If you’re getting ready for some epic road trips, you should make sure you have a vehicle that’s ready for an adventure.
We have some great vehicle options for you to think about, whether you’re going car camping, to the National Parks, or just out for a day of hiking with your dog.
Here is what the experts had to say about what the best adventure cars are.
1. Toyota RAV4
Sharon Gourlay of Tasmania Explorer loves the Toyota RAV4 for road trips and adventures in the outdoors.
If you are a two-person family or someone who likes to go on adventures with a dog, this small compact SUV has plenty of room for car camping and visiting National parks.
This car has a lot of space for people and things, and it also gets great gas mileage. It’s also made by one of the most reliable car companies.
So, if you want to go on an adventure but don’t have a lot of money, this is a great choice and should last you for years.
2. Toyota Tacoma
Jake McKenzie of Auto Accessories Garage really likes the Toyota Tacoma for overlanding trips.
Fans affectionately call the standard Tacoma “Taco,” and it comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, so it’s better for hard work off-roading than for a quiet drive on the highway.
The Tacoma has a ground clearance of more than 9 inches and a wide stance. This, along with the standard Fox shocks, lets it crawl over terrain that other models can’t.
It also has Toyota’s Crawl Control, which changes the throttle and brakes for rougher terrain so the driver can focus more on steering.
3. Mercedes G-Class
Car Coach Reports’ Lauren Fix says that the Mercedes G-Class is a good choice
This SUV was put together by hand in Austria. The Mercedes G-Class is one of the most useful cars, especially in harsh conditions.
It looks like an off-road vehicle, but it drives like a race car and comes with an AMG performance package.
4. Ford Ranger
Autocraze’s Kevin Roy says that the Ford Ranger is a good choice.
At Autocraze, there has been a lot of interest in pick-up trucks as the best choice for both daily driving and weekend fun.
Customers love to make their trucks fit their needs, whether that’s with a wench for emergencies, bull bars for extra protection, or roof racks for more space.
The Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier are some of the most popular makes and models we see. The mid-size market is more popular than ever.
5. Kia Sportage SUV
Jon Smith of Camper Guide likes the 4 Cylinder AWD Kia Sportage SX Turbo.
This small SUV is one of the best choices for adventurers who want to take a big trip soon.
The Nightfall Edition and Nightfall Edition Premium packages are available on the S trim of the 2021 model. The Nightfall packages replace the S Sunroof and Premium Package options from last year. They also add piano black trim pieces to the front bumper, side skirts, front and rear skid plates, and fog light surrounds.
And with that great Kia warranty, it’s hard to go wrong with this cheap adventure SUV.
6. Citroen Berlingo Van
Iain Miller of Unique Ascent swears by Citroen Berlingo vans with three seats. For those of you outside the US, Berlingo vans have three seats.
These vehicles are built to last and look great. They use a lot of the same parts as the vans in the Peugeot Partner line.
Both of these vans are very common in Ireland, the UK, and most of mainland Europe, which makes it easy to find parts if you need them. In the nine years I’ve been driving these vans, I’ve never had a breakdown or even a small problem that I had to fix, like changing a light bulb or topping off a fluid.
I do have a local garage service the van every year, and on average, it travels 20,000 km each year. On average, a tank of Diesel lasts me about 750 km, which is about 60 km per gallon.
This means that both of my vans have been very reliable and not very expensive to run. It has a good high wheelbase that lets you drive on roads and alleyways with more bumps.
This is a must-have for people who go to places that might not be easy to find. It has three seats, so I can take two people with me. Since I mostly guide single people and couples, this makes it much more flexible.
If there are no other people in the van, I can fold down the front seat flat and fit a single sit-on-top kayak inside. These may be the only reasons why I like this brand and model of car. The other reasons I like it are the same ones I like about other cars in the same class.
These included how easy it was to load and unload, how big the cargo space was, and how the driver’s cab was made and how well it worked. I was a marine engineer before I became an outdoor instructor, so my opinion of my car is based on how well it works and how it looks.
7. Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback is recommended by Kaitlyn Short of Best Company.
Subaru is known for making cars that are reliable and perform well. The Subaru Outback is a great choice for people who like to be outside.
The Subaru Outback comes with all-wheel drive as standard, so it can be used to go off-road. The vehicle also has a lot of room for equipment and luggage to be stored.
The Subaru Outback can pull up to 2,700 pounds, which is enough for a small trailer for jet skis, snowmobiles, canoes, kayaks, etc.
8. Toyota’s TRD Sport Trailer at SEMA360
At SEMA360, Anatolii Ulitovskyi from CA Movers suggests the TRD Sport Trailer from Toyota.
It comes with a Tacoma bed that has everything you need. This choice is for people who want a comfortable trip.
I want to travel for at least three to five weeks in a row, so this is the best option for me. I love to cook outside, and I have everything I need to do so, including a jumbo-sized domestic fridge-freezer, a sink, and a cooktop line.
