If you have ever been overlanding, you know how crucial a reliable overland vehicle is to your journey. An overland vehicle needs to be able to take on all types of terrain, from mud and sand to rocks and boulders, all while reliably requiring as little maintenance as possible. Your worst-case scenario in the remote wilderness is an off-road overlander that can’t start or get you home.
What are Overland Vehicles?
Overland vehicles don’t have any particular specifications. If a car, truck, or camper is ready to take on different types of terrain while traveling vast distances, it can be an overlander. Typically, your off-road overland expedition vehicle will offer a place to sleep, since overlanding implies an overnight stay. Terrain tires and four-wheel drive are also essential.
Best Overland Vehicles
10. Nissan Patrol
The Nissan Patrol, one of the first overland vehicles, was made in Australia, which is actually where overlanding was created. Overlanding was originally a way to drive herds of animals across the vast spans of the tough Australian terrain. The Patrol helped open up Australia’s rough land for the average person to farm, graze, and travel.
9. Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is an equally iconic overlanding vehicle as the Nissan Patrol. Any model Land Cruiser will do just fine for an overland conversion, however, newer models are the best for reliability.
8. Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma is an awesome overland vehicle, because most companies that sell overlanding conversion systems have pre-made kits for the Tacoma. You can always find a set of terrain tires and roof-top tent for the Tacoma, as well. Toyotas are also reliable and easy to maintain and service, which is essential for overland travel.
7. Jeep Outpost II by AEV
This overlander comes to the world from the conversion company AEV. AEV will take your vehicle and turn it into an overlanding masterpiece. If you have a Jeep Wrangler that you’d like to turn into a true overland vehicle, AEV can build an Outpost II just for you.
6. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
The Sprinter might not look like an overland vehicle, but the powerful engine and ample storage space mean that this luxury van is perfect for an overland conversion. All you’ll need are a set of terrain tires and a camping overhaul kit for the back.
5. Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is one of the most iconic overland vehicles. No list of top overlanding vehicles would be complete without it. This tried and true off-road hoss is virtually guaranteed to get you where you’re going.
4. Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4
The Mercedes-Benz G500 is another popular option in the world of off-road travel. This is a great choice if you are looking comfort and luxury on your overland journey. It doesn’t come with sleeping quarters but there is plenty of space for a sleeping mat or rooftop tent.
3. Iveco Daily 4×4
This utility vehicle gets a lot of use in professional off-road environments. Mining operations and emergency services use the Daily 4×4 for all kinds of rugged scenarios. Built to carry huge loads, this off-road badass won’t have any trouble hauling all of your overnight gear.
2. Mercedes-Benz Unimog
Anytime overland vehicles come up, the Unimog will eventually enter the conversation. The Unimog is one of the most popular overland vehicle options on the market with good reason. The always-on four-wheel drive proves this off-road beast is meant for one thing.
1. Mercedes-Benz Zetros
Mercedes dominates in the world of production line overland vehicles. This military-style overland vehicle is an offroad monster with plenty of power, torque, and storage space. There is virtually no terrain the Zetros can’t handle.
Some of these vehicles require conversion, while others are specifically made for recreational and utility overlanding. Depending on your situation, you can decide for yourself which overland vehicles from this list are right for your situation!
This post was originally published on July 25, 2019.