They aren't the new hotness, but they are cool.
It's finally happened. The 2020 Ford Bronco is here to take aim directly at the Jeep Wrangler, which has gone without any direct competition for many years now. Ford will offer two engines including a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6. Both will be highly off-road-capable thanks to a Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) Modes.
Full pricing for the Bronco hasn't been revealed but we know the base two-door model will start at $29,995. If this is more than you'd like to spend or you just can't wait for the Bronco to hit dealerships, we have come up with five more affordable off-road options from the used market.
The Bronco's main competitor is the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, which is currently in its JL generation. If you want to save some cash and don't need the modern refinement of the JL, the previous JK Wrangler is much more affordable. Wranglers are notorious for holding value better than almost any vehicle but do some research and you can easily find one in the $10,000 to $30,000 price range. There are many different trim levels to choose from, so there's bound to be one to suit your taste.
So long as you don't need the open-top experience of the Bronco or Wrangler, the Toyota 4 Runner is a great option. The 4Runner is a solid and dependable workhorse with capable off-road credentials that is borderline unkillable. All manner of 4Runner trim levels are available for less than $30,000 but you probably won't be able to find the hardcore TRD-Pro model, which is more expensive.
The Lexus GX 460 is based on the same basic platform as the 4Runner but it comes wrapped in a more luxurious suit. It may not have the best technology on this list but the GX is among the best of the bunch for taking a long-distance family road trip. Not only is it quiet and refined on the road, but it also features a third row to seat up to seven passengers. Like the 4Runner, the GX is known for being bulletproof reliable and capable off-road.
Built for just two generations, the Xterra was Nissan's simple yet rugged answer to Toyota's 4Runner. It hasn't retained the same level of fandom as the 4Runner but that means prices are much lower. You can find a high-mileage second-generation Xterra for less than $5,000 and even the rare PRO-4X model with the manual transmission costs less than $25,000.
Like the original Bronco, the Toyota FJ Land Cruiser is among the most iconic off-road shapes ever created. From 2007 to 2014, Toyota built a modern interpretation called the FJ Cruiser. The FJ Cruiser has held its value incredible well, gathering status as a cult classic collectible in off-road circles. Prices start around $8,000 but a good one will cost you around $20,000 to $30,000. Unlike the new Bronco, we think FJ Cruiser values will only go up from where they are now.