On this blog, we’ve talked through our favourite cars for families, for couples, for college students and for commuters, respectively. In each of them, we’ve attempted to get to the root of what the main criteria might be. With college students, for example, we focused on practicality, affordability and fuel efficiency. For families, we prioritized safety, roominess and infotainment. And for couples, we looked at sporty, two-door cars that are just obscenely fun to drive.
Today, we turn our attention to the outdoors. Specifically, we’re looking to accommodate those drivers whose primary concern with their vehicle is that it facilitates their outdoorsy lifestyle. You want a car that performs well on the highway, that handles well on winding roads, that’s up to the challenge of off-roading, or that can tow a camper.
Here at AUTO ONE Group, we’ve got you covered. Pulling examples from our carefully curated, yet impressively varied, nationwide inventory, we’ve come up with seven cars that are perfect for an outdoorsy lifestyle. We’ve got a couple cars, a truck and a few SUVs, each of them ideally suited, in one way or another, for a trip to the great outdoors.
One of the gold standards in off-roading, the Jeep Wrangler continues to be a popular choice with hikers, campers and outdoor recreational enthusiasts. How many mountain bikes have you seen mounted to the back of a Jeep Wrangler? A lot. And that should give you some idea of its stature with nature lovers.
Its sturdy axles and locking differentials make it a breeze on even the bumpiest terrain, and its surprisingly roomy interior makes lugging your camping/hiking/picnic gear easy. We’ve got a couple Wranglers at present – one in Toronto and another in Vancouver. For an outdoorsy family, though, we’d recommend the four-door Wrangler Unlimited or the altogether beefier Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
What is the Prius doing on a list of outdoorsy vehicles? It might not be the ablest vehicle on an off-road excursion, but it more than makes up for it in long-trip efficiency. The Prius, as you probably know, is great on gas: 5 litres per 100km in the city. That makes it uniquely suited for those weekend adventures where the most you’ll be doing is traveling some stretch of highway to get out into nature.
It also pairs its fuel efficiency with a remarkable amount of space and comfort. If you want to pack the family – or just yourself – into a car and head to a campground or park, this is the car you want to do it in. With a Prius in our Halifax location for just $466 a month, it’s also very economical to lease.
Land Rover Range Rover
There are few other cars that can claim to pair off-roading capability with luxury. And there’s pretty much no other vehicle that does it quite as well as the Range Rover. A lot of Range Rover owners don’t take their vehicle off-road, and that’s understandable; it looks and feels like a car you should have to coddle. But its powerhouse 4-wheel drive, superior wheel articulation, great suspension and (depending on the line) V8 engine make it a beast on tough terrain.
Best of all: with AUTO ONE Group’s fantastic luxury car leasing you don’t have to shell out a fortune to enjoy it. If you want an SUV that’s a beauty in the city and a beast on the back roads, come chat with one of our representatives about leasing the Range Rover.
The CX-5’s engine is remarkably fuel efficient, given the power of this SUV. The car as a whole represents a great middle ground between luxury and practicality as well. Its easy navigation, leather heated seats, blind spot mirrors, rain sensing wipers, Bluetooth capability and steering wheel mounted controls all scream luxury. But its sensible design and 2.5-litre I-4 engine keep it practical.
Come test drive the Mazda CX-5 Touring at our Toronto dealership today, and picture a life spent soaking in the great Canadian outdoors!
Let’s get luxurious here for a minute. The Cayenne, one of Porsche’s stunning forays into the world of SUVs, comes with heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth capability, 14-way memory seats, 20-inch sport design wheels, lane change assist, and about a thousand other luxury features. And it’s good on gas. And it’s unexpectedly good off-road (not that you’d subject such a creature to rocky roads).
Yes, if you were to go and buy a Cayenne, you’d be paying a handsome price. But lease the Cayenne with our leading program and you can drive off in this feat of engineering and elegance for way less than you’d expect. We have an saying here that you are what you drive – if you’re equal parts sophisticated and rugged, this SUV is you.
Dodge Ram 1500
Graceful and compact, and yets luxurious enough on the inside to make a trip feel breezy, the Dodge Ram 1500 is the perfect truck for a jaunt outdoors. And with the towing capacity to easily accommodate a boat or camper, it’s an easy choice for camping enthusiasts, sport fishers and sailors.
The Dodge Ram 1500 currently turning heads at our Halifax location is a 2019 Limited, with three rear seats that make it attractive for families and groups.
Finally, let’s put in a plug for the undisputed road trip icon of the American Muscle Car: the Chevrolet Corvette. Not for its off-roading capability, not for its fuel economy or towing capacity – we’re listing this for the sheer joy of driving. Sometimes, getting outdoors is about the experience of rolling down the windows and feeling the fresh air in your face, hearing the engine roar as the car accelerates beneath you. Few cars are this much fun to drive, and for that the Corvette deserves to be recognized by outdoors enthusiasts.
Stop by an AUTO ONE Group location today, in Halifax, Toronto or Vancouver, to gawk at these amazing, outdoorsy vehicles. If you live an active lifestyle and need an equally active car, come talk to us about leasing one of these seven vehicles.