Anglers and hunters tend to be tough on their vehicles. In our drive to get to remote fishing and hunting territory, we sometimes have to push our modes of transportation to the limit. Here are 10 of the best new pickups and SUVs that can rise to the challenge. They’ll get you, your gear and your buddies to where you want to go, and back home again—in comfort and style.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VEHICLES FEATURED HERE, PLEASE CONTACT THE RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURERS. PRICES ARE FOR MENTIONED MODELS; SPECS ARE FOR THE 4x4 VERSIONS.

PICKUPS

CHEVROLET

Silverado 1WT 4x4 Double Cab

2014 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71

MSRP: $34,160

Winner of the 2014 North American Truck of the Year, the Silverado is available in a trio of EcoTec3 engines—a V6 and two V8s. Steering, suspension and brakes have all been revised for a better ride and handling. It comes in a regular, double or crew cab version in either two- or four-wheel drive. And there are plenty of handy options, including the CornerStep bumper and handholds for easier access to cargo in the box, and the Max Trailering Package for heavy-duty hauling.

  • ENGINE: 5.3L V8   HORSEPOWER: 355
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 13/8.7
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 5,216 kilograms

LEARN MORE: www.gm.ca

DODGE

Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 4x4

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

MSRP: $29,295

The first-ever back-to-back winner of *Motor Trend* magazine’s Truck of the Year award, the Ram 1500 is available in 10 models, including one tailor-made for anglers and hunters—the Outdoorsman. It comes equipped with on/off-road tires, tow hooks, fog lamps, heavy-duty shock absorbers (on 4x4 models) and a 121-litre fuel tank. And new this year, it’s available with a diesel engine.

  • ENGINE: 3.6L V6   HORSEPOWER: 305
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 11.4/7.8    
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 3,379 kilograms

LEARN MORE: www.ramtruck.ca

GMC

Sierra Double Cab 4x4

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MSRP: $34,775

Another award winner, the Sierra was chosen this year as the Best New Pickup by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. Closely related to the Silverado, it has the same three engine options, as well as towing and fuel-efficiency ratings. Outdoorsfolk may want to consider the all-terrain package, which comes with fog lights, heated front bucket seats, heavy-duty trailering capabilities and more.

  • ENGINE: 5.3L V8   HORSEPOWER: 355
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 13/8.7
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 5,216 kilograms

LEARN MORE: www.gm.ca

FORD F-150 XLT 4x4

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MSRP: $30,999

Able to haul heavy loads with ease, the F-150 has long been a popular choice for outdoorsmen. There’s a reason why it’s Canada’s bestselling vehicle for more than 45 years. There are 10 different models available with four different engine options, including a new 3.5L EcoBoostV6 for cheaper trips to the pumps. The Trailer Sway Control feature, which helps maintain trailer control through selective wheel braking and reduced engine torque, is standard on all models.

  • ENGINE: 3.7L V6   HORSEPOWER: 302
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 12.4/8.6
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 5,126 kilograms

LEARN MORE: www.ford.ca

NISSAN

Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab

2014 Nissan Titan

MSRP: $46,198

Available in a king or crew cab with three possible bed lengths, as well as the largest standard engine in its class, the Titan not only looks sharp, it can work hard. The Titan PRO-4X model offers special off-road equipment, including beefed-up shock absorbers, a lower final gear ratio, two skid plates and locking rear differential.

  • ENGINE: 5.6L V8   HORSEPOWER: 317
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 17.8/12.2
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 4,309 kilograms

LEARN MORE: www.nissan.ca

TOYOTA

Tundra SR 4x4

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MSRP: $34,825

With its aggressive new grille and raised hood, the redesigned 2014 Tundra will cast a commanding shadow on the road or the trail. It’s offered in 10 models and a total of 30 different configurations. The 6½-foot box on the double cab SR has plenty of room to cart gear into the back of beyond. And along with Toyota’s legendary 4x4 capability, the Tundra is available with an off-road package for extra confidence on gnarly mud and rock crawls.

  • ENGINE: 4.6L V8   HORSEPOWER: 310
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 15.3/10.8
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 2,945 kilograms

LEARN MORE: www.toyota.ca

SUVS

RANGE ROVER

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MSRP: $114,990

Boasting the “ultimate in luxury, capability and performance,” the all-wheel-drive Range Rover SC has options sure to appeal to adventurous—and discriminating—outdoorsmen and women. Especially notable is the vehicle’s “terrain response” system that monitors ground conditions and automatically optimizes the drivetrain and suspension to handle almost any driving situation.

  • ENGINE: 5.0L V8   HORSEPOWER: 510
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 16.2/10.4
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 3,500 kilograms

 LEARN MORE: www.landrover.com

JEEP

Cherokee Sport 4x4

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

MSRP: $25,895

Named the 2014 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, the Jeep Cherokee promises a superior on-road ride and handling, along with Jeep’s legendary 4x4 performance. The new Selec-Terrain traction-control system allows drivers to select up to five customized modes—auto, snow, sport, sand/mud and rock—so all manner of path to adventure can be explored.

  • ENGINE: 3.2L V6   HORSEPOWER: 271
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 11.1/7.4
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 2,041 kilograms

 LEARN MORE: www.jeep.ca

DODGE

Durango SXT 4x4

2014 Dodge Durango Limited

MSRP: $39,995

With room for seven and plenty of cargo, the Durango can be paired with either a 290-horsepower V6 or a 360-horsepower Hemi V8. Either will provide power and torque, as well as surprisingly decent fuel efficiency with low emissions. Dodge calls it the SUV with the ride, handling and fuel economy of a crossover.

  • ENGINE: 3.6L V6   HORSEPOWER: 290
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 12.4/8.3
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 2,812 kilograms

 LEARN MORE: www.dodge.ca

TOYOTA

4RUNNER SR5 4x4

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MSRP: $37,900

Unlike many of its competitors, which have switched to a unibody frame, the 4Runner is still constructed body-on-frame. Meaning? It might be heavier than some vehicles in its class, but it really performs off-road. It boasts a host of available technologies to help navigate the most difficult terrain, such as hill-start assist control, which, as you might guess, reduces vehicle rollback when starting on a steep incline or slippery surfaces.

  • ENGINE: 4.0L V6   HORSEPOWER: 270
  • City/highway litres/100 km: 12.7/9.4
  • TOWING CAPACITY: 2,268 kilograms

 LEARN MORE: www.toyota.ca

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