If you are looking to do weekends away and an excuse to head bush, then the Gladiator is a winner – provided payload and towing aren't essential.
The Musso blends refined engine performance with capable foundations, though it's lacking in ground clearance and aftermarket mods.
Jeep's range-topping Compass has the coveted Trail Rated badge on its flanks. Does it have the capability to back it up?
Thought the HiLux was the only ladder-frame off-roader in the Toyota stable worth your time? Don't forget about the Fortuner.
Great Wall has made a great leap forward with the new Cannon ute, which packs capability despite its bargain price.
With a list of upgrades nicked from the Raptor, the Ford Ranger FX4 Max is definitely ready to take you further than the XLT.
The MU-X is a solid performer, taking the reasonable platform shared with the Holden Trailblazer and teaming it with a reliable engine and handsome looks.
The Navara isn't a huge sales success like some of its peers, but a powerful twin-turbo diesel and coil-sprung rear make for a capable off-road machine.
The Mitsubishi Triton is a quiet achiever on the sales charts compared to the Ranger and HiLux, offering equivalent capability for a lot less money.
It's the best selling car in Australia and while it will spend most of its time on the black top, what's it like off-road?