After all, not every car can lug your paddlesport equipments with ease

People these days are actively getting into adventure sports. Paddlesports such as kayaking and canoeing are a few of the most popular forms of activities. But how do you carry your kayaks and paddles to the creek? Even though automakers provide utility packages on some of their models, things can still get pretty tight and rough. Tying them up on ’non-compatible’ cars sure plays the party spoiler before even the fun could begin. To get that out of your mind and to make sure you look forward to your paddle-sporting every weekend, we have listed ten vehicles that are the best on the market for kayaking and canoeing.

Subaru Outback

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The Outback is a phenomenal product that mixes between a car and a crossover, but it’s not a wagon, either. It blends the best of both worlds while looking tough and handsome.

The Outback is rugged and makes for a perfect partner for your outdoor activity.

It has a roof rack with built-in crossbars that can be detached when not required, and a low roof that makes it easier to tie down your stuff. The Outback also boasts a ground clearance of 8.7-inches, and thanks to the well-tuned suspension, it can be taken over treacherous passages with ease. On the inside, it comes with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, moonroof, power tailgate, etc. It comes with a sticker price of $26,400.

Engine 2.5-liter, four-cylinder mill
Horsepower 175 horses
Torque 174 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) All-wheel drive
0-60 mph 7.1 seconds
Top Speed 139 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Nissan Rogue

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Unlike its name, the Rogue is actually a straight-forward, no-nonsense crossover that knows its duties and does them well. Its utility and versatility make it one of the best cars for kayaks. It’s available in hybrid avatar as well. Nissan also offers the Rogue with an all-wheel-drive setup on every trim.

Nissan has also provided a pass-through in the backseats which help you use the cabin space without having to flip the seats.

The spec list includes stuff like seven-inch touchscreen, moon roof, etc. You can also get yourself a surround-view camera system on the higher trims to help you maneuver through tight spaces. It starts at $25,000.

Engine 2.5-cylinder, four-cylinder mill
Horsepower 170 horses
Torque 175 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Front Wheel Drive
0-60 mph 9.1 seconds
Top Speed 125 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan Rogue.

Ford F-150

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Ford F-150

The F-150 holds the ’best-selling’ title for a reason. You can expect the utility of a typical pickup truck along with the luxury that this segment has not heard of. It looks handsome, comes with multiple powertrain options, and is filled with features inside the cabin.

The F-150 is available up to an eight-foot bed, thus making it one of the best vehicles to carry kayaks.

Inside the spacious cabin, Ford has offered features like eight-inch touchscreen system and moon roof, among others. The Ford F-150 starts retailing at $28,200

Engine 3.3-liter, V-6 mill
Horsepower 290 horses
Torque 265 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Rear wheel drive
0-60 mph 7.8 seconds
Top Speed 105 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford F-150.

Subaru Forester

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The Forester is known for its utility and comfortable ride quality, both of which are quite necessary when you’re in the market for a vehicle for kayaking. The crossover provides an immense amount of cabin and cargo space, lots of safety tech, and a good fuel economy as well.

From an enthusiast's point of view, it may not seem as engaging as you would like it to be, but it can lug all your paddles and lifejackets with ease

. It is fairly loaded on the inside as well, with 6.5-inch touchscreen, keyless ignition, etc. To make things better, Subaru has offered the Forester with an all-wheel-drive system as standard. The automaker sells the Forester from $24,300.

Engine 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 182 horses
Torque 176 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) All wheel drive
0-60 mph 8.5 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Subaru Forester.

Honda CR-V

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The CR-V cracks into this list for its excellent versatility. Whether you’re hauling luggage, people, or your outdoorsy items, this Japanese SUV makes a strong case for itself.

The rear seats have a pass-through so you can load your paddles without having to fold the seats. Honda offers a luggage rack as an option as well.

The CR-V comes loaded with stuff like a seven-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, moonroof, and heated front seats, to name a few. Overall, the CR-V is one of the best cars for kayaking. The CR-V starts at $24,400.

