Unlike most cars, an off-road car is any car that can be easily driven both on and off paved roads and ground. Off-road cars are also known as 4x4s (also known as four-wheel drive cars) because all four wheels are powered, compared with only two powered wheels in most other cars.
It is this extra power and stability that makes them suitable for harsher driving conditions. The Hilux, for example, has a tough frame and body structure as well as a wide under-body to offer protection from uneven ground.
When it comes to off-road performance, a car’s capabilities will depend on several design features. The ground clearance, gearing, approach and departure angles will all affect how much off-road power a car has, but these features can also impact on-road movement.
It’s important to consider how much of your time will be spent driving on-road and off-road, to decide on the features you’ll benefit from most and find the best 4x4 for your needs. The Land Cruiser’s Variable Flow Control (VFC) power steering system gives you a more solid and defined drive, whilst it’s Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) displays a choice of six live images from four exterior cameras, giving you an instant understanding of your surroundings.