There are several features that set a great car for camping apart from the good. One that can handle itself when things get rough, allowing you to pursue camping spots with no fixed address. A car with enough cargo space to pack all your camping gear and double as a place to sleep in a pinch as well as having the strength to haul a boat, sporting equipment or camping trailer along. Tough, sturdy cars designed with the challenges of the great outdoors in mind, while transporting you and your family in comfort. If you’re after such a vehicle, then consider these top options.
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is clearly one of the leaders of the camping cars pack. Good fuel economy for a 4×4 of its size, the ability to handle difficult terrain, great towing capabilities for when you want to haul a boat, caravan or other sporting equipment along and an incredibly roomy cabin are stand out features. It can also seat up to eight people, or you can choose to remove the third row, sacrifice the kids play mates and benefit from a whopping 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space while still being able to seat 5 comfortably. There is also a handy 115-volt outlet you can use to power small appliances without draining the battery.
The Nissan Xterra off-road model was born for families with an active lifestyle. The Xterra has great ground clearance and tall tires, plus hill descent control and hill start assist making it ideal for rugged trail blazing. It’s strong and rugged, versatile and fun, and boasts an impressive and easy-to-clean cargo area. There’s also an adjustable channel system for securing and transporting bike racks and other gear, plus plenty of utility hooks and extra storage areas. Better yet, it won’t cost you a fortune, being considerably less expensive than other similar SUV’s with the same ambition.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The Jeep Wrangler has long been synonymous with outback camping trips, and it’s mainly down to its tremendous handling and prowess on rugged trails. Plus it’s just so much fun, with features such as removable metal doors and a fold-down windshield, exposing occupants to nature like no other vehicle. It’s not wise to keep everything so open while on the rocky trails though, while you’ll avoid windshield repair, you’ll be flogged by dust and debris. While past Jeep Wranglers don’t have quite the storage capabilities of the other vehicles on this list but the four-door Wrangler Unlimited has done a good job of rectifying this.
The clue is in the name. The Subaru Outback, an all-wheel drive station wagon, is iconic when it comes to outdoor enthusiasts. It’s dependable and surefooted, with good cargo space and the short height helps when loading and unloading all your camping gear, plus it has integrated roof racks as standard. While it doesn’t have quite the same capabilities on extreme off-road tracks as the above-mentioned vehicles, it has style and loads of it. If you’re a weekend warrior, who enjoys the occasion escape to the great outdoors, then the Subaru Outback is definitely worth considering.
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