8 Adventurous Vehicles Made for Camping
Smell that? Smells like Spring to me (probably my allergies). The bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping, and now is the perfect time to take you and that special someone camping. And by special someone I mean your dog. Bu there’s one big problem: you have a Miata, which in this case, is not the answer to your camping needs. You need something that’s rugged, spacious, and fuel efficient. Here are the eight cars you should be looking at. Chevrolet Colorado Diesel $33,520
With any pickup, the true usability is in the bed. But with the Colorado diesel, there are plenty other features that make it a more desirable option than anything else on the market. 4G LTE can get you to and fro without getting lost, while the diesel engine is more efficient with more torque in case you come across some tough terrain. And at the end of the day it’s still a truck, which is really what you need in a situation like this.
If you’re really going to do it, you might as well do it right. The EarthRoamer XV-LT is essentially a pickup truck on steroids; built for the rugged outdoors and any and all types of terrains. It may not exactly be the cheapest option on this list ($280,000), but if you’re serious about camping, get something that can seriously handle the task at hand.
The new Honda Ridgeline is less of a truck than most truck guys are probably looking for—but that’s very ok. It drives like a CR-V, but with the added rear capability of a bed, there’s plenty of room for everything you’ll need on your camping adventure.
With a towing capability of 5,000 pounds, and a max payload of 1,500 pounds, you’re more than able to bring with you what you need. Even better, you can stick a blow up mattress in the bed and strap a tent to the side and you’re off the ground away from any creepy crawlies.
Believe it or not, a big bookmark in the history of Mercedes-Benz is in off-road capability (see: G Wagen, Unimog, etc). The new GLC isn’t as rugged as say, a Unimog, but it has enough of the chops to get the job done. It’s comfortable, spacious, and you can keep the kids from irking you on the long drive with the in-car entertainment systems.
If a pickup isn’t your style, the four-wheel drive Mini Countryman might be your next best option. It’s got loads of space, it’s capable, and you can even buy a tent setup that snaps right to the roof (pictured here). Not much else to it.
Subaru as a brand has a reputation for being the rugged, adventurers vehicle of choice. The Outback is no different; it’s up for the task, whether you’re going camping, or going for a quick hike. With the seats folded down, there's 73.3 cubic-feet of usable room. That makes it spacious, affordable, and ready to tackle anything in its path.
Finally, you can tow something in your Toyota Prius. While the original Prius, Toyota assured, was not made to tow anything, the new one comes with an optional tow package with 1,598 pounds of towing capability. Not bad for a small, hybrid hatchback.
Volkswagen Golf R
It may not have the ground clearance or capability of a rugged SUV, but don’t discount the Volkswagen Golf R on its camping merits. It’s a hatchback, so it’s got plenty of room in the back—52.7 cubic feet to be exact—and the all-wheel drive system was essentially built for rallying. That way you can scare your significant other driving like Tanner Foust on those backwoods dirt roads.