Awesome Adventure Vehicles
I have poured over so much information surrounding cars over the past year. You may might think I'm in overload and sick of doing all this research, but it is quite the opposite. You see I grew up with my father working as a finance and insurance manager at a car dealership. Even though I'm not completely car savvy in the fix it department I do find researching and learning all the specs pretty exciting.
This list of vehicles is geared more towards women who want an adventure vehicle. The list has taken into account safety, off-road capabilities, snow performance, overall functionality, the ease of highway and around town driving. Plus the size of the vehicle to haul all my dogs and my gear. I want you all to know that these vehicles were all considered by me before purchasing my own new vehicle. Don't worry I will reveal my top choice at the end of this article.
Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form a car expert and this entire article is completely based off my own opinion!
So ever since having my Impreza I became pretty hooked on Subarus, especially for how well they handle in the snow! When I realized the Forester also came with a turbocharged engine I wanted it SO badly. But even though Subaru seats fold flat giving plenty of room in the back we did determine it was too similar to the vehicle we already had. We wanted to be sure our next vehicle was bigger.
Pro's: ground clearance for a compact SUV, gas mileage commanding road view, turbocharged engine option
Con's: small cargo space
I wanted to love this car so much but the lackluster engine forbids it entirely. If you don't have a mountain to haul your car up and down every day then you could probably get away with the Jeep Patriot but for those who require power behind their driving, this will really be quickly taken off your list. Everything else about the Patriot was awesome though. You can customize this car to be as basic or fancy as you wish. It can get you through rutted dirt roads, snow and sand with plenty of clearance. The Patriot even has fairly good approach and departure angles to boot. I would have kept this on the consideration list had there been an option with Jeeps better loved 3.7L V6 found in the Jeep Liberty's.
Pro's: commanding road view, good in snow
Con's: small engine and lack of power
Sometimes I describe roads we've tackled in Thomas's CX-5 and people I think honestly don't believe me. You can push this car quite far for a compact SUV. In fact, we joke that we use this car the way 1% of the owners do, which is to 100% of what it is capable of. We have taken this car on plenty of camping trips and it holds us, three dogs and camping gear and food for up to a week at a time. Impressive? I think so. Boasting 8.6" of ground clearance matched with a short wheelbase is how this vehicle is capable of going where most people don't go.
Pro's: gas mileage, price
Con's: large blindspots, Bluetooth connections don't work well, engine size
Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road
Honestly, I think Toyota and Jeep rule the off-road market mainly because of the array of suitable vehicles they build. The Tacoma is a truck built to work and is probably best driven on dirt. The difference in the Tacoma vs this next truck on our list is the updated interior and the locking rear differential for when you head off pavement. For a bunch of video comparisons of the Tacoma vs. similar mid sized trucks check out The Fast Lane Truck channel on You Tube!
Pro's: locking rear differential, ground clearance
Con's: price tag, low towing capacity for a truck, gas mileage
Nissan Frontier SV 4WD
I just warned you all above that this interior was not going to be as nice as the Tacoma and that is one reason the frontier is considered the dinosaur of pick up trucks. That's because every other car manufacturer has updated their trucks in the past few years, yet the Nissan Frontier hasn't seen a major change in the past decade. The interior is mostly plastic and has cloth seats that I preferred over my cloth Impreza seats. Though it may not appear as glam it is, dare I say, functional. Getting a truck was really more about functionality which the frontier offers with a robust V6 4.0L engine with enough torque to haul up to 6,100lbs. The SV trim of this car has this great engine, a 4WD system, power windows, A/C and Bluetooth technology. It has enough electronic systems to make one feel comfortable but not overwhelmed.
Pro's: towing capacity, smooth city driving
Con's: gas mileage, highway noise
No matter if your vehicle is on this list or not it is high time you fill the tank with gas and hit the open road! Please share in the comments your favorite adventure vehicles!