Top 10 Beach Cars – KBB says Subaru Outback and Solterra are top picks
What are the best cars to drive 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 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 Bird of Prey
4.Hyundai Santa Cruz
5. Land Rover Defender
6. Mazda MX-5 Miata
7. Ford Mustang
8. Subaru outback
9. Toyota Sienna
10. Subaru Solterra
What distinguishes the Subaru Outback?
The mid-size Outback SUV rides higher and has more ground clearance than most family haulers. The Outback features 8.7 inches of deep sand clearing clearance and comes standard with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Which Subaru Outback trim level is best for the beach?
We recommend the Outback Onyx Edition XT fairing. The seats are wrapped in a new water-repellent, durable StarTex material, perfect for cleaning up after a day at the beach for active customers. It also has a hands-free power gate, head-up monitor and full-size spare tire.
The Onyx Edition XT also features a new dual-function X-Mode for additional off-pavement capabilities. The new system has settings ranging from snow and dirt modes through to the new deep snow/deep mud mode and is best suited to sand where traction is compromised. KBB says, “When the Subaru Outback isn’t cruising on tarmac, it has no problem tackling whatever terrain lies beneath.”
For those who want deep sand and water, the Outback Wilderness 2022 is the best choice for beach-goers. Wilderness features 9.4 inches of ground clearance and suspension upgrades for off-pavement activities.
What distinguishes the new Subaru Solterra?
An often-overlooked feature is the 2023 Subaru Solterra’s 8.3-inch ground clearance. 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 5.4 inches of ground clearance and the Volkswagen ID. 4 is 6.7 inches.
Another advantage of the Solterra is its symmetrical all-wheel drive with X-Mode terrain management. Both are standard equipment and a new Grip Control function to improve stability on rough roads. All-Terrain Technology offers extra performance in deep, wet sand and provides uphill and downhill assistance to maximize control in extreme terrain.
KBB says: “The Solterra is not only great for the planet, it’s also good for the beach. With four-wheel drive as standard on every trim level, you’ll have no trouble getting where you’re going, on or off-road. “
The 2022 Subaru Outback adds the all-new Wilderness trim with even deeper sand clearing capabilities. This summer, the new all-electric Solterra 2023 is a top pick among beachgoers looking for an electric vehicle.
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Denis Flierl has been investing in the automotive industry for over 30 years in an advisory role and has worked with all major car brands. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where it covers all models from the Japanese automaker. For more stories, visit the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Dennis on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
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