is not very strong with only 158 horsepower and 141 pound feet of torque, but at least the vehicle is available with a 5 speed manual transmission system and above average fuel efficiency system compared to the other 4×4 vehicles; 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser ($27,930 – $40,999)
If you like to buy a vehicle just for it’s off road capability, you should find someone who sells a used 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser; which is the last of its line. This vehicle has a unique looks different to any other, very strong looking and its traditional boxy body is one of its greatest point. Furthermore it’s off road capability is top class, not many 4×4 cars are better than this one. Unfortunately, they sacrificed the interior and comfortability for this, not to mention that this car is very loud.
The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser got a decent standard engine with 4.0L V6 engine, this 260 horsepower and 271 pound feet of torque engine is not to be underestimated with, but the 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway is pretty underwhelming. The standard version uses automatic transmission, but there is one trim level with manual transmission system, get that version if you can.
2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara ($9,374 – $17,046)
The old 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara is the last of its kind, and the 2013 is the one to get. Not only it’s the newest but it still got the traditional Grand Vitara looks on it; and its cheap as well. The Grand Vitara off road capability is very good, but this car is not used only for its off road capability. This car runs very smooth and less noise can be heard from the inside, making this a good family car as well.
Unfortunately, the 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara is underwhelming in terms of performance. The major culprit for this is the weak 2.4l 4 cylinder engine which only has 166 horsepower and 162 pound feet of torque; the 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway is the average number for this kind of vehicle.
2005 Nissan Frontier Nismo Off Road ($8,876 – $11,980)
It might be difficult to find the 2005 Nissan Frontier Nismo Off road due to its being released more than 10 years ago. But if you can find one which is still in good condition, then go for it. The reason why this old vehicle is included here is because it is a nice pick up vehicle with great towing capability and good amount space available for the interior. It also got a looks that can still be considered modern even with today standard, it also got off road on its name, so it’s off road capability is also great.
Being more than 10 years old, you would expect that the 2005 Nissan Frontier Nismo Off road used weaker engine. You are wrong, it got a 4.0L V6 engine with 265 horsepower and 284 pound feet of torque, add 6 speed manual transmission system as a bonus.
2015 Jeep Cherokee ($14,785 – $34,295)
Jeep Cherokee has newer version coming up, but if you want it with more affordable price, then you can go with the 2015 Jeep Cherokee version. The 2015 model is still comparable to the newer one and is not as outdated as you think, especially with the design; it does not really look that much different. While there are many other vehicle with better off road capability, this 2015 4×4 vehicle is one of the most comfortable Jeep vehicles ever made.
The 2015 Jeep Cherokee engine is pretty underwhelming, because it got only 184 horsepower and 171 pound feet of torque, it also got 9 speed automatic transmission system, fortunately, there are trim levels with manual transmission.
2011 Ford Ranger ($6,880 – $25,999)
The 2011 Ford Ranger is a good alternative if you would like to get a 4×4 pick up, but the reason is only because the vehicle is very cheap used. But if you want to use it for any other purposes, then you should looks for another vehicle. As a 4×4 pickup, this model can be used to carry a lot of stuffs in any kind terrains, but that is all it can do.
The engine used for the 2011 Ford Ranger is nothing to brag about either, the 2.3L 4 cylinder engines is small and not very powerful; only 143 horsepower, but it does have a 5 speed manual transmission system.
2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road ($19,291 – $39,995)
The 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off road is one of the most expensive Toyota Tacoma trim level. It got better off road capability compared to the standard model, but if we compared it to the other vehicle, it fell short. There are a lot of optional features available for the Tacoma, so even if you buy one used, as it is a 2015 version, you can still buy the optional features easily as well.
As a pickup, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off road got pretty good engine, with 236 horsepower and 266 pound feet of torque, the 4.0L V6 engine is above average or a 4×4 pickup of its price range.
2005 Land Rover Range Rover ($7,995 – $14,000)
It is difficult to find a cheap Land Rover range Rover, thus you need to find a model from 10 or more years old. But do not worry, even though this is a 2005 model, it still reliable; that is if you can find one which is still in good condition. The quality of Land Rover range Rover is unquestionable, the 2005 is still a great 4×4 vehicle with unmatched off road capability. And being a full size vehicle, it can fit a lot of passengers and still have enough cargo room for more stuff.
The 20015 Land Rover Range Rover has 4.4L V8 engine with 282 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque, not bad really, until you see its fuel efficiency; 12 mpg city and 16 mpg highway.
2008 Jeep Wrangler ($8,532 – $49,995)
Now we have come to this, if you want the ultimate 4×4 vehicle, then you go with the Jeep Wrangler. But if you want a cheap Jeep Wrangler, we will need to go far back, the 2008 version is one of the better ones. Never underestimate a Jeep Wrangler even if its old, if you are able to get one in good condition, then you are good to go.
One problem with getting the older 2008 Jeep Wrangler is the engine; the overall off road performance is still top of the chart. But the engine is below par compared to the newer version, 202 horsepower with only 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
There you have it, the 10 best affordable used 4×4 vehicles to get, you can always find older version of the vehicle you want if you want cheaper price, but notice that the rating will be lower.