Since the beginning of the history of automobiles, people tended to choose their ride based on several important facts. Maintaining their social status, price range of the vehicle, geography of their residence being few of those facts, the vehicle being matched with their lifestyle is one most critical fact they focus on while choosing a vehicle for them.
While those who live their life in the fast lane always have a sweet tooth for sports cars, a family man searching for space and comfort, goes for a crossover or a minivan giving priority to the needs of his family. Then comes the third category who has different types of needs compared to fast lane drivers and family men mentioned above, The Adventurous type.
“Offroading gives a better high than Single Malt”
This adventurous type has a different taste of choosing a ride, where they mainly focus on the utility of their vehicle. They need reliability, capability and most importantly versatility in their rides. Expecting their vehicle comes with the capability of off-road driving, 4-wheel drive boosts the adventurous bubble inside them to continue with their endless exploration.
So today we decided to unfold a list of rides which have been manufactured focusing mainly on our adventure-hungry drivers.
Considered one of the most affordable among the automaker’s vast list of vehicles, Renegade introduced by Jeep has been able to attract many shoppers to the brand by presenting a flavour of the roughness of its brothers. With the market value starting at $17,995, thousands less than its siblings, this beast hides a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine under its hood which can deliver 160 horsepower.
Equipped with Anti-lock brakes, all the four 16-inch styled steel wheels are powered via either 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. With several security features including side seat mounted airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag and airbag occupancy sensor, the Renegade is further equipped with electronic stability, ABS and driveline traction control, power locks and power windows.
This pickup truck from Chevrolet is a beast with its $20,100 starting price tag, considering its convenience and added utility of the truck bed.
Becoming popular day by day like a bushfire, Chevrolet Colorado is an attractive but aggressive pickup truck that has the ability to tow up to 7,700 lbs. Sleeping under its hood is a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Duramax diesel engine which can produce 181 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Also, the truck comes with the availability of a 3.6-litre V6 gas motor and a 2.8-litre turbo diesel which has the ability in producing 305 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, correspondingly.
A 6 speed manual gearbox being the standard transmission comes with the Colorado, a 6 speed automatic transmission is also available with higher trim models.
Distinguishing from its insipid crossover rivals, Subaru’s Crosstrek might be a perfect alternative who does not admire the appearances of an Outback.
With unassailable steadfastness and rough body, the Crosstrek hides a 2.0-litre boxer 4-cylinder engine under the hood, which is capable of producing 148 horsepower. The 17-inch aluminium wheels equipped with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, get their power through 5 Speed manual transmission, where the vehicle is also featured with critical security features such as curtain first and second row overhead airbags, side seat mounted airbags, airbag occupancy sensor and driver knee airbag.
With additional features of cruise control and ABS and driveline traction control, Subaru Crosstrek is priced at a starting amount of $21,595.
Mini Cooper Countryman
It might seem a bit too odd to include a mini to this list of extreme-riding, utility-engrossed vehicles, but the Countryman model introduced by Mini Cooper is no joke considering the features offered by this ride.
Theoretically a subcompact car, this mini delivers an adequate amount of freight and internal space while equipped with All Wheel Drive. With a 1.6-litre inline 4-cylinder engine under the hood, having the ability of creating 121 horsepower the Countryman is available with the high powered model of Countryman S which can produce 208 horsepower. Accessible in both automatic and manual 6 speed transmission, the vehicle runs on 17-inch aluminium wheels and additional features including ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability control and cruise control. Inclusive of all these features and automatic air conditioning system, the vehicle is priced at $22,750 at start.
With the price starting from $23,495, the base model of Cherokee comes with a 2.4 litre 4-cylinder V6 engine under the hood capable of producing 184 horsepower. However, the opportunity has been given to the buyers to upgrade to a 3.2-liter V6 which makes 271 horsepower. The jeep comes with 4-wheel drive availability where the engine is powered by a 9-speed automatic transmission. With an additional extra inch height over the heads, the vehicle is spacious enough for five people to travel comfortably while carrying all of their equipment inside.
Capability and Durability being the motto of the automaker, Jeep made sure that the Cherokee matches with the users’ expectations and well within their range of affordability.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
A renowned automaker, Land Rover knows much better about adventure. With their Discovery Sport edition, they introduced a beast mixed with luxury and style capable of performing much better in suburban streets as well as in rough terrains.
Discovery Sport comes with a starting price of $37,455 and carries a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under monstrous hood that can deliver 240 horsepower. A 4-wheel driver, this beast is powered through a 9-speed automatic transmission, where an inbuilt system is equipped to identify and respond to different types of landscapes including rocks, sand, mud and snow. With this 4-mode Terrain Response System, the driver has the ability to change the driving within 4 diverse modes according to the terrain difference. Although the vehicle comes with a five-seater setup in order to haul cargo along with the passengers, it has enough space to fit 7 people inside easily.
Having a V6 under its hood with the ability to produce 340 horsepower, Jaguar F-Pace is a majestic beast itself with the market price starting from $41,985.
With the fuel efficiency of 18 miles per gallon in city limits and 23 miles per gallons in highway, a default on demand All Wheel Drive system is set to power the wheels where the AWD is engaged only when it is needed. 18-inch wheels rolling easily over the terrains from suburban streets to rocky hills, inside a Jaguar F-Pace, four adult passengers can easily fit conveniently with two mountain bikes placed over folded seats.
The iconic four rings badge embedded in the front grille, the famous luxury automobile manufacturer Audi introduced their luxury 4-wheel wagon to the market with a price tag starting at 42,700.
All new Audi AllRoad is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under its hood having the ability to produce 252 horsepower. 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission powering all four wheels, the vehicle comes with Audi’s iconic quattro all-wheel drive system and the manufacturers have increased the height of the ride over the heads with the new design.
Even though this new wagon is comparatively less with utility, the long shape of the vehicle can swallow a surfboard or kayak in whole and still has much space for its passengers to ride comfortably.
Cadillac XT5 AWD Luxury
Considered the Goldilocks of midsize crossovers, XT5 AWD Luxury by Cadillac by all means, is an exclusive luxury vehicle priced at a whooping starting value of $48,790.
The fuel efficiency marked at 18 miles per gallon inside city limits and 26 miles per gallon in highways, XT5 carries a V6 engine under the hood, capable of producing 310 horsepower. Having the legroom space of 39.5 inches for rear passengers, it is more like a cruise liner than a usual luxury ride. Wheels getting the power via a 8-speed automatic transmission, the XT5 is an All Wheel Driver, which employs most of its time sensibly operating the front axle and partially closing down the engine’s chambers since spinning all four wheels is a gas-drinking overload.