5 of the Best Cars for Mountain Bikers and Cyclists

Do you love hitting the trails on the weekends on your mountain bike? Do you need a good sturdy car to find those hidden off-road gems so that you can shred all the way down the hill? In that case, you could find a solution in one of the following five vehicles.

1. The Subaru Forester provides plenty of off-road capability and space

2021 Subaru Forester
2021 Subaru Forester | Subaru

When it comes to hiking, mountain biking, or doing anything outdoors, Subaru is likely one of the first automakers that come to mind. The Japanese automaker is known for equipping all of its vehicles (except the BRZ) with its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that makes traversing the roads unknown an easy affair and the Subaru Forester is no exception. Couple that capability with a fuel-efficient engine, a well-appointed cabin, and 70 cubic feet of cargo volume (with the rear seats folded), and you have a reliable off-road rig that can take you and your bike to the trails safely.

2. You can’t go wrong with a Toyota Tacoma

2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition
2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Toyota

If you would rather have a good and reliable truck to get your bike to the trails, then it’s hard to argue with a trusty Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma has been one of the best-selling trucks in the U.S. for years and it’s no surprise that Kelley Blue Book awarded it with the “Best Buy of the Year” among mid-size pick-up trucks. The Tacoma has the ruggedness and power to get you off the beaten path and up to your favorite downhill trail with no issues. As an added plus, you can fit a few bikes in the truck’s bed if they are mounted on the tailgate.

3. The Honda HR-V is more off-road-worthy than you might think

2020 Honda HR-V Touring
2020 Honda HR-V Touring | Honda

At first thought, the Honda HR-V might not seem like the greatest car for mountain bikers considering it’s small and doesn’t look very capable. But don’t knock it until you try it. The HR-V has a 1.8-liter engine that produces 141 hp, which is enough power to get you to the more common trails. It’s also available with an all-wheel drivetrain and even has a “Magic Seat” in which the rear seat flips and folds to reveal a number of different storage solutions. You can even fit a mountain bike back there easily.

4. The Jeep Wrangler is a classic mountain bike-toting rig

A family enjoys off-roading in a Jeep Wrangler outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
A family enjoys off-roading in a Jeep Wrangler outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. | (Photo by John Fredricks/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If you’re not into crossover, SUVs, or trucks, then you can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler’s “go anywhere, do anything” nature makes it easy to access even the toughest trails while providing plenty of storage solutions. You can hitch a bike rack to it, or if you need to transport your bike in a pinch, the Wrangler can accommodate it, although, you’ll probably have to take the front wheel off first.

5. The Toyota 4Runner will get you to where you want to go reliably

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition
2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition | Toyota

The Toyota 4Runner is easily one of the best off-road-worthy SUVs on the market and it’s extremely reliable to boot. Its potent V6 engine, four-wheel-drive technology, and cavernous interior make it especially great for mountain bikers. If you need to get to the toughest trails and want an easy way to transport your bike, then the 4Runner is easily one of the best rigs for the job.

What makes a good vehicle for mountain bikers?

A good vehicle for mountain biking needs to be fuel-efficient, capable, and have plenty of cargo room for mounting the bike, or bikes. Fortunately, the aforementioned vehicles have that type of capability, however, there are plenty of other vehicles on the market that are well-sorted enough to get you to the trails. But if you’re looking for a rig to get you started, you can’t go wrong with one of these five vehicles.

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