3. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
Forget thinking about hybrid vehicles as something that stick strictly to the pavement. Subaru has developed this legitimate outdoor vehicle that also saves on gas with a combined fuel economy estimated at 31 mpg, meaning you are less likely to be stranded in the middle of the wilderness without fuel. The vehicle is basically just a compact wagon that has been raised to increase ground clearance to 8.7 inches. All-wheel drive is standard, which helps with somewhat rugged conditions. The cargo area contains 22.3 cubic feet of space that’s great for stowing gear, with 51.9 cubic feet of space on tap once the rear seats are folded down. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is small and easily maneuvered, making it a good vehicle for single people, couples, or small families. It can tackle a deeply-rutted trail with glee, but don’t try to take one rock crawling anytime, since it isn’t quite that hardcore of an outdoor vehicle.