Best Trucks for Beach Driving
Best vehicles for driving in sand
Don't you wish you could drive on the sand next to the ocean? Nothing could be better. However, getting stuck in the sand in your vehicle is no laughing matter.
We are almost always at a Florida beach. Since our nearest beaches, like Daytona Beach Shores, are the ones we can drive on, we need a vehicle to get us there, haul our beach gear, and be able to handle driving on the sand without getting stuck. In the last few years we have seen (and heard) countless vehicles being towed or pushed out of deep beach sand. So it's no surprise we chose a pickup truck. What are the trucks that sail over the sand without a hiccup? For us, a midsize was the choice. It is also harder to get in and out of those bigger trucks!
Turned out that truck was the Toyota Tacoma. It’s a great midsize pickup truck that ticked off our requirements. The other midsize trucks on the market that we considered were the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier. But a truck must reach out and grab you, and none of those did it for us. The Tacoma is like surfing on sand. It’s strictly a personal preference. I’m sure they are capable vehicles, but not for us.
Why Choose a Toyota Tacoma Pickup Truck?
Here's what really clinched the truck deal for us:
A Jeep on the Beach is Great Too!
The other truck that we think would have worked for us as a great beach vehicle is the Jeep Wrangler. It's no surprise the Jeep Wrangler makes just about every list when it comes to off-roading or beach use. Yes, it has great options and capabilities, but for us it would have been about driving in the open air. What is better than driving on a sandy beach with emerald colored ocean on a hot sunny day? What a feeling driving that Jeep totally exposed with the ocean breeze blowing through your hair (or what’s left of it) and showcasing that toned beach body (we can dream). Yes, for us a Jeep Wrangler would have been a top truck to consider for the beach driving lifestyle. Maybe next time?
If you can get your hands on one, the new Ford Bronco has great possibilities for a beach driving truck. The Bronco Riptide Concept truck is made for the beach lifestyle! The “concept” is similar to a Bronco with the Sasquatch package and tons of accessories. Thanks to the Bronco modular design, they were able to outfit the vehicle with adventure gear that allows for freedom and versatility.
Ford’s press release states that the Bronco can be customized with many features, which are great for beach excursions.
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