Avid campers like me are fond of keeping a variety of canopies and car camping tents to carry the right fit for my individual camping needs. However, when it comes to buying a cabin or car camp, a lot of newbie campers confuse it with car top tents or hatchback tents. Let me make it very simple here. A car camp is just the perfect size and shape of the tent that is easily folded and carried in a car to the campsite. All three are different kinds and are meant for individual camping needs. Today, I have got you covered with my 10 best 4-person car camping tents that I found really easy and convenient to buy, carry, and assemble. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at all the listed car camping tents.

Top 10 4 Person Car Camping Tent Comparison

IMAGE PRODUCT NAME PRICE
Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant setup
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4-Person Tent
Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule
KAZOO 4-Person Outdoor Camping Tent
Coleman Tent Oak Canyon 4
Coleman Ridgline Plus 4 Four Person Tent
MOON LENCE 4-Person Pop Up Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4-Person Tent
Coleman Dome 4-Person Tent for Camping
Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-Up Tent

1. Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant setup

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup

Coleman 4-person Cabin Tent is popular for its 60 seconds instant setup, WeatherTech system, inverted seams, and 150D rugged Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric. This is why most of the newbie campers end up buying it for its affordable price and much-listed features. However, apart from all its great features and cool looks, sturdy telescopic pole structure, and welded floor for keeping the water out, I believe the floor size of 8 x 7 ft. which is around 56 square feet is not suitable for more than 3 people at a time. We were not able to secure much after having 1 queen size air mattress in the camp so if you’re finicky about space, proper posture sleep, and a less crowded environment, you must check out other options available in the market or may try a 6-person car camp for a 4-person car camping trip.

It has an extraordinary Dark Room Technology that blocks 90% of the sunlight making it perfect for a sound sleep while reducing the temperature buildup by 10% near the morning time – allowing you to sleep a bit more while the sun is up and out on its peak.

With fantastic 3 side ventilation, the tent’s center height is a bit annoying. It is 4 ft 11 inches or max 5 feet so you can’t really stand up. However, it has two small organizers where you can store your handy stuff and stay clutter-free. Dark Room Technology

Specifications

  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Closure Type: Zipper
  • Fabric Type: 150D/150D Polyester/taped seams

Pros

  • 1-year limited warranty.
  • Dark Room Technology.
  • WeatherTech Technology.
  • Instant setup.
  • Insulated seams and double-thick fabric.
  • Built-in 2 small organizers.
  • Lightweight and comes in a bag.

Cons

  • A bit small for 4 people.
  • Not enough headspace.

2. ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering dome-shaped, the lightweight yet strong and sturdy 4-person tent is an excellent car camping gear to carry to your camping trips. With its floor area of about 64 square feet, it has a good space to accommodate 4 people easily without getting cramped up. However, like many others, the center height of the tent is 84 inches which allows you to stand up freely, change, sit, and relax with your friends and family. mesh center of the roof

The inner tent and the fly are made up of 75D 185T polyester fabric, however, the inner tent is left uncoated to ensure breathability and zero condensation. That’s not it, the mesh center of the roof allows air to flow freely keeping the tent dry, airy, and smell free. Alongside, the floor is constructed of 75D 185T Taffeta fabric with 1500mm UV coating for keeping it waterproof and UV protected from all sides. The seams are inverted making it 100% rainproof and bug-free. The two-side entrances allow users to enter or exit the camp without hopping over others. The best part is that it has a gear loft and several mesh pockets for staying organized and clutter-free.

When it comes to testing the tent’s overall composure and structure, it’s 11mm shock-corded fiberglass poles do justice in rough weather conditions. Many campers say that Aluminium poles would have been much better but I don’t see any concrete reasoning to back the argument. The only thing that bothered me is its low-height mesh walls which hinder privacy.

Specifications

  • Weight: 20 Pounds
  • Occupancy: 4 Person
  • Closure Type: Zipper

Pros

  • Great value for money.
  • Very easy to set up and assemble.
  • Very airy and well ventilated.
  • Multiple mesh pockets for storage.
  • Water and windproof.
  • Has awnings.

Cons

  • Low mesh walls compromise privacy.
  • No footprint included.
  • No vestibules for extra storage.
  • Not suitable for extreme weather.

3. Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule

Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule

The most reasonably priced, Ayamaya Pop-up Tent is one of my favorite car-camping tents on the list. It’s 4000mm waterproof Oxford groundsheet offers a floor space of 106 square feet, ideally designed for a 4-person camping trip where you can easily accommodate your pet in the vestibule. However, its center height of just 54 inches doesn’t allow you to stand tall and walk around but it is comfortable enough for you to do most of your jobs. The quality of the fabric, floor, and structure is well kept with a 190-poly taffeta shell, 210 deniers Oxford floor, and 7mm fiberglass poles making it super sturdy, lightweight, and the most portable outdoor gear. The fabric is UV protected and thoroughly coated from all sides for a 100% waterproofing and bug-free experience. Additionally, if you talk about its overall ventilation cycle, you will find it airy and well ventilated through an adjustable rear vent on the front doors. For more airflow, you can let the ground vents work and push air through the mesh windows however if the weather turns cold and breezy, you can always zip up the doors and windows for a 100% warm and cozy environment.

There is no extra thermal protection used but it’s well-protected fabric, premium-quality 2-way SBS zippers, cuffs, and Velcro seal and locks the air from entering the camp until the mesh windows and doors are left open. The heat-sealed seams make it even more protected and concealed for tough weather conditions. So, unlike many others, you can enjoy 100% privacy in the camp.

The double-layered fabric of the shell traps warm air inside the tent, as there will be less heat transference. If I brag about its structure, it is coated with 3000mm waterproofing to prevent unnecessary moisture and any dew or rainwater quickly roll it off the tent.

It has plenty of storage pockets, gear lofts and surprisingly has a port to run electrical devices. The package includes necessary stakes and guy lines which are all packed in a round-shaped carrying bag for easy transport and portability.  The most interesting part is the initial setup of the Ayamaya tent, all you need is to bring it out and roll it in the air just like you throw away a frisbee. It opens and settles on its own.

Specifications

  • Ground Material: 210D Oxford
  • Fabric Material: 190T Polyester
  • Occupancy: 4 – 6 Persons

Pros

  • 2-year limited warranty.
  • Conditioned for all seasons.
  • Equipped with guy-lines and stakes.
  • PU3000 Fabric and Heat-Sealed Seams.
  • 4000MM waterproof PU-Coated oxford groundsheet.
  • 2 Doors + Hooded Vents + 4 Windows – More Ventilation.
  • Comes in a portable smaller carrying bag.
  • Has a pet space too.

Cons

  • Low mesh walls compromise privacy.
  • A bit heavy.

4. KAZOO 4-Person Outdoor Camping Tent

KAZOO 4-Person Outdoor Camping Tent

KAZOO is undoubtedly a multifunctional, spacious car camping tent with perfect ventilation, vestibule, and headspace for people to easily walk around without feeling cramped up in a small space. The initial setup of the tent looks tedious but it settles within 5 to 10 mins time.  It comes equipped with a full-length 210T Rip-stop Polyester rainfly to offer 100% protection from unexpected rain or tough winds.

With 2 functional B3 mesh and 190T breathable Polyester layers, the KAZOO tent also has two windows and two doors which are factory tested for waterproofing for above 3000mm. All seams are inverted and concealed ensuring 100% waterproofing and bug-resistance in any weather condition. The front door can be extended as a sunshade and the front porch has a footprint. Thus, with your front door extended, you can enjoy a serene landscape while resting in the tent. The high-quality SBS dual zippers, intuitively designed mesh interior pockets, incredibly strong yet lightweight structure and eco-friendly rip-stop fabric are a few features that make it stand up to your craziest adventures.

I was easily accompanied by three other fellas and we all slept comfortably in our cushioned sleeping bags. However, I’m sure that you can easily adjust two air mattresses in the space provided.

Specifications

  • Weight: 10.71 Pounds
  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Closure Type: Zipper

Pros

  • 2-year limited warranty.
  • Conditioned for all seasons.
  • Compact pack; comes with proper carry bag.
  • Rip-stop fabric material.
  • Full coverage rainfly.
  • Extended porch.
  • Suitable for 3 seasons.

Cons

  • A bit heavy.

5. Coleman Tent Oak Canyon 4

Coleman Tent Oak Canyon 4

The brand Coleman itself is a statement for quality, out of the box features, and convenience. However, sometimes it falls short of what is stated on the box like I didn’t find it very easy to assemble as mentioned but it wasn’t as bad as any regular car camping tent. It took us approximately 10 mins to bring it to its best shape, strength, and structure.

With a unique hybrid pole design, the oak canyon 4 is a strong and sturdy car camping tent that comes in compact packaging. The coolest part of this tent is the interior which allows you to settle this big tent into rooms, lounge, and porch. Whether you want individual rooms to rest and eat or you need one big space to enjoy together, this stylish car camp gives you the freedom to personalize it accordingly. No matter how you arrange it, space would never be an issue. Also, its revolutionary blackout system keeps out 99% of the daylight helping people sleep longer, comfortably at any hour of the day.