Engine 1.5-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged
Horsepower 190 horses
Torque 179 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Front wheel drive
0-60 mph 8.8 seconds
Top Speed 112 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Honda CR-V.

Volkswagen Atlas

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The Volkswagen Atlas is one of the best cars for kayaks, thanks to its room-like cabin space that can swallow just about anything. The Atlas has the typical VW fit and finesse inside the cabin and is designed to serve well as a daily commuter and for those adventurous weekend getaways.

Flip the second and the third row and stuff in all your canoeing equipment while still having space to seat a couple of people.

Thanks to the roof rails, you can also tie up your stuff ’on’ the car. The Atlas is not devoid of any tech features and is in line with the competition. Volkswagen has offered it with two engine options, but both of them require visits to the fuel pumps frequently.

Engine 2.0-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 235 horses
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Front wheel drive
0-60 mph 7.2 seconds
Top Speed 135 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

GMC Canyon

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It might be an odd duck in this list, but do not underestimate the GMC Canyon. Even though its ride and handling have gotten better over time, the GMC Canyon still feels like a truck and will primarily be used for off-roading and carrying kayaks and stuff.

The truck measures 19 feet from end-to-end and in crew cab or extended cab form.

The Canyon can be a great camping vehicle once you add a canopy to it. GMC offers a lot of customizations on the Canyon, but that increases the prices significantly. The interior is classy and refined, and the automaker also offers multiple, robust engine options. GMC sells it for $22,200 in base form.

Engine 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 200 horses
Torque 191 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Rear wheel drive
0-60 mph 6.8 seconds
Top Speed 99 mph

Read our full review on the2019 GMC Canyon.

Toyota RAV4

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The RAV4 is clearly not the winner on this list, but it is backed by a long history and its hauling capabilities. It is one of the most stylish crossovers out there today. It comes with a wide range of trims, has a lot of safety tech, and can wander through unknown terrains confidently.

On the inside, the space is compromised, but the roof rails will help carry your canoeing equipment comfortably.

We would recommend the Adventure AWD trim that comes with better off-roading skills and is tougher than the other variants. In terms of features, Toyota offers the RAV4 with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, keyless ignition, and dual-zone climate control, to name a few. The car comes with a starting sticker price of $25,500.

Engine 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 203 horses
Torque 184 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Front wheel drive
0-60 mph 7.8 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Toyota RAV4

Nissan Pathfinder

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The Pathfinder is mainly known for its utility and cabin space, and that is exactly what this list is all about. The Pathfinder has no dearth of space whatsoever on the inside, and you can create a lot more by flipping the rear seats.

The second row can slide forward, and the rear doors open wide, which helps loading tricky stuff with ease.

Other than its luggage lugging prowess, the Pathfinder can also haul people comfortably on long journeys. Despite the big engine, it will not interest enthusiasts, but the car’s feature list is quite rich. Nissan also offers the Pathfinder with an all-wheel-drive setup on every trim level. Not to mention, there are roof rails where you can tie your kayaks safely. The Nissan Pathfinder starts retailing at $31,000.

Engine 3.5-liter, V-6 mill
Horsepower 284 horses
Torque 259 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Front wheel drive
0-60 mph 7.4 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder.

Honda Passport

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The Pilot’s sportier alter ego needs a mention here even though it does not stand out from the crowd. It is an all-rounded vehicle that neither excels, nor disappoints in any department. The all-wheel-drive trims of the Passport sit slightly higher off the ground than the other trims.

Honda also offers a big roof rack as option, which not just suits the personality, but is also more than capable to load the kayaks and paddles and what not.

The Passport features an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging pad, etc. The top-trim is priced well north of $40,000 but the base trim retails at $32,000.

Engine 3.6-liter, V-6 engine
Horsepower 280 horses
Torque 262 pound-feet
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) Front wheel drive
0-60 mph 6.2 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Honda Passport.

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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