Spending tens of thousands of dollars on a vehicle built for overlanding is less than ideal for some. However, if you plan on using it as your daily driver, the investment is sound. For most, the vehicle will be taken overlanding a few times a year, and you may not feel like paying an arm and a leg for a vehicle that only leaves your garage every now and then.
Currently, the automobile market offers plenty of vehicles that with a little time, energy, and hard work, can be transformed into a great overland vehicle. If you are on the hunt for some adventure, great times, and an affordable way to take a break from society, this article is for you.
Kicking off our list is the Toyota Land Cruiser. This vehicle can be a bit difficult to find on the market today for under $10,000, but not impossible. With enough luck, you might be able to snag one in good condition for your desired price range.
The overlanding community highly recommends this vehicle for a few reasons.
With all of that said, older Toyota models are known for their long-lasting lifespan. At Rhino, this vehicle would be on our minds when looking for something reliable and fun for some overland adventures – hence why it made number one on our list.
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This SUV has proved itself to the overland and off-road communities time and time again. Its body on frame design allows for better than most off-road performance, and like we mentioned with the above 1990-1997 Land Cruiser, Toyotas are well-known for their long lasting and reliable lifespan.
Although a bit small in terms of storage space, this vehicle comfortably seats four, and is recommended for dual purpose driving – whether it be off-road or a long road trip.
A few reasons we recommend the Toyota 4Runner
With that said, we highly recommend this vehicle to anyone breaking into the overlanding scene. They are easily available on the market, and you can find plenty with moderate miles for under $10,000.
With a lift and a few modifications, the Suzuki Samurai can take you just about anywhere. Suzuki discontinued sales of this vehicle in 1995, and although it would make a great overland vehicle, you should probably avoid the highway.
Drop the top, buzz around town, and when you feel like it, go rock crawling! The Samurai can keep up plenty with other 4x4s. Just don't purchase this as a daily driver, it likely would not fare well in any type of accident.
A few reasons we recommend the Subaru Samurai
One thing to note with this vehicle is that finding one in good condition may prove difficult. So, check your local classifieds, and if you see one of these pop up, know that you are one of the lucky ones.
Ford's prized SUV. A drivable, early generation Ford Bronco is admittedly difficult to get your hands on. However, with the launch of the 2021 Ford Bronco, the demand for earlier generations may ease up a little – or so we hope.
The Bronco is special for various reasons, one of those being its narrow body and short wheelbase. This alone gave the Ford Bronco a competitive edge against other off-road vehicles such as the Jeep CJ, I.H. Scout, and later. OJ Simpson and Pope John Paul II may have helped boost the Bronco's popularity, but at heart the Bronco is popular for its own well-deserved reasons.
Why do we recommend the Ford Bronco?
So, if you are looking for a kick-ass vehicle to purchase for under $10,000, the Bronco might be your best bet. Finding them is difficult, but never impossible. Check your local classifieds and see if you can find one that still works.
The Jeep Cherokee XJ is often hailed as one of the best budget-friendly options for overlanding enthusiasts. This compact, rugged SUV, produced from 1984 to 2001, offers a winning combination of off-road capability and affordability. Its timeless design, robust construction, and ample ground clearance make it a favorite among those seeking adventure on a budget. The XJ's legendary 4x4 capability and a vast aftermarket support system allow for easy modifications and customization, while its simplicity and reliability make it an excellent choice for venturing off the beaten path without breaking the bank.
Why do we recommend the Jeep Cherokee XJ?
Jeep Cherokee XJ is an iconic off-road vehicle and offers a lot of aftermarket support and easy modifications along with its affordability. This is the overland vehicle to choose if you are looking for a Jeep under $10,000.
The Toyota Tacoma, specifically the models from 1994 to 2008, has earned its place as one of the best affordable overland vehicles. Renowned for its legendary reliability and durability, this compact pickup truck offers a compelling combination of rugged performance and budget-friendliness. With a robust chassis, dependable 4x4 capabilities, and a wide array of available configurations, the Tacoma from this era is a popular choice among overlanding enthusiasts. Its enduring popularity and extensive aftermarket support mean that it's easy to find affordable parts and accessories to modify and tailor the vehicle to suit various overland adventures.
Toyota Tacoma's are still extremely popular compact pickups due to their reliability, recognizable look, aftermarket support, and value retention. If you are looking for an overlanding vehicle under $10,000 and you want a truckbed, look no further than the Toyota Tacoma.
The Rhino USA Ultimate Kinetic Recovery Kit was designed for those who off-road and overland, and want to be sure they have the most effective and most premium equipment on the market. The ultimate kinetic recovery kit is intended for those with a truck, Bronco, Jeep or 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, and has the capability to get you out of almost any off-road sticky situation. It includes the following:
(1) 30ft x 1” Kinetic Recovery Rope - 34,370lb MBS
(1) 10ft x 4” Tree Saver/Bridle Strap - 40,320lb MBS
(2) 3/4” D-Ring Shackles - 40,000lb MBS
(1) 22in x 1/2” Synthetic Soft Shackle - 46,050lb MBS
(1) Folding E-Tool Recovery Shovel
(1) 14pc Compact Tire Plug Repair Kit
(1) Camo Rope Storage Bag
(1) Ultimate Recovery Gear Storage Bag
At Rhino USA we pride ourselves in making the highest-quality off-road recovery and overlanding gear, to ensure that you have peace of mind whenever you are off the trail. All of our products come with a 100% lifetime warranty and are designed and tested right here in the USA.
Make sure to check out our full catalog of best-in-class recovery gear and off-road accessories at RhinoUSAinc.com!