The high-performance fabric is fire-retardant which restricts the fabric to flare up immediately but offers enough time for people to escape if the need arises. You can also manage the inner temperature by storing energy from the sun on the surface of the fabric. It keeps 5°C cooler during the day and up to 1°C warmer during the night. It comes equipped with a hydrostatic rainfly of 4500mm integrated with PE groundsheet, making it an absolute UV protected, moisture, and bug-free 4-person car camp.

Specifications

  • Weight: 18.8 Kilograms
  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Closure Type: Zipper

Pros

  • 2-year limited warranty.
  • Conditioned for all seasons.
  • Very compact comes with proper carry bag.
  • Temperature management feature.
  • Dark rest design.
  • Rooms within a tent.
  • Fully enclosed & reliable.
  • Very functional tent.

Cons

  • A little expensive.
  • A bit heavy.

6. Coleman Ridgline Plus 4 Four Person Tent

Coleman Ridgline Plus 4 Four Person Tent

This Coleman Ridgline Plus 4 is an impressive dome tunnel styled, four-person car camping tent with 3 rooms, wide windows, the best awning configuration and so much more. It is divided into 3 sections – a central passage section with a removable, linked in bathtub style floor and mesh equipped doors on the opposite sides, double-layered two roomy sleeping pods on the sides with the well-protected sewn-in floor, perfectly sheltered under the shell tent. The sleeping pods can easily accommodate a queen size air mattress which is good enough for two people to relax. More space is there for your bags and some other luggage.

A total floor space of 105.3 square feet, a couple of vents, and a center height of 80.7 inches make this tent comparatively better than other tents. The only thing that may freak you a bit is that the floor in the central area is not sewn in so there are chances that some bugs or insects may crawl in. Since this tent is specifically designed for the European region, it is aerodynamic; strongly enclosed with its solid windows, and can survive in all 3 seasons.

This tent has no temperature control mechanism so I suggest this for cold and breezy days as you can totally insulate yourself by zipping up all the openings and closing all vents etc. Whereas, in hot summer nights, you can’t really keep the heat out of it. When it comes to weighing value for money, I totally admire this product.

Specifications

  • Weight: 10.4 Kilograms
  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Pole Material Type: Steel

Pros

  • 2-year limited warranty.
  • Conditioned for all seasons.
  • Very compact comes with proper carry bag.
  • 3 rooms, 2 doors, and 4 windows.
  • Smart storage spaces available.
  • High-end waterproofing.
  • Very comfortable for 4 people.

Cons

  • A bit heavy.
  • Not sewn-in living room floor.
  • No mesh on the outer doors.

7. MOON LENCE 4-Person Pop Up Tent

MOON LENCE 4-Person Pop Up Tent

Although this cool-looking camp can fit up to 5 sleeping bags, I personally believe the MOON LENCE pop up tent is an exceptional option for a 4-person car camping trip. The best thing is, it really is a pop-up tent. All you need is to press down on the top of the tent, it will pop up and erect to its original shape in a blink of an eye. Next, you just have to secure the stakes and check if you need extra support with the guy lines or not. With multiple mesh windows, you can ensure ventilation and the hook at the ceiling is great for hanging your lamps.

The overall 190T PU fabric of the tent is waterproof with a 210D oxford groundsheet; tested with a maximum 2000mm. All the zippers on the windows and doors are durable and sturdy; equipped with high-quality SBS zippers – enough to lock all the bugs, air, and moisture out of the camp. The tent seams are not inverted or insulated and may cause problems in heavy rain.

The package includes 10 simple steel pegs along with 5 guy-lines to secure the tent properly. The features say that it is a 3-season tent but if I closely look at its single-wall construction, I don’t find it appropriate for winter nights.

Specifications

  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Floor Width: 82.6 Inches
  • Closure Type: Zipper

Pros

  • 2-year limited warranty.
  • Great space for 4 people.
  • Waterproof.
  • Comes equipped with guy lines and stakes.
  • Proper ventilation.
  • Has 2 doors for easy entrance and exit.

Cons

  • Too long at packing.
  • Low center height.
  • Not appropriate for snowfall.

8. ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4-Person Tent

The rectangular-shaped, ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 Person Tent comes from the ALPS’ Camp & Comfort premium line of tents. It looks simple and clean yet offers great value for money with two doors, multiple mesh door windows, two vestibules, and a simple sturdy, and durable structure. You may not find any extraordinary features apparent in its overall structure but when it comes to the fabric built combined with the floor protection and safety floormat, freestanding fiberglass pole structure, you will understand that not everything durable is flashy.

