Many shoppers looking for trail-friendly vehicles start with body-on-frame SUVs. It’s a wise choice, but there are also a number of 4X4 crossovers that perform well off-road. In fact, most of Jeep’s “Trail-Rated” SUVs — all but the Wrangler line — are technically crossovers. That means they were built using the same sort of unibody construction as a car, with the frame and key body parts designed as a single unit.
Nor is Jeep the only company that can put bona fide off-road capability into a crossover-style package. You can confidently leave the beaten path in capable choices from high-end luxury brands, too, along with entries from other mainstream names. All of them can also be surprisingly civilized when you return to the pavement. Here are 10 crossovers that perform well off-road.