This paper discusses the research methodologies utilized for developing a suspension system for a four wheel-drive terrain vehicles. The main research methods can be identified as literature studies; design processes by applying CAD systems, numerical analyses methods, mathematical modeling and simulation, optimization of the mechanical systems, as well as the comparison, analysis, and evaluation of the obtained results. The proposed suspension system for the terrain vehicle was successfully derived at from a classic double wishbone control arm. Optimization of the suspension parameters for passive ones is performed by Multi Objective Genetic Algorithms, whilst for active damping force by employing Hooke-Jeeves non-linear programming method. On the basis of comprehensive analysis it is shown the active systems are more adequate. The proposed suspension design provides relatively small lateral wheel motion, zero camber angles, and effectively absorbs the vibrations caused by road excitation.