Best 4 Person Car Camping Tent – Buyers Guide

BEST 4 PERSON CAR CAMPING TENT

best 4 person car camping tentIf you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan life, or you want to enjoy a serene and natural environment, then camping is an experience you should try out.
However, many people have had their camping experiences turning out to be horror stories of long and cold nights in the woods or on the beach due to various problems with their camping equipment, especially the camping tents.

There are various types of camping tents classified based on suitability to seasons, number of persons it can accommodate, or its mode of transportation (either backpacking or car camping).
Due to the almost endless variety of branded products that fall into this category, many people might find it hard to settle for a particular choice. Therefore, this article is a compilation of ten of the best 4-person car camping tents available for purchase presently.
In no particular order, our reviews and verdicts about each tent are after extensive testing in the harshest conditions are explained below:

1. Browning Camping Glacier 4 Tent

This tent is included in this list because of majorly because of its freestanding ability, among other things. Having a tent space of 72 square feet and weighing in at 19.4 pounds, the Browning Camping Glacier 4 is a perfect pick if you’re looking to spend either a few nights or weeks in the woods or on the beach. Its highest point measures 6ft, which gives ample standing space.
Its freestanding ability means that you do not need to disassemble lit before you move it around. Also, it is easy to assemble on the least suitable grounds and doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete assembly.

You also do not have to worry about keeping out the elements if you’re camping in the extreme regions. The mesh side panels and doors will help keep you cool in hot weather, and the waterproof fly will help keep you warm in the cold. Apart from the ventilation control, the mesh also provides an awesome view of the sky at night.

Some other awesome features of this tent are its ample storage space provided by the vestibule and the numerous storage spaces which help to keep the insides of the tent tidy. The poles used in assembling the tent are made of aluminum, which further contributes to the sturdiness of the tent. It is waterproofed up to 2000nm and is suitable for all camping in all seasons.

PROS

  • Easy to assemble
  • Sufficient head space
  • Freestanding

CONS

  • Seams get damaged suddenly
  • Water could leak into the tent if not well assembled

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2. Kelty Outback 4 Tent

The name Kelty is synonymous with high-quality camping tents, and the Outback 4 is no different. It has a weight of 9.6 pounds and a ground room of 57 square feet. Even though it just only one D-shaped door, it still has sufficient ventilation and due to its upper part, which is made of mesh, which allows air circulation around the tent.

The mesh body also adds to the aesthetic value of this tent due to the stunning 360-degree view of the sky it gives at night, which makes it perfect for stargazing. The poles used in erecting the tent are made from fiberglass; therefore, extra care has to be taken while using them to prevent damage.

A slight downside to this tent is the absence of vents, which makes it a little stuffy when camping in hot environments. There is also limited space to keep muddy shoes and other equipment brought on the trip.
PROS

  • Freestanding
  • Noiseless door zipper
  • Cheap price

CONS

  • Limited gear space
  • Fiberglass poles
  • Cannot be used in winter (3-season tent)
  • It can be stuffy in hot environ

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3. Coleman Sundome 4 Person Car Camping Tent (Best Value for the Money)

The Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent is the cheapest tent on this list, and it does wander far off from the rest in terms of quality. With its ground space of 60 square feet and a weight of 9.7 pounds, it will house four people (even though there won’t be much space left).

Given its 3-season tag, the tent can only be used for camping in mild weather conditions as it is only built to withstand fair weather. Its ventilation is decent, with its small mesh panels located on the roof and sides. There is also an additional floor mesh which provides extra ventilation to compensate for the small-sized windows.

Even with its price, it has a feature that only the most expensive tents possess in the form of an E-pocket. This will provide power for charging electric devices or connecting lamps in the interior if the tents.
If you’re someone who enjoys camping in fact weather conditions without much gear to pack, then this is the tent for you.
PROS

  • Economic price
  • E-pocket inclusions

CONS

  • Fiberglass poles
  • Only for fair weather camping
  • Low waterproofing ability

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4. Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent (Best Quality)

This is the second Big Agnes tent on this list, and it just goes to show how much quality the manufacturers input into the making of their tents. Having a ground room of 57 square feet and weighing 5.6 pounds, this tent is widely known for its ultra-lightweight, just as its name suggests.

Its almost all mesh body provides top-notch ventilation and a beautiful view of the night sky, however, you do not want to be caught in this tent in a cold environment. It also doesn’t come with a footprint that has to be ordered separately. Its 1200nm waterproofing ability is only fair for a tent of its price.
PROS

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Freestanding
  • Top-notch ventilation

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • Does not come with footprint

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5. Mountain smith Genesee 4 Person Car Camping Tent (Lightest Tent)

The Mountain smith Genesee 4 is one of the best tents on this list in terms of value for money. You do not have to break the bank to get this tent, and you’ll still be getting way more than your money’s worth with this tent.
The tent has a ground room of 56 square feet, and it weighs just 6.8 pounds, and this makes it one of the lightest tents we reviewed. It would even pass for a backpacking tent due to its lightweight.

It is also a freestanding tent, and it takes just about 10 minutes to assemble the whole tent on a first try. Its aluminum poles are set up in an X-shaped fashion, which helps to ease the stress of assembling. Its mesh walls allow for good air circulation; however, you should not buy this tent if you’re going to be camping in the cold as it doesn’t provide enough warmth.

You do not have to worry about heavy rains either. This tent was built to withstand the heaviest of rains. It can withstand up to 2000mm of vertical water and the ground room having a bathtub design, the interiors of the tent are kept dry even when it’s raining cat and dogs outside. It’s taped seams also contribute to its excellent waterproofing abilities.

