7 Best SUV Tents That’ll Last You a Lifetime (in 2021)

Are you going on a small trip in your spanking new SUV and want to bring a lightweight tent? Here are 7 awesome SUV tents that might suit you.

After being caught in the noisy and busy city life, nothing’s better than camping in an SUV tent. It’s the perfect escape to a quieter and peaceful weekend.

A good tent offers more comfort and protection than a sleeping bag or hammock, whether you are car-camping, backpacking in the mountains, or spending a night at your favorite campsite.

Let’s take a look at 7 of the best SUV tents that money can buy in 2021.

1. Napier Sportz Cove SUV Tent

The Napier Sportz Cove is perfect for parties and picnics with its 2′ awning. It’ll also keep you safe from any excessive sunlight or rain.

And if you’re like me, totally obsessed with great views, you’ll love the fact that it features a mesh screen door which allows for bug-free scenic views.

The setup is pretty easy and takes anywhere between 2 minutes and 5 minutes depending on your tenting skills 🙂

It’s all in all really tough to NOT like this tent as it’s coming in at $130 and has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon with countless positive reviews.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Features a 2′ awning
  • Relatively cheap

Cons

  • Storage bag should be larger
  • Not ideal in colder weather
  • Instructions could be better

2. Napier Backroadz SUV Tent

The Napier Backroadz is much like the previous Napier tent I just covered but comes with a removable outer roof layer. On rainy days, you can leave it on and on sunny days, you’re able to remove it to expose two huge mesh windows for improved ventilation and airflow inside the tent.

Inside the tent, you’ve got a lot of storage options to organize your personal items and a large door to make entrance that much easier if you’ve got a tall truck.

The SUV tent comes in 6 different sizes on Amazon which can be quite the hassle to figure out but the tent itself will fit most SUVs.

Also, in the description on Amazon it says “easy to set up” which is probably a little salesy. It’s definitely not as easy as the Napier Sportz Cove.

Pros

  • Removable rain cover
  • Lots of storage options
  • Fits most truck beds

Cons

  • Sizing guide is weird
  • Not as easy to set up
  • Careful when “pitching” it

3. Rightline Gear SUV Tent

The Rightline Gear SUV Tent is one of the largest tents that made this list. You’ll sleep in your car while having a whopping 8′ x 8′ of covered floor space.

You’ll even be able to bring your two kids or your parents (if you can tolerate them) and sleep up to 4 people at a time in the tent. Two of them sleeping on the floor.

The tent fits any SUV without a truck bed so you don’t have to worry whether it fits or not. It’s 99% certain that it fits your SUV as well 🙂 But always double check!

Lastly, it features a “sewn-in bathtub floor” that keeps both water and critters out and requires no ground tarp. Score, right?

Pros

  • Sleeps 4 at a time
  • Fits almost all SUVs
  • Requires no ground tarp

Cons

  • Not exactly easy to set up
  • Doesn’t pack light
  • Not the best zippers

4. Granville IV-S SUV Tent

If you thought for a second that the Rightline Gear SUV Tent was massive then you’ll be flabbergasted by the Granville IV-S. It’s 9′ x 9′ and you’re able to sleep up to 5 adults in the tent alone (but it’ll be a little tight) and two in the car.

You can also use the tent as a standalone tent if you’re at some point leaving the car at home and going for a hike.

What’s really cool about the SUV tent is the fact that you’re able to set it up in less than 2 minutes. Just extend the pre-assembled tent poles and you’re done.

With it comes a rainfly and an awning that measures 6′ x 4′ but I wouldn’t rely on the awning one bit. It seems a little flimsy to be honest.

Pros

  • Pop up technology
  • Fits up to 7 people
  • Can be used standalone

Cons

  • Awning seems flimsy
  • Wouldn’t use in wind
  • Questionable quality

5. Hasika Awning Tarp

This isn’t really an “SUV tent” but rather a friggin’ awesome awning. If you’ve got a car that you can already sleep in, you’ll love it.

You’ll have more than 60 square ft. of shade from sun and rain. That’s plenty of space to cover both tables, chairs, coolers, kids, etc.

What really surprised me was the quality of the awning. They’re giving you a quality guarantee and for a good reason. It’s hard to describe but it just feels right.

But don’t expect it to hold up against strong rain combined with a tad of wind. You’ll be soaked in a matter of seconds. Been there done that! 🙂

Pros

  • Great quality
  • Covers a large area
  • Fits almost all cars

Cons

  • Not suitable for sleep
  • Suction cups are terrible
  • Non-adjustable legs

6. Redcamp Camper Trailer Sun Shade

If you thought the Hasika awning was covering a large area, you’ll love the Redcamp awning. It covers a whopping 10.4′ x 7.5′ and protects you from rain and wind.

What’s really cool is that it can be used on the side of the car just as easily as using it on the back. And it’s actually quite easy to install. It’ll take two people anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes to properly set up.

One thing that’s a bit meh is the stitching. After a year’s time they’re flossing. Might need to swing out the good ol’ sewing machine once in a while.

Other than that, the material itself is amazing. The poles are also quite sturdy but it would’ve been nice with a telescopic function to adjust the height of the poles.

Pros

  • Easy to set up for 2 people
  • Covers a big area
  • Quality tarp

Cons

  • Stitchings could be better
  • Doesn’t cover rain and wind
  • Telescopic poles would be nice

7. Hasika Tailgate Shade Awning Tent

If all you’re looking for is an SUV tent that’ll protect you from rain, wind, critters, and maybe even aliens for as little money as possible, this is the one.

The Hasika Tailgate is the perfect solution if your girl asks you to sleep over at your parents in law’s place but you’re not so keen on the idea. It provides plenty of privacy while not allowing critters (no pun intended) to enter the car.

Joke aside, it’s a solid choice if you’re just going for a cheap tent but it’s, as to be expected coming in at $70, not the most sturdy tent. And it likely won’t last you years to come.

Pros

  • Effective awning
  • Very cheap
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Not very sturdy
  • Won’t last a storm
  • Small gaps in the sides

Final thoughts

There are tons of SUV tents out there that won’t even last you a week which makes finding the ideal tent a challenging process.

However, there are a few things you can keep in mind to ease up the process:

  • What’s my budget?
  • For how long will I use the tent?
  • Do I need critter protection?
  • Am I camping in the summer or in the winter?
  • … and lots of other questions 🙂

One thing I really want you to do is read through the reviews over at Amazon. Don’t just skim them. Really go through many of the reviews and decide for yourself.

It’ll last you a ton of time shipping back products that you’re not pleased with.

Other than that, happy camping!

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