Are you someone who likes to go on an outdoor adventure and explore mother nature? Well, lucky for you the team at SpeedList sat down and came up with a list of for top 10 cars that would be perfect for those with an active lifestyle. To meet the criteria, the vehicles on the list had to have off-road capabilities, sufficient cargo room, and the ruggedness to handle the variety of terrain someone may encounter on their adventure. Let’s get started!
Even after thousands of miles of rugged, weather-beaten, harsh trails, 90% of 4Runners sold in the last ten years are still on the road. The Toyota 4Runner is the ultimate off-road exploration for those that love adventure and getting lost in the wilderness. Power comes from a standard 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque – so you definitely won’t fall short of power.
The Jeep Wrangler is a legend when it comes to conquering rough trails and open road adventures. The 2014 model year Wrangler has been updated to offer you more quality more capability and more ruggedness. It’s powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine making 285-hp and its Command Trac 4WD system splits torque 50 / 50 to the front and rear axles for off-roading or conditions where more traction is required.
Surprised to see another Jeep on our list? Don’t be – Jeep is known for its all-terrain tackling vehicles. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a rugged vehicle with a lot of class. It’s legendary capabilities get better with the Selec-Terrain traction control system, giving you five modes to tackle any condition, including snow. Traction is also enhanced through the available Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II 4WD systems. Off-roaders can also take advantage of the Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension which offers five height settings for optimum ride performance.
Looking for the ultimate off-roader with the most prestigious luxury badge? The Range Rover Sport will not leave you hanging. Known as a stamp in the off-roading niche, the Range Rover Sport has also become a luxury icon for the rich. Power comes from a 3.0-liter LR-V6 making 340-hp, allowing it to run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
Known as a more affordable substitute for the Toyota 4Runner, the Nissan Xterra is powered by a 4.0 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 that gives you more than enough power to climb hills while the Continuously Variable Valve Timing System delivers efficiency and on-demand power. It offers a strong off-road suspension, hill descent control, hill start assist and an electronic lock rear differential when 4×4 mode just isn’t enough.
What is an active lifestyle top 10 list without a Subaru? Incomplete! A perfect adventurous car for the family, the Subaru Outback is powered by a 175-hp 4-cylinder engine or an optional 256-hp 6-cylinder engine. The available X-MODE adjusts engine response, optimizes the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, and actively employs the braking and traction control systems to maximize grip on slippery surfaces – which is perfect for you’re exploring unchartered terrain.
The Dodge Durango is built on the same platform as the Jeep Cherokee. However, the Durango aims for a more rugged, affordable yet comfortable feel. Unlike others, the 7-seater Durango also offers a DVD and gaming system with two sets of headphones, and Wi-Fi as far as 150 feet away so you can always stay connected. The Durango also offers full-time all-wheel drive with traction control.
When all these SUVs and crossovers aren’t cutting it, you can check out the ultimate all-American pickup – the Ford F-150. The pickup has been the best-selling vehicle in America for quite some time and offers on-demand 4WD system that comes with a rear differential locker, hill assist, and active traction control. Plus you can tow and haul basically anything.
Who said that every vehicle on the list had to be a hill-climber? The Kia Soul is the perfect car for the beach goers and surfers that want to pack up their friends and just hit the road. A reasonably fully-loaded model can run you close to $23,000 and offers outstanding luxury including leather heated and cooled seats, heated rear-seats, rear-view camera, navigation, Bluetooth, push-button start and much much more. If you can live without all those extras, than your pricing starts at just $14,900.
10. Lexus GX ($49,085):
If you’re looking for a luxurious off-roading capable vehicle, the Range Rover Sport isn’t your only option. Meet the Lexus GX. The GX’s CRAWL Control system allows you to tackle any terrain as it manages the engine and brakes to optimize traction and help maintain a slow, consistent speed. It also comes with Downhill Assist Control, Hill Climb Assist, Hill Start Assist Control and much more. Power comes from a 4.6 liter V8 making 301-hp.