I've used a number of vehicles over the years to haul us around the desert in our search for abandoned mines. For some reason I've always driven 4x4 vehicles.
I borrowed my roommate's truck when mine was being repaired. 1979 Ford short bed. Noisy, rough riding, and sucks gas at an amazing rate. But you just can't help grinning when you drive it.
My Trooper hauled me around for quite a few years. It was 4x4 with traction control and a limited-slip rear so it was quite good off road. It was also big enough to haul all the camping gear that I needed.
This was my "Purple Pig". It was a F-150 long bed 4x4. I did a lot of work to the truck and it was quite capable off-road. I added lights, CB, new stereo, and a lift kit. Even after all that work I never really got attached to the truck. Not sure why.
This is my current truck. It's an F-250 diesel 4x4. The thing is a beast. It's not a rock crawler, but we've gone places that I never thought we could (and probably shouldn't have). It's saved us a lot of long hikes to get to remote abandoned mines.