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Best Vehicles For Endgame Season 6 – SnowRunner

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By Yorm

Shortlist of vehicles that are well suited for endgame, written as of Season 6. Refer to the Complete truck guide instead for an overview of all trucks.

I. Foreword

Refer to Leandro’s Complete truck guide for an overview of all vehicles. This opinion piece was meant to answer a simple question: which trucks you should be looking out for to get the best performance on difficult trails (as of Season 6).

Base game maps can be completed with pretty much any vehicle. Moreover, if you’re having fun driving a certain truck – great, doesn’t matter if it’s effective, fun is what we’re here for.

However, I bumped into Amur very early and hit a brick wall: most trucks performed very poorly.

Here are a few hard-learned lessons:

1. Compact cranes are very useful. Self-explaining for hardmode, yet even on normal it (a) allows to recover from a mistake instead of sending a potentially very time-consuming rescue operation and (b) allows you to use the same truck in different types of mission without going back to the garage, simplifying logistics.

As a workaround, Loadstar can be winched to your trailer as a “compact” crane.

2. Tire size matters A LOT. All things equal, every extra inch makes the truck progressively better in hard terrain. There’s a world of difference between pushing your bumper through snow and gracefully carrying it over, especially with sticks and stones littering said snow, not to mention the extra grip/stability/approach and departure angles from larger tires.

3. Always-on diff lock saves time and fuel. While everything struggles on hard terrain, trucks with perma-locks traverse light to moderate off-road faster, which also helps preserve fuel by cutting time and engine strain.

Fine-tune transmissions are highly recommended for trucks with switchable diff locks, as you can emulate “always on” mode at least occasionally with low ++ gear.

That said, the list below aims to highlight trucks that remain useful in harsh environments.

As a note, it ignores support vehicles, as you’ll generally drive them on “highways” before parking on some crossing, so pretty much any truck with terrain-fitting tires and a combination of fuel/service modules and trailers depending on map needs will do. Tatra 805, Warthog and Ford F750 can also be used for it, as they’re smaller, faster and easier to drive on-road.

In the list below “fuel endurance” refers to the distance the truck can be expected to cover without refueling. For instance, Kolobs have scary consumption figures per minute, yet they are rarely slowed down by terrain, so the distance you can expect to cover is still respectable. Roof racks are also taken into account where applicable.

II. Sideboard + sideboard + crane trucks

Feel free to use flatbeds if you’re confident and/or need a bit more power.

5. Voron D-53233

Starter truck

Tires: 6×50`

Difflock: always on

Stability: moderate

Fuel endurance: poor

Acquisition: purchasable in Russia from day 1

Upgrades: Taymyr

Vorons are good non-heavies in general; this version has slightly less power and an unchangeable off-road transmission, yet can comfortably mount the much desired ssc combo.

Notable loadouts: sideboard + sideboard + crane, low saddle + crane, high saddle + crane.

4. Tayga 6455B

Best 6-wheeler out there

Tires: 6×51`, balloon mudtires

Difflock: always on

Stability: good

Fuel endurance: moderate

Acquisition: Season 6 DLC, acquired for free in Maine

Upgrades: Taymyr, Maine

Placeholder image for now. Longer wheelbase than the standard Tayga, allowing for ssc loadout and even better stability, although in rare situations it can get bottomed out. The only real downside is acquisition difficulty: you will have access to better heavies by the time you unlock this one. Nevertheless, it’s still useful in endgame for more speed on relatively simple trails.

Notable loadouts: sideboard + sideboard + crane, low saddle + crane, high saddle + crane.

3. Paystar 5600TS

Heavy 3-slot, long logger

Tires: 10×50`

Difflock: switchable

Stability: moderate

Fuel endurance: moderate

Acquisition: Season 3 DLC, acquired for free in Wisconsin

Upgrades: Michigan, Wisconsin

There are more pleasant heavies to drive, this thing is long and could use a bit more power and fuel. However, it’s the only truck out there that can mount a 3-slot frame along with a crane, and it doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. Also great as a logger.

Notable loadouts: 3-slot-sideboard + sideboard + crane, low saddle + crane (not recommended), long log + log crane, short log + medium log + log crane, service module + low saddle.

2. Azov 73210

Fast workhorse, heavy crane

Tires: 10×50`, countersteer

Difflock: always on

Stability: superb

Fuel endurance: good

Acquisition: purchasable in Russia from level 20

Upgrades: Taymyr, Amur for suspension (must have)

It’s fast for a heavy, with always on lock, good grip from the sheer number of tires and great turning radius further increasing your effective speed. Has a lot of frame options, including 3-slot beds (won’t fit with crane, though). Also pretty great as a heavy crane thanks to its stability. My default truck for non-masochistic routes.

