by: Samantha Giunta
Mountain biking in Phoenix is all about off-roading, riding over rough terrain and having the perfect vehicle for the sport. When purchasing a vehicle for mountain biking you want to make sure you look for an SUV, a hatchback, or truck. These types of vehicles are typically larger and have a bike rack built onto the hood or have an easy way to attach your own.
The 2013 Ford-150 SVT Raptor – Starts at $44,000
The Ford Raptor is built-for-tough, and is a safe option with sturdy frame strength; roll stability control, and outboard mounted rear shocks. Its eco-boost engine is perfect for a ride at large, local favorite spots like Usery Mountain Regional Park.
2014 Range Rover Evoque – Starts at $52,840
While you pound through the dirt trails, you can sit pretty in the fine Oxford leather interior of the Range Rover. This vehicle’s 6-speed automatic transmission and hill start assist and descent control is perfect for the hilly trails of Estrella Regional or South Mountain Park.
2013-2014 Acura RDX – $38,000
This luxury SUV has all the amenities and strength needed for mountain bikers. The V6 engine and all-wheel-drive with intelligent control and the sequential sport shift automatic with paddle shifters provides the agility needed for tough trails. This vehicle would be the best for large parks with varying terrains like the desert jewel, McDowell Mountain Regional Park.