For customers who buy a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV, it's about all-wheel-drive performance and lifestyle. Subaru says about 33 percent of Crosstrek owners will use their subcompact SUV for off-pavement recreation and camping this summer. With the long Labor Day weekend just around the corner, check out eleven accessories for a Crosstrek that turn it into a mobile campsite.
According to a recent report from Kampgrounds of America (KOA), camping has exploded in popularity in the last six years. An estimated 7 million people have started camping since 2014, with around a million new households purchasing a tent in 2018. And outdoor adventure is also rising, from biking to hiking to kayaking.
The report also says campers are moving away from using a tent and picking less traditional options like sleeping in their vehicles and rooftop camping. Owning a Crosstrek is popular with a younger generation with active lifestyles flocking to the all-wheel-drive model.
What are the best camping accessories for a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?
You don't need to pull a camper or even buy a tent to enjoy getting away from the city and further away from civilization. You will want a few accessories to make your camping trip enjoyable and keep your vehicle clean. The following six accessories are available from Subaru.
To keep your vehicle clean as you get further away from civilization, Subaru's All-Weather Floor Mats are a perfect solution ($97.99). Many owners take their furry friends along, and a Compartment Separator/Dog Guard works excellent to keep your furry friends safely behind the second seat. ($191.71).
When you lower your second-row seats, the cloth seatbacks are exposed and can get dirty or torn. Rear Seat Back Protectors ($129.95) provides additional protection to the seatbacks when transporting oversized cargo.
A rear Cargo Net is a perfect way to securely tuck away your camping equipment or your dog's toys. ($54.95 for two side cargo nets, $49.99 for seat back cargo net.) A Luggage Compartment Cover ($224.95) keeps your valuables out of sight while you are on the trail and away from your car.
To keep your cargo area clean, the Cargo Tray/Trunk Tray ($129.95) protects against stains and dirt while providing a surface that helps reduce cargo shifting while driving. It can be easily removed for cleaning.
Other must-haves for camping
If you don't want to sleep in your new 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, a rooftop tent can turn your small SUV into an outdoor venue wherever you'd like it to be. Torque News featured the seven best rooftop tents for you, and we also researched the seven best roof racks that offer a safe and sturdy platform for your tent. These accessories are available for all three models.
Mountain biking is one of the fastest-growing sports around the globe. You can transport your mountain bikes with a hitch-mounted bike carrier or a roof-mounted bike rack. We've researched them both, and you can read more here.
The following two camping accessories can take your Subaru to the next level. An excellent, easy to install system includes a cooking stove, water source, and folding bed frame and mattress. You can check out three different designs here.
The last item has an in-car fridge unit to keep your food fresh and cold. We've done the research, and here are the eight best In-Car Fridge Units for your Subaru Crosstrek. Happy camping and happy Labor Day weekend!
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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