HOWEVER! The truck has a low-hanging nose, making vertical off-roading problematic. Active suspension helps a lot, but does not alleviate the issue, and the upgrade is a pain to get.

Notable loadouts: sideboard + sideboard + crane, low saddle + crane, long log + log crane, 3-slot-sideboard+sideboard, heavy maintenance, heavy crane.

1. Tatra FORCE T815-7

Sturdy workhorse

Tires: 8×50`, individual suspension

Difflock: switchable

Stability: superb

Fuel endurance: superb

Acquisition: Season 5 DLC, acquired for free in Rostov

Upgrades: Taymyr, Rostov

Has roof rack, low fuel consumption, great suspension, rarely takes any damage – and comes with a unique powerful compact crane. It ain’t fast, though, despite having enough power; fine-tune gearbox is highly recommended. Frame options are also somewhat limited.

Keep in mind that using the crane on a heavy trailer might require you to detach and drive back a bit first, especially with long cargo.

Notable loadouts: sideboard + sideboard + stronger crane, high saddle + stronger crane.

Why no Bandit? Well, while perfect on paper, Bandit has stupidly vulnerable suspension that blows up every time you sneeze while driving. Also it can barely turn with sideboard + sideboard + crane loadout.

III. Other notable crane trucks

Aramatsu Forester

Medium logger

Tires: 8×52`, mudtires only

Difflock: switchable

Stability: moderate

Fuel endurance: moderate

Acquisition: Season 6 DLC, acquired for free in Maine

Upgrades: Taymyr, Maine

Not much to see here, only vehicle capable of mounting medium log + medium log + log crane combo. Could also carry short log + medium log + log crane, but nothing else.

Has no snorkel and no chain tires, so careful with water in any form. Articulated truck, not particularly fast, but gets the job done – most landscapes can’t argue with 8×52’.

Notable loadouts: medium log + medium log + log crane, short log + medium log + log crane.

Tayga 6436

Free starter truck

Tires: 6×51`, balloon mudtires

Difflock: always on

Stability: good

Fuel endurance: moderate

Acquisition: acquired in Taymyr for free

Upgrades: Taymyr

Great starter truck. Doesn’t excel at anything, yet is pretty good in every aspect – and can be acquired very easily. Still useful late game to speed up easier contracts.

Notable loadouts: low saddle + crane, high saddle + crane.

Azov 5319

Sprinter

Tires: 8×50`

Difflock: always on

Stability: good

Fuel endurance: poor

Acquisition: purchaseable in Russia from level 14

Upgrades: Taymyr

Compared to the heavy Azov, this thing is slightly inferior in most respects, but faster thanks to being in the off-road class, and has no nose problems. Useful to speed up simpler contracts, just watch the fuel.

Notable loadouts: low saddle + crane, high saddle + crane.

IV. Big tire trucks

Overkill for most maps, as they come with downsides utility-wise, yet in harder regions quite a few routes are not feasible without them.

5. Pacific P12

Heavy maintenance, heavy crane

Tires: 6×57`

Difflock: always on

Stability: good

Fuel endurance: good

Acquisition: purchasable in USA from day 1

Upgrades: Alaska

Cargo-wise can only mount high saddle, plus both power and grip are not the best. However, it is pretty stable, and long enough to mount heavy support modules, making it a great choice as a rescue or crane vehicle.

Notable loadouts: heavy crane, heavy maintenance, large fuel.

4. BOAR 45318

Swap-in ice tug

Tires: 6×58`, no mudtires

Difflock: switchable

Stability: moderate

Fuel endurance: moderate

Acquisition: purchasable in Russia from day 1

Upgrades: Taymyr

Really fast. Not that good off-road, and is limited to high saddle only, but still useful as a swap-in tractor to drag a heavy trailer over an icy overpass in hard maps before switching back to a truck with mudtires.

Notable loadouts: high saddle only.

3. Azov 42-20 Antarctic

Ice breaker

Tires: 6×71`, mudtires only, articulated truck

Difflock: switchable

Stability: moderate once you’ve learnt counter-articulation, otherwise poor, especially with heavy/tall cargo

Fuel endurance: moderate

Acquisition: purchasable in Russia from level 26

Upgrades: Taymyr

High centre of gravity and lacking frame options make it a very situational vehicle. Can be rather useful for pulling cargo through ice (usually you can and should go around, though) or across very deep mud/snow.

