Ten of the Best 4WDs in Australia 2024

By Alexi Falson on 10 May 2024
image for Ten of the Best 4WDs in Australia 2024 Australia’s terrain can prove just as tough as it is beautiful, which means you need nothing but the best 4WD at your disposal to confidently tackle a long roadtrip.

Manufacturers are well aware of this, with no shortage of tough adventure-ready 4WDs flooding the Aussie market in 2024, many of which double as a practical and versatile family-friendly package.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten of the best 4WDs currently on sale here in Australia in 2024 to help you out with your next purchase.

Ford Everest

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The Ford Everest remains one of the leading 4WDs on sale in 2024, with its tough build and family-friendly nature making it a comfortable, practical and versatile 4WD package.

Inside, the Everest’s cabin can comfortably accommodate seven people, while its Ranger underpinnings make it a beast while conquering rough terrain with its locking rear differential and give confidence while towing.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel  & 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 154kW/500Nm & 184kW-600Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 7.1 - 8.5L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,500kg

  • Ground Clearance: 226mm

  • Wading Depth: 800mm

  • Approach Angle: 30.2°

  • Departure Angle: 23°

  • Breakover Angle: 21.9°

Toyota Landcruiser 300 Series

2024 toyota landcruiser 300 series

The LandCruiser is one of the most famous names in the 4x4 game - for good reason.

The flagship LandCruiser 300 Series is the company’s biggest and arguably the most capable 4WD package that doesn’t shy away from family duties thanks to the spacious cabin and practical design.

Under the bonnet, there’s a monstrous twin-turbo V6 paired with a ten-speed automatic and a centre-locking differential as standard that provides immense towing and off-road power.

  • Engine: 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel

  • Power & Torque: 227kW/700Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 8.9L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,500kg

  • Ground Clearance: 235mm

  • Wading Depth: 700mm

  • Approach Angle: 32°

  • Departure Angle: 25°

  • Breakover Angle: 21°

Isuzu MU-X

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The Isuzu MU-X has quickly earned itself a rock-solid reputation with adventurous grey nomads and families alike thanks to its tough platform, healthy power figures and ease of towing.

Underneath, the MU-X is based on the D-MAX Ute, which means there’s more than enough hardware to keep you moving over tough terrain while the large cabin can stand up to the task of a seven-person family without breaking a sweat.

  • Engine: 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 140kW/450Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 8.3L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,500kg

  • Ground Clearance: 230mm

  • Wading Depth: 800mm

  • Approach Angle: 29.2°

  • Departure Angle: 26.9°

  • Breakover Angle: 23.1°

Suzuki Jimny

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The Suzuki Jimny is a breath of fresh air for buyers looking for a pint-sized 4WD package that isn’t afraid to climb like a mountain goat.

While it doesn’t have a heap of power at its disposal, the Jimny’s simplicity, lightweight platform and capable 4x4 system make it an eager performer when pushed off-road - all while charming your socks off.

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol

  • Power & Torque: 75kW/130Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 6.4 - 6.9L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 1,300kg

  • Ground Clearance: 210mm

  • Wading Depth: 300mm

  • Approach Angle: 37°

  • Departure Angle: 49°

  • Breakover Angle: 28°

Nissan Patrol

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The Nissan Patrol is yet another giant of the 4WD scene, with its V8 powerplant offering effortless towing, impressive off-roading and an infectious soundtrack.

Compared to its 300 Series rival, the Patrol is competitively priced while offering buyers a long list of features, with the added bonus of a flagship Warrior variant that receives a tonne of upgrades that result in one of the most capable large 4WDs on the market.

  • Engine: 5.6-litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol

  • Power & Torque: 298kW/560Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 14.4L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,500kg

  • Ground Clearance: 273mm

  • Wading Depth: 700mm

  • Approach Angle: 34.4°

  • Departure Angle: 26.3°

  • Breakover Angle: 24.1°

GWM Tank 300

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While it's a relative newbie to the Australian scene, the GWM Tank 300 has gone down a hit with buyers thanks to its impressive off-road nature and particularly affordable price tags.

It’s one of the only 4WDs to receive a hybrid engine option which, combined with its 4WD system, locking rear differential and decent ground clearance makes it one of the best value propositions currently on the market.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder & petrol hybrid

  • Power & Torque: 162kW/380Nm & 258kW/615Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 8.4 - 9.5L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2,500kg

  • Ground Clearance: 224mm

  • Wading Depth: 700mm

  • Approach Angle: 33°

  • Departure Angle: 34°

  • Breakover Angle: 23.1°

Land Rover Defender

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The latest Land Rover Defender range does incredibly well to stick to its original design brief, offering an incredibly capable 4WD platform that has become impressively sophisticated inside and out.

With no less than seven engine options and three body shapes, there’s a tonne of variety within the Defender lineup - all of which offer great off-road performance and hearty towing power that make them a great touring option for Australia.

  • Engine: Seven available (five petrol, two diesel)

  • Fuel Economy: 7.9 - 12.7L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,000 - 3,500kg

  • Ground Clearance: 225 - 290mm

  • Wading Depth: 850 - 900mm

  • Approach Angle: up to 37.5°

  • Departure Angle: up to 40°

  • Breakover Angle: up to 30.7°

Toyota LandCruiser Prado & 70 Series

2024 toyota landcruiser prado

The Toyota LandCruiser Prado takes a best-of-the-world approach to four-wheel driving, offering a family-friendly platform for daily driving that doesn’t shy away from any challenge when pushed off-road.

With a hearty turbo-diesel engine, the Prado is an incredibly confident off-roader direct from a company known for its reliability and dependability in tough Aussie conditions.

If you’re looking for a no-frills approach to off-road motoring, the LandCruiser 70 Series is one of the most adventurous members of the range, with its versatility buoyed by a new fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine, as well as a V8.

  • Engine: 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 150kW/500Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 7.9L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,000 (Prado) - 3,500kg (70 Series)

  • Ground Clearance: 220mm

  • Wading Depth: 700mm

  • Approach Angle: 30.4°

  • Departure Angle: 23.5°

  • Breakover Angle: 21.1°

Jeep Wrangler

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Nearly four decades since its launch, the Jeep Wrangler remains one of the most impressive and unique off-roaders available in 2024.

With a set of removable doors and roof, a new fuel-efficient four-cylinder petrol engine and staggering off-road potential, the Wrangler is well worth a look if you’re a fan of doing things differently.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol

  • Power & Torque: 200kW/400Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 9.2L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 2495kg

  • Ground Clearance: 252mm

  • Wading Depth: 760mm

  • Approach Angle: 36.5°

  • Departure Angle: 31.9°

  • Breakover Angle: 21.2°

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

2024 mitsubishi pajero sport

If you’re looking to hit the Great Outdoors with the family in tow, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport remains a great option that blends its tough build with a family-friendly package and impressive value.

With a capable 4x4 system, decent ground clearance and a locking rear differential, the Pajero Sport is confident when pushed, comfortable on a long-distance road trip and comes backed by Australia’s longest warranty program for long-term peace of mind.

  • Engine: 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

  • Power & Torque: 133kW/430Nm

  • Fuel Economy: 8.0L/100km

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3,100kg

  • Ground Clearance: 218mm

  • Wading Depth: 700mm

  • Approach Angle: 30°

  • Departure Angle: 24°

  • Breakover Angle: 23°

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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