Once upon a time, vehicles used by hikers had a bad rep. Shaped like a particularly unglamorous box, faded paintwork, and a notable lack of anything…nice. Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past and hikers have a wealth of choice when it comes to the vehicles that take them deep into the wilderness.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander: You’ve most likely seen this compact crossover cruising the streets near your local food store or school. But it can do so much more. Give it a spin on any of Seattle’s snow-topped mountain roads, and you’ll see what we mean. Its already impressive capabilities are extended by the V6 engine, which gives extra power to handle rough terrain easily.
2012 Mazda Speed 3: If a smaller vehicle is more your style, then check out the Mazda Speed 3. This turbocharged 263-hp engine will take you (and your passengers, your bikes, and your hiking gear) to your hiking destination fast. Need to go up a mountain pass? No problem – it’s a snap for this racer. Need to save money on fuel? This is the car for you, with an impressive 18mpg (city) and 25 mpg (highway).
2013 Nissan Xterra: This vehicle oozes sportiness. If you want a car that tells the world you love spending time outdoors, this is the one. But the Nissan Xterra is about more than looks – it’s packed with features that make the journey to and from your destination almost as fun as the hike itself. And there’s something else you need to know – the cargo area is made of hard plastic, allowing you to store wet and dirty gear without being hit by a serious cleaning bill afterwards.
2016 Jeep Compass SUV: A fantastic all-round vehicle that takes drivers from the school gates right up into the mountains. If you can, go for the Sport model. Bluetooth and satellite radio come as standard, which makes life so much easier when you’re miles away from civilization!
2013 Subaru Outback, 2.5i Premium: This Subaru will keep going and going. And going. If you’re planning on going over rugged terrain to get to your chosen hiking spot, you’ll appreciate the all-wheel drive system. It senses when traction has been lost and sends it to the wheels when they need it most. There’s plenty of room for equipment, thanks to more than 70 cubic feet of cargo space.
2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: The large interior, combined with the longer wheelbase for stable climbing, make this a vehicle that’s practical, comfortable and safe.
2013 Lexus GX 460: Elegant, powerful, and reliable. The flat folding rear seats and center storage locker are nice touches, much appreciated by hikers with lots of gear. This vehicle is everything you expect from Lexus.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV: Coming in at around $65k, this isn’t a budget option, but if you’re looking for a midsize SUV that allows you to ride in comfort to Seattle’s remotest hiking trails, this is the only option. Although the diesel engine isn’t the quietest at low speeds, you’ll forgive that when you see the tech available.
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Hybrid vehicles are no longer just for city driving. This Subaru copes with the great outdoors as well as any car powered by a petrol engine. Maneuverable, fuel efficient, with a roomy trunk for storing equipment, this hybrid copes extremely well in rugged terrain. It’s not designed for rock climbing, but is perfect for the travel needs of most hikers.
2015 Lincoln MKC AWD: Begin your trip in style with the electronically controlled, heated leather seats and touch screen navigation that come as standard. The noise canceling system is a nice touch that filters out engine sound. With almost eight inches of ground clearance and features that enhance traction control and stability, this vehicle will make any journey a hugely enjoyable experience.
Fun Fact: Did you know that old Jeeps used to be known as ‘kidney busters’? A few hours spent behind the wheel and your kidneys wouldn’t feel in great condition. Today, we have things a little easier. Well, when you factor in heated leather seats, infotainment systems, acres of space, and traction control, we have things a lot easier. And here at TRED HQ, we’re certainly not complaining!
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