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The chances are your 4wd won’t be winning any awards for fuel economy. It’s just the way it is. It takes a decent-sized engine with a bit of grunt to pull your wagon through the rough bits, and that means fuel consumption is going to be higher than an everyday car. Modern diesels are a lot more frugal than they used to be, and that helps, but off road vehicles are still thirsty beasts.  

When you’re driving off road one thing you can never have too much of is torque. Modern smart transmissions will get you through a lot of rough ground but at the end of the day you can’t beat sheer pulling power, especially if you’re towing a trailer or carrying a heavy load. In soft ground, on slopes or dragging yourself up a rock crawl, having plenty of torque will give you more control and more ability to power through the toughest patches.

The chances are, if you’re seriously into off-roading, you take good care of your engine and it’s pretty reliable. After all you know how serious it could be if you had a major breakdown deep in the bush. Keeping all the mechanical bits clean and well maintained is essential, but don’t overlook prevention either. One way to prevent your intake from collecting soot and oil is to install a catch can.