There might be a fresh water source in the form of a water tank. This sports trailer could be the best in a year or two.
9. 2021 GMC Sierra AT4
Emilie Sims from GMC says that the 2021 GMC Sierra AT4 is a good choice.
The 2021 GMC Sierra AT4 can go off-road and has the first and almost indestructible CarbonPro bed in the industry (perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to throw all of their gear in).
As well as the MultiPro tailgate, which is the most advanced tailgate on the market and lets people step right into the bed, fit more gear, or set up the perfect cooking/camping setup while on the go.
The truck also has a 2 lift that came from the factory.
10. Ford F-150 Raptor
The Ford F-150 Raptor comes highly recommended by Vans Pat of Gifting Area.
The F-150 Raptor is made entirely of aluminium, which helps with its structure and overall durability on all sorts of adventures.
It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin turbos and intercooling that is more than enough for an all-terrain drive.
The F-150 is a 450-horsepower beast that costs $49,000 and will get you to your destination no matter what.
11. Toyota CH-R
Wild Bird World’s Gerallt Hywel likes the Toyota CH-R.
Even though I don’t have a vehicle that’s made for camping or going on adventures, it’s been great.
My 2019 Toyota CH-R gets good gas mileage and handles like a small car, but it has a big trunk (especially when the seats are folded down) and does well in snow and mud.
It’s a crossover that gives me everything I need all year long.
I would recommend it to anyone who needs the same things I do, which are cheap gas mileage and a lot of space inside the car.
12. Land Rover Ranger Rover
Luxury Cars A2Z’s Rolf Hansen likes the Land Rover Ranger Rover (or any Land Rover).
Land Rover/Range Rover has the best luxury, style, comfort, and features if you have the money and want more than a “mountain goat” to go anywhere.
No matter where you want to go, they make the best off-road vehicle in the world. They look like they were made for people who like to take risks.
And you don’t have to worry about breaking down on your trip because maintenance and service are included in the price.
13. Jeep Cherokee
Camping Forge’s Mark Wilcox likes the classic Jeep Cherokee.
Jeep has always been known as a car that can go off-road and go anywhere, and the Jeep Cherokee is no different.
This car is great for a camping trip with the family or a weekend trip with the guys.
14. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is a good choice, says Thomas Kanze of Nomadific.
A practical, cheap hatchback that looks like it could be a crossover.
Even though the car looks small at first glance, it has a lot of room inside.
The car is great for long-distance travel because it has a high ground clearance of 180 mm and handles well on any road.
The trunk can hold about 430 litres, but you can fold down the back seats to add another 445 litres. Also, the seat in the back is very comfortable, so you can easily fall asleep there.
15. Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra is a favourite of ATVA online’s Matt Price. It’s a great way to move large things.
An ATV can easily fit in the back! And if you fold down the back gate, you can fit a snowmobile in the Tundra.
But this car uses a lot of gas, so you’ll have to forget about that if you decide to buy it. But because it is a Toyota, it is also very reliable.
Since it’s a pick-up, it’s mostly meant to carry big things, but you can also put a good roof box on it to carry other things.
16. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is a good choice, says Alex Williams of Turbo Gadget Reviews.
The car looks strong, stylish, powerful, energetic, and comfortable. It is a great model from a well-known off-road car company.
The 3.6-liter, 286-horsepower V6 engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is enough to handle any kind of road. Even though the car is heavy and has all-wheel-drive systems, it doesn’t get very good gas mileage.
This car’s Air suspension Quadra-Lift gives it interesting off-road capabilities. It can be lifted up to 27cm (10.6 inches) from the ground. The car will stiffen up, but you won’t notice it that much.
There is up to 1027 litres of space behind the back seats, making it one of the best options when it comes to trunk size.
17. Subaru Crosstrek
The Subaru Crosstrek is a good choice for adventures, says Michelle Henry of Outdoor Dog Fun.
As a big fan of the outdoors, the Subaru Crosstrek has enough room for all of your outdoor gear and for you to bring your dog with you on your trips.
It gets a lot of miles per gallon, which makes it great for long trips.
It has a lot of space for cargo, so it’s a great choice for car camping.
18. Nissan Rogue
The Body Training’s Alex Newsome likes the Nissan Rogue.
The Nissan Rogue is a great choice for an adventure vehicle if you don’t have a big family.
This small SUV gets good gas mileage and has enough space for all of your gear and supplies for an adventure.
Just don’t try to drive it off-road because it doesn’t have four-wheel drive. If not, it’s great for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
19. Scion xB
The Scion xB is a favourite of Kieren from That Hammock Life.
Even though they stopped making this boxy little SUV in 2015, you should look for a used one before going on a trip.
Since it has that boxy design, there is an amazing amount of cargo space in the back, which makes it perfect for going on camping trips.
I did a two month road trip visiting National Parks and did car camping with my Scion xB.