If you’re an avid camper, you know how important an appropriate vehicle can be. You’ll want something good on gas, reliable, with 4WD of course, and plenty of storage space. Here are 7 of the absolute best SUVs and trucks for weekend camping excursions on the market right now:
1. 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
If you’re looking to grab some friends and go anywhere, this is the SUV for you. With a removable roof, seating for up to 5 people, and all the rugged features you expect in a Jeep, what more could you ask for. Combine high ground clearance with ultra-durable tires for the ability to climb those mountain roads to your favorite camping spot.
2. Ford F150
The Ford F150 is the perfect amount of power for everyday use, plus weekend camping excursions. Tow along your outdoor toys, fill the bed with your camping essentials, and keep your friends or family members comfortable and safe in a 4-door cab. The F150 gets the best gas mileage of the F-line so it’s a realistic commuter vehicle with the flexibility of a pickup truck whenever you need it.
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
If you plan to tow anything while camping but don’t necessarily want a pickup truck, this Jeep is for you. The V8 option lets you tow up to 7,400 pounds of trailer weight behind you so you can bring out the motorcycles, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and anything else you can trailer and take. You’ll also get the roomy but secure interior of a Jeep that some people prefer over an open-bed truck.
4. 2017 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X
With 20 mpg on the highway, and special off-road features like 4LO gearing and Bilstein gas shocks and skid plates, the Xterra is ready for any urban or not-so-urban environment. A high roof adds extra head room and storage space so you can take along everyone and everything you want. Fold up the back seats and sleep right in the back of this boxy SUV if you want. Don’t forget about the roof rack that makes taking along extra storage, a kayak, and other camping essentials a breeze.
5. 2017 GMC Acadia
This SUV is a tough one to beat. It’s also just plain tough. You can fit up to seven passengers in here comfortably, or use the 79 cubic feet of storage space for your tents, coolers, inflatable kayaks, and other camping gear. The high clearance of the suspension lets you drive over rough terrain to get to your favorite camping spot, while the luxury trimmings and accessories inside are anything but rough.
6. Subaru Forester
Combine the high ground clearance of the Jeep Grand Cherokee with just under the cargo space of the GMC Acadia (74.7 cubic feet), with all-wheel drive and an average of 32 mpg and you get the impressive and versatile crossover Subaru Forester. There’s a reason these vehicles are all-around favorites.
7. Ford Expedition
If you want the option to tow up to 6,000 pounds while still fitting up to 8 passengers, this SUV is for you. The EcoBoost V6 engine gives you the torque and power you need, while making it a very fuel-efficient vehicle, even while towing.
8. Toyota Sienna
Yes, it’s a minivan, but it’s also the only minivan with all wheel drive. If you need to carry along a lot of people and a lot of stuff, this is a really great option. You’ll get the interior room of a van with the all wheel drive capabilities to escape the pavement, and an average of between 16 and 23 mpg. While it’s definitely not the most rugged option, nor will you be able to off-road, this may be the best option for people with large families who value weekend getaways.
9. Chevy Silverado LTZ
This 4WD, 4 door beast actually gets excellent gas mileage at about 20 mpg. It also has supreme towing capabilities, letting you tow up to 12,000 pounds of your favorite camping toys or a trailer. The cab’s inside has luxury touches like leather seats, power outlets, and a touchscreen display. Tie-down hooks and a cargo box let you take along what you need and do so safely. When you want to take the family on a 4WD weekend camping trip, you can’t go wrong with the power and comfort of the Silverado LTZ.
10. Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0 Limited
For the weekend camper who isn’t trying to go to the ends of the earth with everything in tow, this small crossover is a perfect option. You’ll get excellent gas mileage —over 30 mpg average — and almost 9 full inches of ground clearance in an all-wheel drive package. For driving down basic dirt roads and getting a little off the beaten path, you can’t go wrong with this Subaru.
Now that you have a vehicle picked out or narrowed down at least, read up on these camping tips and tricks to really get the most out of your weekends!