Vehicles classified as extremely capable go beyond the typical needs of a SUV or CUV, with greater ground clearance, approach angles, articulation and locking differentials. These are vehicles that can be taken off the beaten path and not break a sweat.
There's no off-road vehicle in America that's as iconic as the Jeep Wrangler, so a 75th Anniversary Edition was brought out to play. I'm a big fan of the Jeep Wrangler looks – it brings back memories of my childhood, cruising around the neighborhood in my red Power Wheels Jeep.
The Trail Rated Wrangler has everything you need to go off-roading straight from the show room floor, like a heavy duty Dana 44 rear axle, Dana 30 solid front axle, skid plates, heavy duty suspension and a limited slip rear differential. It has some modern amenities to keep you comfortable, like heated leather seats, a 6.5-inch navigation system and Alpine premium sound system.
Nissan brought along its latest Titan XD Pro4X pickup truck to take on the tougher off-road course. The Pro4X adds skid plates, Bilstein off-road shocks and an electronic locking rear differential to boost its off-road prowess. I doubt you'll see the behemoth Nissan Titan XD wheelin', but the beefed up off-road bits should be helpful for contractors that traverse unpaved roads.
The Range Rover Sport is a truly unique vehicle. Despite appealing to the same demographic as the Lexus LX570, it's a completely different beast. It tracks like a Jaguar and cornered beautifully around the go-kart course, but able to flex its off-road muscle on the extreme dirt course. It's a perfect daily driver that is a pleasure to drive on windy and dirt roads. The 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 keeps it fairly fuel efficient with a combined 25 mpg rating, too.