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Increase Storage In Your SUV: 7 Best Roof Racks For Wilderness Adventures

What’s the best way to increase storage in your new Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, or Outback? Check out the 7 best roof racks and baskets for your all-wheel-drive SUV.


A new-generation of adventures seekers are finding out the new 2019 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek and Outback make great vehicles to explore and get away from civilization. The small SUVs offer one of the best all-wheel-drive systems, good fuel mileage, and cargo carrying ability. But when you need more storage for outdoor gear when adventuring into the wilderness, the best way to increase storage is a roof rack or basket.

There are quite a few options on the market for your Subaru, and depending on your need, there are platform racks which have accessories such as shovel and ax holders, light brackets, tire tie downs and more. Baskets are much more useful for gear since they have raised sides and help keep gear in place. Here are the best roof racks and baskets for your Subaru Forester, Crosstrek and Outback all-wheel-drive SUVs.

CURT Roof Rack Cargo Carrier
You can use your Subaru factory roof rails and crossbars to mount a cargo basket from Curt. It features a simple 2-piece design and a durable powder coat finish, fits onto most roof rail systems, and adds 11 horizontal square feet of carrying space to your Subaru. If you need more cargo room, this one is compatible with an extension piece to increase the capacity even more.

ROLA Rooftop Cargo Basket
The Rola rooftop cargo basket offers a simple 2-piece construction, has a durable powder coated finish, comes with universal mounting hardware and includes an easy-fit custom air deflector to help reduce drag when in use. A simple solution for all your hauling needs, this is a safe bet for anyone that wants big value and little fuss.

THULE Cargo Basket and Roof Racks
There’s no need to go any further than your nearest Subaru dealer. Subaru now offers a selection of Thule carrier and rack products to its customers through the Subaru Genuine Accessories program. Thule branded roof-mounted crossbars, cargo boxes, bike, watersport, and snowsport carriers, as well as a hitch, mounted bike carrier, are all be available for purchase at Subaru’s dealerships throughout the U.S.

RHINO RACK Platform Rooftop Rack
Rhino Rack’s Pioneer Tray and platform is sturdy and reliable. Available in a number of different sizes suitable for your Subaru Forester, Crosstrek or Outback. Their products feature a durable powder coated finish, is non-corrosive so it won't rust or fade, and is compatible with a full suite of Rhino Rack’s roof rack accessories, so you can customize it to whatever you need to haul.

Front Runner makes a large number of racks to suit all measure of vehicles like Forester and Outback. They also come with everything you need to mount them, so you don’t need to buy a bunch of extra hardware to get the job done.

YAKIMA Cargo Baskets
Yakima's OffGrid cargo basket hits the sweet spot with a modern style and strong build. It’s built to haul coolers, duffels, firewood, camping gear and more, and features a quick-release mounting system for easy installation. It also includes adjustable accessory bars for adding gear mounts to carry bikes, boats and boards.

BajaRack makes the Mule and the MegaMule racks for Subaru Crosstrek and are rugged, aerodynamic gear baskets using the factory crossbars. The standard basket racks fit all model year Crosstreks.

Subaru created a niche with their unique all-wheel-drive Forester, Crosstrek and Outback SUVs. Adventure seekers use the recreation-purposed vehicles to get far away from civilization, and with platform racks and baskets you get extra storage for outdoor gear when adventuring into the wilderness.

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