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I have a super duty and a Jeep Wrangler, but I am curious how far down trails, beaches, muddy paths your seltos has been. I would love to see pictures as well if there are any. I see lots of pictures and hear stories from them in the snow; but these things are supposed to be direct competition with the Mazda CX-30 and the cross trek which I see lifted up and roof top tents and all kinds of gadgets on.

I imagine it will take time for the newness to wear off and aftermarket to catch on. But let’s see where you have been so far.
 

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Seltos isn't marketed as an "off road" vehicle. It's simply a compact SUV with AWD capabilities. The exact reason I purchased mine. I don't feel that it was designed with off road ruggedness in mind. When I'm in the mood to have fun off roading, I take my 85 CJ7. I'd be a tad uncomfortale going to trails, mud holes, etc with the Seltos. Tires are not made for it, suspension not made for it, lift height, etc. Also, through extensive research, I have found accessories such as rear tent extensions, etc
 

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While I would much rather take my wrangler down tight trails or my super duty for deeper mud holes, the nightfall is marketed as having increased ride height and skid plates. To me it sounds like it would be a competitor to the cross trek made by Subaru. I have had my seltos in softer sand at the beach and down some light logging roads and it did fantastic.

I will recommend that with the DCT 7 speed I put it in 1st and lock the center differential. It’s no jeep by any means but it performed how I would expect any subaru would do offroad.
 

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Off-road on tight trails probably not however I take my Seltos off road quite frequently.

A few pictures to share Don't be fooled by the smoothness of the trail. The one in the sunset involved navigating rather rutted and rough fire road to get to that spot. The other two are about two miles up from the main road and required navigation over an embankment designed to keep people out as well as a washed out dirt road.

I also aded one of the snow just for fun.



 

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Have you had any issues with the transmission getting hot such as in The Fast Lanes review of the seltos.
I have not yet however I think they were trying obstacles in smart mode which would not be my preferred choice.
 

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Have you had any issues with the transmission getting hot such as in The Fast Lanes review of the seltos.
I have not yet however I think they were trying obstacles in smart mode which would not be my preferred choice.
The only time I experienced issues with the transmission reaching the overheat level was in stop and go traffic in SoCal. I would agree that SMART mode is likely not the best when off road. All the reviews I have seen appear to be using the Seltos as a 4WD vehicle on some rather rogue terrain. Just as with any vehicle, you don't just drive wherever without knowing the limits of your vehicle. Rock climbing in a car designed for street use isn't the smartest idea.
 

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I have a super duty and a Jeep Wrangler, but I am curious how far down trails, beaches, muddy paths your seltos has been. I would love to see pictures as well if there are any. I see lots of pictures and hear stories from them in the snow; but these things are supposed to be direct competition with the Mazda CX-30 and the cross trek which I see lifted up and roof top tents and all kinds of gadgets on.

I imagine it will take time for the newness to wear off and aftermarket to catch on. But let’s see where you have been so far.
I’ve gone everywhere my friend has gone with his wrangler unlimited, unfortunately I haven’t photographed any of it . Only change made was the tires -same size , just went to a Goodyear all season . The factory tires bubbled and started separating at around 20k miles.
 
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