Notable loadouts: sideboard + sideboard

2. Kolob brothers

Heavy trailer tugs

Tires: 8×59`, mudtires only

Difflock: switchable (worse one) or always on (better one)

Stability: superb

Fuel endurance: good

Acquisition: purchasable in Russia from day 1 (worse one) or level 22 (better one)

Upgrades: Taymyr, Yukon for active suspension

The ultimate trucks for heavy trailers, especially with suspension upgrade. Very good grip thanks to weight and tire size, fairly comfortable with rocky terrains.

Notable loadouts: high saddle only.

1. Zikr 650R

Ultimate truck, heavy scout

Tires: 8×61`, mudtires only

Difflock: always on

Stability: good

Fuel endurance: superb

Acquisition: Season 4 DLC, acquired for free in Amur

Upgrades: Taymyr

Tatra on steroids. Lacks crane and frame options, yet has an always-on lock and huge tires. Pretty much the best option for getting through the hardest terrain with cargo. By the time you get to it you’ll realize how much you need it.

Be mindful of trailer clipping on the truck’s cargo bed during vertical off-roading.

Notable loadouts: sideboard + sideboard.

Why no Twinsteer? Well, tires are great, but it’s tippy as hell, not to mention constant issues with fitting into turns and bottoming out. If you can complete the route on a Twinsteer, you can do it with a superheavy trailer snatched to a Kolob, and that’s double the cargo capacity.

VI. Scouts

In harder maps you may want to scout with a big tire truck and/or tug a scout along to the narrow trail that it has to climb, as even the best scout vehicles tend to suck in deep ice/snow/mud.

Fuel and stability are less important for these, as they all have roof racks and autonomous winches.

International Loadstar 1700

Early scout, ice scout

Tires: 4×41`, no mudtires

Difflock: always on

Acquisition: purchasable from day 1 in US

Upgrades: Michigan, suspension in Alaska

You may want to rush to the suspension upgrade.

Easy to drive small vehicle with lots of power. Can mount a compact crane, doing pickup missions with a scout trailer or getting winched to a Kolob+trailer combo as a compensator for its lack of crane options.

Chevrolet Apache

Starter scout

Tires: 6×44`

Difflock: always on

Acquisition: vehicle DLC

Upgrades: very first zone in Michigan

Don’t get excited with the wheels, Apache uses unique tires with horrible grip coefficients as a means to balance it out. Also cannot use any trailers.

Slow but steady, with considerable amount of repair parts and 360 lamps. Will serve you just fine until you can upgrade to YAR.

YAR 87

Ultimate scout

Tires: 6×49`, semi-balloon mudtires

Difflock: always on

Acquisition: purchasable in Russia from level 10

Upgrades: Taymyr

Decent roof rack, largest scout tires in the game, can use scout trailers. Somewhat large and tippy, if you need a smaller vehicle – unpack the Loadstar and winch it to the destination.

TUZ 420 Tatarin

Mud dweller

Tires: 8×48`, mudtires only

Difflock: always on

Acquisition: acquired for free in Taymyr

Upgrades: Taymyr

Uses cheat-tires with stupidly high mud grip, allowing it to swim in mud and snow with no issues.

Nevertheless, it’s a situational exploration-only vehicle: small roof rack and no trailer options, large turning radius, no snorkel (although the default intake is fairly high), no chain tires.

TUZ 16 Actaeon

Get-things-done scout

Tires: 4×47`, balloon mudtires

Difflock: switchable

Acquisition: Season 1 DLC, found for free in Kola Peninsula

Upgrades: Taymyr, Kola Peninsula

Drive carefully, short wheelbase and low mass get this truck thrown around a lot. While inferior to Yar as a scout, and harder to get, it’s nevertheless worth mentioning as a small vehicle with a lot of utility:

– autonomous medium (!) winch;

– stupid amount of power;

– roof rack that fits with any frame option;

– service module option, allowing to carry around more parts than even F750;

– can use normal trailers (not scout ones);

– can equip 1-slot sideboard + sideboard + crane.

But we love driving the F750! True, long wheelbase makes it easy to control, and the amount of utility is nice. However, 4*45` with no mudtires won’t get you far on harder maps, not to mention constant bottoming out, and if you have to winch it anyway – better grab the smaller and relatively more powerful Loadstar.

VII. Afterword

Now go get them tires spinning!

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