What are the best cars for going to the beach this summer? According to Kelly Blue Book, the… 2022 Outback Midsize SUV and 2023 Subaru Solterra EV are among the top ten models for a trip to the sandy beach† The Outback and Solterra don’t just take you to the beach; you can drive in the sand and you will not get stuck like some SUVs.
Kelly Blue Book’s 10 Best Beach Cars
1. Ford Bronco Sport
2. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
3. Ford F-150 Raptor
4. Hyundai Santa Cruz
5. Land Rover Defender
6. Mazda MX-5 Miata
7. Ford Mustang
8. Subaru Abroad
9. Toyota Sienna
10. Subaru Solterra
What sets the Subaru Outback apart?
The Outback midsize SUV rides higher with extra ground clearance than most family dumpers. The Outback comes with 8.7-inch deep sand clearance clearance and also comes standard with Subaru’s symmetrical four-wheel drive†
Which Subaru Outback trim level is best for the beach?
We recommend the Outback Onyx Edition XT trim. Covered in a new water-resistant durable StarTex material, the seats are perfect for cleaning up after a day at the beach for active customers. It also has a hands-free power port, a front view monitor, and a full-sized spare tire.
The Onyx Edition XT also features a new dual-function X-Mode for added off-road capability. The new system has settings from Snow and Dirt mode up to the new Deep Snow/Deep Mud mode and is best for sand where traction is compromised. KBB says, “When it’s not on tarmac, the Subaru Outback has no problem tackling the ground.”
For those who want to dive deep into sand and water, the 2022 Outback Wilderness is the best choice for beachgoers. Wilderness has 9.4 inches of ground clearance and suspension upgrades for off-pavement activities.
What sets the new Subaru Solterra apart?
One feature that is often overlooked is the 8.3-inch ground clearance of the 2023 Subaru Solterra. The all-electric Solterra has better ground clearance than the Mustang Mach-E (5.7 inches) and the Tesla Model Y (6.6 inches), the Mazda MX-30 EV has a ground clearance of 5.4 inches and the Volkswagen ID. 4 has 6.7 inches.
Another advantage of the Solterra is its symmetrical four-wheel drive with X-Mode terrain management. Both are standard equipment and a new Grip Control feature to improve stability on uneven roads. The all-terrain technology provides extra capacity in deep wet sand and assists when climbing and descending hills to maximize control in extreme terrain.
KBB says: “The Solterra is not only great for the planet, but also good for the beach. With a standard four-wheel drive system on every trim level, you will get to your destination without a hitch, both on and off road.”
The 2022 Subaru Outback adds the all-new Wilderness trim with even more deep sand-clearing capabilities. This summer, the new all-electric 2023 Solterra is a top choice among beachgoers looking for an electric vehicle.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press† Checking out Subaru Report where he handles all models of the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Dennis on facebook† Twitterand Instagram†
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