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From Badlands & Timberline to Tremor & Raptor: How Ford Built the Most Impressive Off-Road Lineup of All Time

You don’t need to do much research to see that in 2023 off-roading is bigger than it’s ever been. In fact, all you need to do is look at the offerings in American showrooms.

From the Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness to the Wrangler Rubicon 392, today’s automakers are constantly bringing out new models and versions of their existing vehicles aimed at casual and hardcore off-roaders alike.

Fun Haver Ford Bronco Build

But when it comes to factory off-road options, no company is doing it quite as big as Ford. From the Bronco Sport to the F-250, their lineup is filled with interesting 4x4 options from top to bottom. And there's something to fit nearly every budget.

Ford Raptor R Grille

All Bases Covered

It starts at the bottom with the Ford Maverick. This little pickup is currently the cheapest vehicle in Ford’s lineup and its popularity has been so great that Ford still can’t keep up with demand.

Ford Maverick Hauling Tires

Initially offered with the basic FX-4 AWD package, Ford took the Maverick’s off-road capability to the next level with the introduction of the Maverick Tremor, which gets the trick AWD system from the Bronco Sport Badlands along with other improvements.

Ford Maverick Tremor Off-Roading

The Bronco Sport is next, with the Badlands version being the clear choice for off-road use. It’s simply one of the most capable crossovers on the market today, and nicely bridges the gap between normal car-based CUVs and “real” body-on-frame 4x4s.

Ford Bronco Sport on Nitto Nomad Grappler

And speaking of real 4x4s, the Ranger is there for buyers who want something a little more substantial than the Maverick but still smaller and cheaper than your typical full-size pickup truck.

Most buyers will be well-served by a Ranger with the FX-4 or Tremor package, but now there’s the 2024 Ranger Raptor, which is likely the most radical and most capable mid-sized pickup ever made.

Ford Ranger Raptor Jumping

Then of course there’s the Bronco, which despite only being on sale for a few years has already become one of Ford’s most recognized and sought-after vehicles.

Baja Designs Ford Bronco

And even within the Bronco lineup itself Ford you can find everything from the no-frills two-door soft top with manual transmission, to the flagship Bronco Raptor.

Ford Bronco Raptor in Desert

Big to Small

Need an SUV with a little more space for the family? You can now get the three-row Ford Explorer in the off-road oriented Timberline trim, and though its not the most rugged platform it should handle all the soft-roading you can throw at it.

Ford Explorer Timberline Green

Want a full-size off-road SUV with even more space and more towing ability? How about the Expedition Timberline? Consider it an SUV version of the F-150 Tremor.

Ford Expedition Timberline Rear View

The F-150 needs no introduction. It’s America’s most popular vehicle and Ford offers no shortage of options for F-150 buyers looking for off-road capability.

Ford F-150 Tremor Silver

FX-4, Tremor and of course Raptor are all present in the F-150 lineup. And then there’s the Raptor R which takes everything good about the normal Raptor and throws in a heavy helping of supercharged V8 muscle with 700 horsepower.

Ford Raptor R Black Front View

Finally, Ford even gives HD truck buyers some solid off-road capability with the Tremor package for its Super Duty trucks. If you want massive towing capability with capable trail hardware, it’s all here.

Ford F-250 on Recon Grappler tires

Supply & Demand

If there’s on asterisk to put next to all this, it’s that Ford has struggled mightily during the last couple of years with chip shortages and red-hot demand.

Nomad Grappler on Bronco Sport

And in a time when many automakers are more or less getting back to normal, it still remains quite difficult to actually find a Bronco or Maverick without massive wait times and/or dealer pricing shenanigans.

Ford Bronco Raptor in Desert

Here’s hoping Ford continues to work out its production issues, because that’s really the only thing holding back a deep and diverse lineup of off-road vehicles that has something for everyone.

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