Texans love their 4x4s. In fact, nearly one in every four passenger vehicles registered in Texas is equipped with four-wheel drive, according to the state's Department of Transportation. That doesn't just mean pickup trucks — sport utility vehicles, crossovers, even environmentally friendly yet off-road capable hybrids are part of that mix. Here are seven of the latest four-wheel drive vehicles, all unveiled at this year's Detroit International Auto Show.
The Tailgater's Delight
2017 Honda Ridgeline
Unlike many of the pickup trucks on this list, the all-new Ridgeline is more of a tailgater than a rock crawler, thanks to its dual-action rear tailgate; optional 400-watt power inverter; built-in, drainable, water-tight in-bed trunk; and 540-watt in-bed stereo system. That’s a powerful platform for your next party. Plus, the Ridgeline has a relatively impressive payload capacity of nearly 1,600 pounds — that’s a lot of party favors.
The Texan’s Choice
Nissan Titan Warrior
Chevy, Ford and Ram enthusiasts, please send your complaints to the Texas Auto Writers Association. It named the Nissan Titan the Lone Star State’s “Truck of the Year,” not us. The Warrior is an unapologetically aggressive variant of the standard Titan, and Nissan’s answer to Ford’s F-150
Raptor. The menacing off-roader is armed with a 5.0-liter V8 diesel, six-speed automatic transmission and a customized suspension, which includes upgraded control arms, a rear sway bar and internal bypass reservoir shocks. When all is said and done, the Warrior can conquer even the most inhospitable terrain with ease.
City Slicker’s Need Not Apply
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Ford shocked the off-roading world when it unveiled the F-150 Raptor in 2010. The extreme truck was fun, fast and more than capable of handling just about anything on- or off-road. Now, the Blue Oval is taking the Raptor to the next level, amplifying its strengths and fixing its weaknesses, making it faster, stronger, lighter and more durable than ever before. It looks better too. Under the hood is a high-output, 3.5-liter V-6, twin-turbocharged, EcoBoost engine with more horsepower (estimated between 450 and 500 horses) and torque (estimated at more than 434 lb.-ft.) and greater efficiency than the 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 it replaces.