The 5 Best Car Camping Tents of 2020

For trips that don’t take you far from the car, these tents will let you rest your head in spacious comfort and style.

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Most Versatile: Klymit Cross Canyon 2


With its combination of breathability, ample storage options, and relatively light weight, the double-walled Cross Canyon is a great pick for car-camping duos who want to occasionally head into the backcountry. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Best Gear Storage: Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 3


The double-walled, two-door Blacktail Hotel 3 now has a new, 28-square-foot front vestibule that makes it the choice for climbers, bikepackers, and basecampers who place a high value on storage space. “The massive vesti made us the envy of everyone in camp,” one tester said after she and a partner completed a 20-day river trip through the Grand Canyon. Buy Now / Read the Full Review 

Most Durable: MSR Habitude 4


This tent is designed to handle whatever you throw at it: rough campsites, bad weather, boisterous occupants, anything. Durability helps soften the sticker shock, and one tester says that the double-walled Habitude’s 68-denier polyester floor was unaffected by rocky ground in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Most Spacious: Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 4


In search of a true home away from home? You’re in luck: The Copper Canyon is one of the biggest, most cabin-like new tents on the market. With 64 square feet of floor space, palatial, 7-foot-high ceilings, and four zippered windows, it’s made for those who might prefer cots and air mattresses to sleeping pads. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Best for Kids: Decathlon 2 Second Fresh & Black Three Person Tent


For increasingly independent young campers, the Fresh & Black is a smart option for your kids’ first tent thanks to its ease of setup. This shelter is unconventional: It comes in a flat, 3-foot-wide, disc-shape bag held in place by buckles. Buy Now / Read the Full Review 

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