With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going for a summer vacation and how you’re going to get there.
Whether you just want to get out of the city or get as far out from civilization as possible, travel for lovers of the great outdoors requires a certain type of vehicle. But, you need to consider where you want to go and what you need to pack before choosing the right vehicle for your trip.
For the Urban Explorer
The Subaru Outback is a great combination for the person who needs a practical city car but still likes to get out every once in a while. Measuring in at just under 16-feet long, the Outback is the longest of the bunch, which makes it easier to fold down the seats and pack longer items like snowboards or bikes. The Outback is also a great car in terms of its gas mileage, being rated for 33 and 25 miles per gallon on the highway and in the city, respectively. This can help you keep your costs low when traveling.
For the Off-Roader
Jeeps have always been associated with the outdoors, and the latest models are no exception. With a ground clearance of 10 inches, four-wheel drive and a large towing capacity, the Jeep Wrangler is a prime example of a vehicle suited for off-roading. You used to have to give up some amenities when buying a Jeep, but that isn’t the case anymore. You now can plug your MP3 player or phone into the speakers to listen to music, and you also can wash the interior floor panels with a hose, thanks to the built-in drain plugs. Features like these keep the Wrangler at the top of the list for many outdoors enthusiasts.
For the In-Between Customer
If you need a car that will look equally as good in the city and down a mountain pass, the Nissan XTerra may be a good fit for you. As with the other two cars, the XTerra has better than average ground clearance, which is good for rough terrain. It also has a spacious interior, so you can fit a good amount of people and gear inside. This vehicle also has lots of the little perks that you might not have considered, such as hide-away storage, built-in anchor points for tying equipment down and built-in stepping points for reaching the roof. All of these features come in handy when packing your car for a weekend camping trip or excursion into the mountains.
Choosing the perfect car can be a challenge if you don’t know what to look for. Just be sure to achieve a balance between your wants and needs for both your urban and rural life. And, before buying anything, know what sort of sport or outdoor activities you want to pursue, where you want to do them and any other factors that will help you decide which is the perfect car for you.