In an ideal world, you would have access to the best trails, lakes, and slopes, right outside your door. The reality is that we often live hours and hours away from our favorite outdoor places.Luckily, we have cars that are built to get us to the ends of the earth. If you’re looking for a new ride, make sure to get one that will allow you to keep finding the great outdoors.
The Subaru station wagon is quite possibly the most stereotypical outdoor-dude car on the face of the planet. Though driving one is about as original as using a Nalgene, it’s not hard to see why so many hikers, bikers, climbers, kayakers get behind the wheel. They offer decent gas mileage, All-Wheel Drive, exceptional safety and durability, and tons of storage room. They’re the ultimate utility car.
The Toyota Tacoma is for the outdoorsmen who needs more ground clearance and off-road ability than the average person, without sacrificing unbelievable reliability. Early 90s Tacomas are virtually indestructible, something all penny-pinching college campers will appreciate.
It’s nearly impossible to NOT want a Volkswagen Vanagon, particularly the Westfalia models that include a working refrigerator and gas-burning stove. Whether or not you do get the Westfalia, all Vanagons have tons of room for passengers and gear, a decent bed and unbeatable style. Unfortunately, most are fairly unreliable. Try to get early 90s models (square headlights), or spend the extra dough to get one of the first Eurovan models.
The Prius can’t go offroad and it doesn’t have a ton of room, but you can’t argue with it’s most famous feature, gas mileage. When your gas money goes farther, it means more parks, more trails, more outdoors, more possibilities. With a Prius, your world is larger.
No one can argue the heritage of the Jeep Wrangler. It’s the original offroad vehicle for regular folk. After proving it’s ability in the war, Jeep brought it’s vehicles to the backroads of America and they’re still used in most National Parks as Park Ranger steeds. Get a Jeep and you’ll own a piece of outdoors history.