Available features such as a rear entertainment system, 4-zone climate control and seven USB ports keep everyone on board powered and having fun. With the Sienna’s optional 1500-watt outlet, you can power a slow cooker, use small appliances, or inflate an air mattress. That’s handy for a beach trip.
The Sienna uses a gas-electric powertrain with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 245 horsepower, plus a combined fuel economy of 36 mpg. You’ll also be impressed with this off-line hybrid’s quick response thanks to its electric motor. In addition, it is available with four-wheel drive.
This minivan wouldn’t be the best choice for actually driving on the beach, even if you opted for four-wheel drive. It’s also not for off-roading. But going to the beach and bringing your family and friends will be much easier in the Sienna, with its spacious cargo area for beach chairs, toys, an umbrella and a cool box.
2023 Subaru Solterra
Expert Rating: N/A Starting Price: $44,995Max. cargo space: 30.3 cu ft
Want to bring even more sun to the beach? Then the fully electric Subaru Solterra is the car for you. The name literally means “sun” and “earth” in Latin, which is an ode to this eco-friendly car. The Solterra is not only great for the planet, but also good for the beach. With standard AWD on every trim level, you’ll get to your destination with ease, both on and off road.
If you’re concerned about the performance of the Solterra, don’t worry. The electric SUV comes with 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. While the exact towing capacity is yet to be released, it is expected to be able to tow a few thousand pounds.
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With the Solterra you have double electric motors, which are necessary for the standard four-wheel drive. With the Premium version you have a maximum range of 228 miles, so pack your bags. Even if you have to make a pit stop, a Level 3 or DC fast charger can get your EV up to 80% and back on the road in less than an hour. It takes about 9 hours with a standard home charger.
Best Beach Cars
1. Ford Bronco Sport2. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited3. Ford F-150 Raptor4. Hyundai Santa Cruz 5. Land Rover Defender 6. Mazda MX-5 Miata7. Ford Mustang 8. Subaru Outback 9. Toyota Sienna 10. Subaru Solterra
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