Not just any car will do for the outdoor enthusiast. In Canton, Ohio, an off-roading vehicle must not only be equipped to handle dry, rocky terrain but also thick snow patches. The following vehicles provide the stability and traction control required by an adventurist and also double as work or family vehicles. With the purchase of one of the following autos, you can have your weekday needs met without stifling your weekend thrill-seeker.
2017 Subaru Outback
With standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, Subaru designed this vehicle for the outdoors. A whopping 73.3 cubic feet of storage space and standard roof rails with crossbars provide room for all your gear, whether you ski, camp, or kayak. Regardless of where you choose to go, the 32-mile-per-gallon highway fuel rating keeps you from stopping at the pump before you reach your destination. The 8.7-inch ground clearance protects the chassis from getting scratched during off-roading adventures. A standard four-cylinder engine delivers 175 horsepower, while the available six-cylinder pumps out 81 more.
2016 Toyota 4Runner
The 40-20-40 second-row seats recline for passenger comfort or fold flat to provide 88 cubic feet of cargo space. Power rear glass allows you to easily retrieve your equipment. An available sliding rear cargo deck holds up to 440 pounds of supplies, so if you need quick access to the hidden storage compartment, you don’t have to unload everything. For large families that use the same vehicle for off-roading and chauffeuring children, available third-row seating accommodates seven passengers. Multi-terrain select equips the vehicle with four distinct modes for whatever area you might travel through.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4
The 3.0-liter V6 BluTEC diesel engine pushes out 188 horsepower. With a maximum cargo volume of 319.1 cubic feet, you can pack a lot of provisions in this cargo van. To provide maximum traction, this automobile features a low-gear differential to allow for steep climbs, hauling trailers, and maneuvering through difficult terrains. Its efficient four-wheel-drive system does not reduce the impressive payload capacity of up to 5,199 pounds. A ground clearance of 3.1 inches to 4.3 inches increases the ride height by 20 percent. Finally, reinforced stabilizers on the axles provide the strength to combat tough conditions.
2017 Jeep Wrangler
Four-Wheeler magazine named the Rubicon model of this auto the “Best 4×4 Vehicle of the Decade.” With 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, it’s no wonder why. As an open-air vehicle, you can rest assured that the outdoors will be your companion every time you turn on the engine. Its traction, ground clearance, and water fording capabilities prove that the Trail Rated seal that it wears is not just for show. This vehicle tackles mud, sand, rock, or snow, without breaking a sweat.
Researching these vehicles further will open your eyes up to all the luxuries the newest off-roading automobiles have to offer. While you once had to choose between living large and living outdoors, this is no longer the case. You can cruise through town and watch the bystanders nod in admiration and still navigate tough terrain for pleasure.