Driving Outdoors 2014 Edition

Last year we went to the Chicago Auto Show and brought back some great ways to get around outside in our Driving Outdoors post. This year we are back at it looking to see how auto makers are bringing the outdoors to their lineups.

Overall we found great integrations with the outdoors and outdoor activities but were left wondering why Jeep, Ford, Chevrolet and Subaru had so little at the show this year.

Off-Road Tracks

At the show there were two tracks that showed just how well their vehicles could get around obstacles.

Toyota’s Off-Road Course

As they have done past years Jeep’s course looked as if you were going deep into the woods and the road was a bit crazy while Toyota’s looked a bit more like a construction site.

Jeep’s Wilderness Camp

Outdoor Vehicles

And now, onto the cars and trucks themselves! In the end we found quite a few vehicles at the show that were ready for the outdoors. In the comments let us know what your favorite one is or what vehicle you love to use when you go on adventures.

Dodge and Ford Trucks

Ford F-150 Ecoboost Baja Truck appears as if it already has spent a lifetime outdoors!

The Dodge Ram 2500 on the other hand is seen here ready to pull a boat and head out for a day on the lake or river.

UIC Motorsports

The UIC Motorsports Society of Automotive Engineers brought their fun looking BAJA to the autoshow and were answering questions from kids and adults.

Jetta and Fiat Rack Ready

The 2014 Jetta TDI came ready for some mountain biking.

The Fiat 500L while colorful also is able to easily utilize a Thule rack as is shown here in the photo.

Lexus and Mitsubishi Biking Ready

Both the 2014 Lexus GX460 and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport were shown with bike racks and bikes ready for some off-roading fun. You can also check your own vehicle which may also have options for a rear bike carrier or a top bike carrier.

Toyota Outdoor Fun

2014 Toyota Tundra

2014 Toyota FJ

2014 Toyota 4Runner

2014 Toyota Rav4

This year Toyota was easily the winner when it came to incorporating outdoor activities with their vehicles. Toyota showed off with not only dirt bikes but kayaks, snowboards and even a four wheeler. Overall they showed that their vehicles are not just for work but are ready to go wherever your outdoor fun takes you.

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  • dave

    someone needs to make an outdoor version of a prius you cannot afford to to drive it any distance,pay $40,000 for it and they get 20 miles to the gallon

  • There are more outdoor oriented new vehicles than ever before and the overall quality and capability of those vehicles is also great but keep in mind that some modifications on a vehicle you already own can help you out on the dirt and not require a new payment to do it. Even a set of more aggressive tires on a car can make a difference and dramatic increases in ability and safety are common for most 4wd vehicles. Visit a 4wd shop, check out some forums or pick up a 4wd mag and let us overdone 4wd enthusiasts help you get in and out of the back country easier and safer.