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What are the best cars for triathletes? – Triathlete

What are the best cars for triathletes?  – Triathlete

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Triathletes are nothing but busy. We have early morning Masters swims, long Sunday rides in the country and trails to find and run on. With all those activities and all those sports, it makes sense that we need to stay organized as we try to fit all the workouts in between the errands and traveling to races with the family. It’s said that some triathletes practically live in their cars (and there are a few pros who literally do that). As such, the multisport lifestyle may require a particular mode of transportation to aid in your pursuit of tri-excellence. But it also has to be said: sometimes the best car is the one you already have. With all that gear you might need for triathlon, you don’t need to buy a new car too, especially as triathletes become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on their favorite outdoor activities. But if you’re in the market for a triathlon mobile, below we’ve got a few tips on what to look for when shopping for a new (or new) multi-sports car, as well as some of our top picks to save on mileage, optimize the space and get all the tri-features you want.

What are the best cars for triathletes? The ones with space

Swimming, biking, and running all require a lot of equipment, and a lot of gear requires space to store it. Better yet, the more space you have, the better you can organize everything and not have to dig through piles of clothes to find the (clean) running shorts you need for your long run. Of course, that doesn’t always mean the largest car on the outside, but it does mean easy access to the interior space: folding seats, spacious hatchbacks, storage compartments, etc. More space also means more room for extras that aren’t really necessary, but can enhance multisport life. much easier – think of a portable shower like the RinseKit. Finally, plenty of space means you can place your most valuable tri-item — your bicycle — in your car and away from the temptations of prying eyes. Which brings us to our next tip…

What are the best cars for triathletes? the tinted ones

First, it’s important to note that not all states allow aftermarket tinted windows, and those that often have restrictions based on darkness and which windows are tinted. With that in mind, do your research and get the most tinted windows you can on your tri ride. For two reasons: first, tinted windows help keep your car, gear and food cool; second, and most importantly, tinted windows add a huge layer of security against car break-ins. If people wandering by can’t see your bike, or your helmet, or your sunglasses, or your phone while you’re running, they won’t be tempted to break into your car. This also means you don’t have to cover everything with blankets while you’re working out or stop for a smoothie after the ride.

What are the best cars for triathletes? The ones with racks

Storing your bike in your car is probably safest and usually most economical, but it’s not always practical if you have passengers or too much tri-gear to fit without doing some mechanical gymnastics. (Tip for newbie triathletes: Taking the wheels off is easier than you think.) Triathletes usually wish they had bike racks on their cars or wish they had bike racks on their car. A roof system is ideal for smaller cars that aren’t too high to reach (but don’t forget your bike is on it when you enter a garage!); Hitch mount systems are ideal for larger vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks or vans. Get one that swings out of the way — down or to the side — and you’ll still have access to all your other gear in the trunk while your bike is still on the rack. Skip the luggage rack unless you only use it once or twice a year.

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Our picks for the best cars for triathletes

Subaru Impreza 5-door

From $20,000, subaru.com

There’s a reason Subarus is popular with the outdoorsy crowd, and it makes just as much sense for triathletes. Without costing an arm and a leg, the Impreza still has symmetrical AWD for snowy morning rides to the pool or messy access to the trailhead. The absolutely essential five-door version has a large hatchback with a folding second row that easily accommodates a bicycle – with the wheel still on. Auto websites list 55.3 cu.ft. of the load volume, which is quite decent for a compact car with a hatchback. It’s also worth noting that the low price means you can get custom, outdoor upgrades from Subaru such as shelving, mud mats, heated seats, a luggage rack, and more. We also like the decent-for-a-non-hybrid gas mileage and fuel capacity that allows you to drive to distant races without emptying your wallet – 23/31 MPG for city/highway and a 13.2 gallon tank.

Kia Niro Hybrid

From $25,000, kia.com

With a small increase in price, size and fuel economy, the Kia Niro has been on our radar since the South Korean car brand released a triathlete concept car that really turned heads. While the concept car remained a concept, the Niro is still a great choice for triathletes who may need more space and clearance than the Impreza, but not so much that they enter the territory of SUVs or pickup trucks. The slightly smaller fuel tank (11.9 gallons) is surprising, but with a staggering 53 cities/48 highways mileage, range shouldn’t be an issue. Inside, the Niro has a maximum cargo volume of 54.5 cu. ft. with the seats folded and 6.3 inches of ground clearance — another inch above the Impreza above. Meanwhile, the Niro has more amenities like lane assist, emergency braking technology and a hidden storage compartment on the floor to organize your tri-gear.

Jeep Wrangler

From $30,000, jeep.com

Of course, there is no sportier American vehicle than the ubiquitous Jeep Wrangler. With a massive 9.7 inches of ground clearance, this is the machine for triathletes who love to venture where the road ends. While the trail-capable Jeep may not look like a gas-efficient vehicle, today’s version still has “just OK” 17 city/25 highway highway mileage with a 17.5-gallon long-range gas tank. But of course you don’t get a Wrangler for the fuel economy – you get it for the adventure. The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most accessory vehicles ever produced and there is a real industry that produces everything from extra lights to bike racks to showers and baskets – basically everything you could ever want to store, organize and then clear out all your multisport training gear.

Rivian R1T

From $67,500, rivian.com

If you’ve never heard of the world’s first electric pickup truck – yes, the one with the industry-leading headlights – check it out. If a vehicle ever “triathlete!” the Rivian R1T has the insane storage, off-road capability, ridiculous mileage and gearhead credits that the top of the multisport heap demands. While pricey, the R1T goes from 0-60mph in a race car-quick 3 seconds, pulls 11,000 pounds (yes, that would be enough for a race week camper), and somehow wades into the water at a depth of 3 feet. In terms of more practical stats, the Rivian sticks out 62 cu. ft. of storage space between the bed, the trunk, the rear storage bin, the compartments under the seat, the center console and the “gear tunnel” – which is as great as it sounds. The Rivian is electric, but also has a pretty impressive 300+ miles. range between full loads. Of course, the Rivian can get even more impressive with upgraded packages that include things like a four-motor AWD, tow bars, improved battery and audio. Reserve yours now.