The double vestibule also provides ample storage space for keeping your gear out of the sleeping space and prevent cluttering in the interiors of the tent.
PROS

  • Not enough headroom
  • Excellent waterproofing abilities
  • Ample storage space

CONS

  • Not enough headroom
  • Cannot withstand winter (3-season tent)

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6. Kelty Grand Mesa 4

Our last pick on this list of best 4-person car camping tents is not by any means lagging behind its counterparts in terms of quality and functionality. It has a lush ground space of 53.3 square feet and a center height of 55 inches, which would still allow campers of average height to stand comfortably. Its weight of 6.9 pounds enables easy packing.

The units pole supports are made of aluminum and withstand the test of time. Its freestanding ability also makes it easy to assemble.

You can take this tent as your able companion on your camping expenditure in a hot climate as its upper all mesh body provides all the ventilation needed and also gives a beautiful view of the night sky. The noiseless zipper allows people to slip in and out of the tent without disturbing others.

PROS

  • Has a flashlight loop
  • Noiseless zipper
  • Heat-reinforced
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Does not retain too much heat
  • Has a restriction on the body size of occupants

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7. Teton Sports Mountain Ultra

This tent has such a beautiful design, although its beautiful design doesn’t take anything away from its sturdiness. When used in the windiest of conditions, it still comes out strong as ever.

It has a floor space of 57 square feet and a weight of 9.5 pounds when assembled. Its full mesh body gives it an outlook that stands out from the rest and makes it perfect for enjoying the view on a cool, clear, and star-studded night sky. The mesh body could, however, turn out to be a problem on some windy nights (the fly should be able to provide enough protection though).

The water fly is rated to have a waterproofing ability up to 3000mm, which means it can keep out 3000mm of vertical water over a 24-hour timeline. It also comes with a footprint, and the tub floor design prevents the tent’s interiors from getting soggy even the ground is wet.

Another added advantage that the Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 4 boasts of is a lifetime warranty, and the manufacturers do hold up their end of the bargain as many users have testified to this fact.
PROS

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Easy to assemble
  • Very Durable

CONS

  • A tad expensive
  • All mesh body could be an issue

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8. Eureka! Copper Canyon 4 Tent

The Eureka Copper Canyon 4 has an ancient touch to its design due to its box shape giving a resemblance to cabins from the 19th century. However, this does not take anything away from the lush space that this tent has to offer. It has a floor space of 64 square feet and a height of 7 feet, and that is enough space for four people to sleep without frequently bumping into each other comfortably.

If you’re the type who’s clingy to your electronic devices, then you do not have a thing to worry about with the Copper Canyon 4. It’s e-pockets will provide you with the power to charge your devices or even power lights if you decide to go with a little style for the tent.

The boxy shape of the tent and it’s four talk walls gives enough space for you to stand comfortably in the tent without bumping your head into the roof of the tent.

One downside to watch out for is the steel and fiberglass poles used on assembling the tent. These are a little fragile compared to the standard aluminum poles used o most tents, so you have to handle with care.
PROS

  • Perfect for stargazing due to mesh covers
  • Presence of e-pockets
  • Moderate price

CONS

  • Fiberglass poles
  • Quite heavy

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9. Big Agnes Big House 4 Person Car Camping Tent

If you’re looking for a king-sized 4-person tent, then look no further than the Big Agnes Big House 4. This tent had so much space for us to sleep in and keep our gear. It should probably be called the ‘Burj Khalifa’ of tents. It can comfortably accommodate even the tallest of campers because of its 68 inches center height.

Do not let the big size of the tent fool you into thinking it is hard to assemble. It is one of the easiest tents to assemble on this list, and its freestanding capability enables its easy transport without having to disassemble it. The tent uses a three aluminum poles design, which helps the tent frame strong.

It has mesh panels both on the side and the roof of the tent to help optimize air circulation around the tent. The air ventilation is further improved by the presence of two large doors on either side of the tent, which both have a mesh cover.

Another unique functionality of this tent is the presence of an electronic pocket, which enables power to be passed through the tent so you can charge your electronic devices and even use lights in the tent to beautify the interior further.
With it’s the presence of loops and storage pouches, there’s more than enough space to store your devices and keep your muddy shoes without your sleeping space getting rowdy and unkempt.
PROS

  • Ample storage space
  • Electronic pocket
  • Top-notch air circulation
  • Good air ventilation

CONS

  • Price a little bit on the high side
  • Aluminum poles could get bent

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10. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx

If you’re planning to camp out with the family in an area during summer, autumn or spring, then the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx should be your companion. Its sturdiness and beautiful colors give a perfect mix of aesthetic value and comfort.

It has surplus ground space measuring 60 square feet coupled with a weight of 8 lbs, and you do not want to go backpacking camping without it. The tent is also freestanding, so you do not have to go through the stress of having to disassemble when moving the tent. It can also withstand very strong winds as long as the guy lines are attached.

However, we found the cleaning of the tent after using it a bit tedious due to the large footprint. The tent is also a 3-season tent and might not withstand the harsh conditions of winter.
PROS

  • Quite sturdy
  • Optimum air circulation
  • Holds firm in windy conditions

CONS

  • A bit expensive
  • Tedious to clean

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CONCLUSION

There are different kinds of 4 person car camping tents even though they have a common quality, which is their versatility and optimum space. One advantage that most car-camping tents possess is their freestanding ability, which enables them to be used in any ground condition. If you’re looking to buy a camping tent, it is advisable to go for a freestanding one.

You should know that this article is written after extensive testing of many tents, and it is also subject to our personal opinions and that of other users. Have a wonderful camping adventure!

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