Half-ton Crew Cab 4×4 ( Z71, FX4, TRD)
There’s really no all-round do everything vehicle that can top what the half-ton pickup truck has achieved in the last decade. With the introduction of the crew cab, luxury trim options, and advanced off-roading technology, the Silverado, Sierra, F150, Ram, Titan and Tundra are all excellent bug-out vehicles straight off of the car lot, provided they’re properly equipped.
“Properly equipped” is code for four wheel drive, in case you were wondering. Upgraded packages, such as GM’s “z71 Off Road,” Ford’s FX4, or Toyota’s TRD package, come with higher ground clearances, skid plates, locking differentials, and additional traction control systems.
To be what we’d call a “full service BOV,” we highly recommend opting for the 4 door crew cab package. These trucks seat 5 adults comfortably in the cab, while leaving the entire bed to haul guns, food, generators, barrels of water or whatever else you could imagine.
And unlike the SUVs on this list, passengers don’t have to ride in the same space as the cargo. This is a big plus if you have to haul stinky cargo like gasoline, fertilizer, garbage,etc.
The one major downside when it comes to pickups, particularly 4 door trucks, is their semi-impractical size. If you live in an urban setting, say a downtown with lots of parking garages, then driving a full-sized pickup can be a white-knuckle experience.