With the weather warming up, more people’s thoughts are turning to outdoor activities. If you love to play in the dirt, water and mud, you need a vehicle that accommodates those activities. Below are vehicles that are either new or redesigned for 2014 that make great companions for your next outdoor adventure. Load up your favorite gear and head into the great outdoors in one of these rugged rides.
1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
The Cherokee is back, but it’s nothing like the boxy SUV with a pushrod engine everyone grew to love in the past. Instead, the new Cherokee is very much a contemporary SUV. The exterior looks more futuristic than anything, although some people find the headlights and front fascia off-putting. If you can get over the looks, you can appreciate that the Cherokee is a well-balanced SUV for outdoor adventures and urban driving. While the vehicle is not as adept at off-roading as the Wrangler or Grand Cherokee, it does come with a number of technological advancements that put it ahead of competing vehicles. Even with the optional V6 engine and four-wheel drive, highway fuel economy is estimated at 27 mpg. Besides, it can still outdo the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 on a trail, making it a more sensible outdoor vehicle.