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Shop the Best Cars for Camping in Los Angeles

From the desert to the mountains to the beach, California has thousands of camping spots to unplug and commune with the Golden State. Find the right way to get to your favorite camping spot near Los Angeles with our guide to the best cars for camping. With options like roof-top tents, all wheel drive and navigation, getting lost has never been so easy.

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The Ascent debuted in 2018 as the largest Subaru ever. It has 3 rows, eight passenger seating and boasts remarkable mileage for a car its size, with highway miles estimated at 27 mpg. Power comes courtesy of a turbo charged boxer engine. All trim levels come with standard asymetrical All Wheel Drive and X-MODE that incorporates hill descent control.

The Ascent has 8.7” of ground clearance and a 5,000 lb towing capacity. Perhaps its most impressive stat is that it has 19 cup and bottle holders scattered around the cabin, so you have no excuse to not stay hydrated.

The Ascent Touring also offers second row captains chairs, a great feature for longer trips. This big Subaru can tow a camper, carry your bikes, 5 passengers and still have plenty of room for cargo with the 3rd row folded down. Be as ambitious as you like when planning your next camping trip — as one of the best cars for camping, the Ascent can get you wherever you’re going.

The Atlas was also a new debut in 2018, replacing the Touraeg as the largest on the lot at Volkswagen. It offers 3 rows, 7 passenger seating, almost all of which sits under the Atlas’s optional panoramic moonroof. Second row seating can accommodate 3 child car seats for the brave souls who would require that.

The Atlas is powered by either a 2 liter turbo charged inline 4 cylinder or a 3.6 liter V6 which provides 276 HP. It’s got a host of convenience and safety features that can be mixed and matched across the 9 possible trim levels of the Atlas.

VW’s AWD 4-Motion is available for the adventurous camper in Los Angeles. The Atlas also offers a remote start option that could come in handy if you’re fleeing an angry beaver. The Atlas’ good looks, well appointed cabin and suite of tech features are perfect for camping for those who prefer not to rough it on the way to roughing it.

The Cayenne’s initial release was met with some skepticism. Porsche’s sports car reputation didn’t seem to allow for the inclusion of an SUV. But the Cayenne was popular immediately.

It drew design cues from the iconic 911 as well as that car’s incredible engineering. All trim levels of the Cayenne are thrilling to drive with the the base turbocharged V6 putting out 335 HP, while the twin-turbo V8 model pumps out 541 HP.

All Porsche Cayenne models come with AWD standard to get you off the highway and into the wild — oftentimes a must-have when looking for the best car for camping. Roof boxes, bike racks and more can be mounted on the rail system. You can even install a tow hitch if you want to trailer your pizza oven out to Yosemite on your camping trip.

The LX is the king of the SUV’s for Lexus. In addition to it’s ample customizable seating options, the LX is packed with all the technical, safety and comfort options that Lexus is known for.

The 5.7L V8 puts out 384 HP. When mated with the LX’s 8 speed transmission and electronically-controlled suspension, the LX’s running gear provides a powerful, smooth ride.

When camping near Los Angeles, the LX responds with a myriad of electronic systems, including Crawl Control, Active Height Control and Multi Terrain select to control the ride and keep everyone safe and comfortable inside.

If you enjoy seeing the great outdoors from the comfort of the LX’s interior, the cabin includes 4 zone climate control, an acreage of leather and real wood accents, heated and ventilated front seats and a cool box in the center console to insure the that the coconut water stays cold.

The Q7, Audi’s first proper SUV, traces its roots back to the beloved first generation Audi Allroad wagons introduced 20 years ago. The 2019 Q7 sports Audi’s famed Quattro all wheel drive but also features all wheel steering to help maneuver better at both high and low speeds.

The Q7’s adaptive air suspension can raise or lower the Q7’s stance to take on the terrain as you try and find that rustic cabin you rented. The cold weather package offers heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and all-weather mats to keep the snow, dirt and gear where it belongs.

With best run class HP, Torque and towing ability it seems almost unfair at the amount of luxury, tech and convenience this beast offers

Honda’s Ridgeline is a great vehicle for those who like to get way off the grid. Its unibody construction, unique in its class, provides a smooth car-like road feel without diminishing the functionality of a truck. It’s powered by Honda’s workhorse 3.5 liter V6 and provides the same sensible cockpit layout that all Honda’s have.

The Ridgeline comes in 2 and 4 wheel drive options across it 6 models, so it’s customizable to suit your needs. Where the Ridgeline shines is in the little details, like a lockable storage compartment built into the truck bed. The tailgate is side hinged so it can swing down or open like a car door, making cargo easily reachable. The truck bed also has an optional speaker system to provide music for your midnight dance party with the mountain lions.

The new Tacoma comes in 6 different models each with a number of trim levels, including manual and automatic transmission options for each. So this truck can be molded into your own image and built to suit your needs.

You can tow your ATV, mount a kayak or pitch a tent on your Tacoma. It’s off-road capabilities are legendary and for those upgrading to the TRD Pro Model, there’s almost nowhere you can’t go.

The Tacoma comes in 4 and 6 cylinder versions with each model providing excellent mileage for its class. And of course the Tacoma is also a Toyota so it’s reliability is unassailable.

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