While many people choose to take their camping trips in the summer months, we believe fall is the best season for a road trip to your favorite campsite. The weather is cooler, the mosquitos are less of a nuisance and the changing foliage will make your trip that much more scenic. Every pro camper knows you need the right gear for a successful camping trip. Along with a dependable tent and outdoor cooking supplies, having a camping-friendly vehicle makes going off the grid more enjoyable. In some cases, it can even allow you to explore new terrain and find a more secluded campsite. We'll look at 5 vehicles that can tackle some off-roading, have enough cargo space to fit all your gear, and can tow a small trailer, boat or ATV.
1. Jeep Gladiator
With 4x4 off-road capability at the brand's core, Jeep has been a long-time favorite of outdoor enthusiasts. The model that ruled the off-road trails has historically been the Jeep Wrangler, but now there's a new kid in town. With the launch of the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck, adventurers can get excellent off-road prowess with the added benefit of a spacious truck bed to fit all the tents, coolers and supplies for the ultimate camping trip.
The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon will be able to go nearly anywhere the Wrangler can thanks to a Rock-Trac 4x4 system, offroad-friendly approach,
2. Kia Telluride
If you're looking for a 3-row vehicle that will get the whole family (and their gear) to the campsite in comfort and style, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride will deliver. After arriving on the scene this year, it has already been ranked as the #1 SUV in the midsize segment by U.S. News and World Report. It conquers the rough terrain, offers cargo space for several tents, bags, and coolers, and can tow the outdoor toys with its 5,000-pound towing capacity. The exterior offers attractive and rugged styling thanks to its boxiness, large mesh grille, LED lighting. The interior is comfortable, spacious and can be outfitted with premium materials to make your outdoor adventures a little cushier.
The Telluride gets 8 inches of ground clearance to help you tackle the rugged trails on the way to your favorite campground. It also gets AWD lock to evenly distribute torque to the front and rear axle. While it's no Jeep when it comes to off-roading, it will satisfy the needs of most campers for some mild off-road trails. The Telluride's interior is spacious enough to fit the family, but what the outdoor supplies? The 46 cubic feet behind the second row and 87 cubic feet with both rows folded down will make sure your YETI fits along with the sleeping bags and tents.
3. Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback is the most compact camping and adventure-ready vehicle on our list but it offers plenty of space and off-road features to take on a weekend in the great outdoors. Because it's a wagon and is lower to the ground, packing and unpacking it with the camping gear will be a no-brainer. With 32.5 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and 75.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down, the Outback is more spacious than the exterior lets on and is ideal for a solo adventurer, couple or small family.
If your camping trip takes you on the road less traveled, you'll appreciate the Outback's off-road features. Its 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard AWD with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control give you confidence for traction and stability on difficult terrains and grades. In addition to its 3,500-pound towing capacity, the standard roof racks on the 2020 Outback have enhanced tie-downs to lug your kayaks, bikes, and cargo carriers.
4. Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline stands apart from other pickup trucks on the market because of its unibody construction which gives it more refined driving manners comparable to a car or crossover. This means you'll be comfortable on your drive to the campsite, no matter how far you decide to venture. Although Honda isn't known for its off-road capability, the Ridgeline won't let you down once you arrive on the trails. AWD models offer Intelligent Traction Management with four modes including normal, snow, sand and mud. Sure, you may not be able to do some of the rock crawling you'd do in a Wrangler or Gladiator, but the Ridgeline can get you and the family to a new camping destination that's off the beaten path.
The Honda Ridgeline drives like a crossover but offers the benefit of a 5-foot-4-inch truck bed so you don't have to leave any gear behind. The tailgate can open in two ways - folded down or swung open to the side like a door. For any items that don't fit in the bed, the Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. A couple of bonus features will make you the life of the campsite. You'll get an in-bed storage trunk that features a drain plug (built-in cooler) and an in-bed audio system and AC power outlet are available to make camping even more fun.
5. Toyota 4Runner
Although the Toyota 4Runner is awaiting a redesign with some dated elements, it has a loyal following that rivals the Jeep Wrangler's with sales climbing over the last few years. Just like the Wrangler, it also shines when it finds a dirt road to navigate. The 4Runner offers two 4-Wheel Drive systems depending on the model you go with. More adventurous campers and off-roaders will benefit from the off-road-focused SR5 and TRD models with come with part-time 4WD with Active Traction Control. Features like Multi-Terrian Select, CRAWL control and Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control make nearly any scenic outlook your personal campsite.
The 4Runner offers plenty of cargo room for extra gear like your portable grill or fishing rods with 47 cubic feet behind the second row, and an enormous 90 cubic feet with both rows folded. If you don't plan for the adventure to end once you arrive at your camping destination, The 4Runner can tow items like ATVs, boats, and trailers with a generous towing capacity of up to 5000 pounds.