The floor cover is made up of 75D 185T poly taffeta with 2000mm coating and the top fabric is 75D 185T vented polyester fly with 1500mm coating to resist UV damage. and hold tautness

The center height of 4 feet 4 inches is not impressive but not unbearable so let’s not make a reason for not buying this product. Its fumble proof pole clipping system allows it to erect on its original shape and size within a few seconds without needing you to sweat while assembling it. You will have to put a few more minutes into fixing the guylines and stakes for better grip and posture in rough weather conditions. For appropriate ventilation, Taurus has mesh roof vents and mesh door windows to keep it airy and moisture-free. The roof vent allows you to enjoy stargazing at night and if you check out the mesh storage pockets and 35-inches deep vestibules, you will agree that Taurus is smartly designed for better organization and a unique camping experience. It has a factory-sealed fly and inverted floor seams for 100% weatherproofing

What I don’t appreciate about this tent is its floor capacity of 64 square feet which is not quite enough for 4 adults. Since I try all my gears before I actually use them, I tried this camp in my garden before we left for camping and realized that three adults were more than enough to be in the tent together. With four people, it looked cramped up with no space left for any luggage. So, for your best experience, keep it for 2 adults and 2 kids or not more than 3 adults at a time.

Like all other ALPS products, Taurus also has strong dual-side zippers for the absolute airlock and the entire purchase comes in with additions like guy ropes and high quality 7075 aluminum stakes.

Specifications

  • Weight: 10.3 Pounds
  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Closure Type: Zipper

Pros

  • 2 vestibules, 2 doors, and 2 windows.
  • A free-standing pole system.
  • Extreme weather protection.
  • Well ventilated.
  • Equipped with stakes and guylines.
  • Easy to pitch and settle.
  • Multiple storage pockets.

Cons

  • Too tight for 4 adults.
  • Low center height.

9. Coleman Dome 4-Person Tent for Camping

Coleman Dome 4-Person Tent for Camping

This dome-styled 4-person car camping tent comfortably offers space for 4 young adults but if two or more adults are on the bulkier side, it won’t do. If a couple hangs out, there’s a lot of free space to store luggage and move around. While we pitched it on our campsite, it took around 10 minutes to finish it. The pole sleeves, pin and ring, and the snag-free suspension make it super easy to put it in place and have it ready without any trials and errors.

It has a built-in WeatherTec System which allows you to conveniently bear with all weather conditions. Its tub-like floor is sewn from the corners along with the inverted seams ensuring 100% insulation from not just air, heat, or water but bugs and insects too. Moreover, the tough poly guard 2X double-thick fabric protects you from heavy rain, snow, and harmful sun rays. On my trip, it rained for about an hour or more and we were all dry and safe within the tent.

Like many other Coleman camping tents, this too has a blackout system which keeps the daylight out and allows you to sleep a bit longer. But I feel, sometimes it gets too dark to look for things in the daytime. With its 4 feet 11 inches center height, you can stand and can easily move and do your chore. However, once you have your mattresses lined up, you have to slouch a bit to get in and out of the camp. Last but not least, it has a hook in the middle of the tent for you to hang the torch or a charging light, multiple storage pockets for a clutter-free experience, and an e-port to help you run your electrical devices within your reach.

Specifications

  • Weight: 10.24 Pounds
  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Closure Type: Zipper

Pros

  • 1-year limited warranty.
  • Very easy to set up and assemble.
  • Great storage pockets.
  • E-port to run electrical devices.
  • Blackout System.
  • WeatherTech System.
  • Tear-free.

Cons

  • Conventional pitching takes up to 10 mins.
  • A bit heavy.

10. Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-Up Tent

Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-Up Tent

The Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-Up Tent is a true performer and deal-breaker in tough weather conditions. The most promising thing is that it took me 2 minutes to set up the whole tent and 2 more minutes to put the guy-lines and stakes together; in 4 minutes alone, I was ready to get going.

It is designed with coated 210 Denier Oxford Weave Polyester which offers great resistance to harmful UV rays. Not just the top, the removable rugged 300D Oxford Weave polyester floor with waterproofing of 5000mm is 100% resistant to water and insects as all seams are taped for complete insulation. Since the floor is removable, it enables you to clean it right away without putting the entire tent down. Unlike most of the above-listed 4-person tents, Gazelle has a great center height of 78 inches which allows you to stand tall along with the outwardly inclined walls making it more spacious as compared to many others.

Another reason for Gazelle to look bigger and better is the artistically designed 6 windows and 2 wide open doors. All the openings are double layered with mesh and panels, offering full protection against insects, rain, sun, and wind. Features like the removable gear loft, two side storage pockets, and wall-mounted pouch pockets make it perfect for a clutter-free camping experience.

The pop-up structure works well in easing up the settling job with an integrated framework with all-metal hubs and solid fiberglass poles making it a solid structure that withstands stormy winds. And what makes it even sturdier is the durable YKK Zippers. The best part is, it comes equipped with a waterproof rainfly to offer warmth and a cozy experience on colder nights. However, if the weather is pleasant, you can put it off to enjoy remarkable skies from the convenience of your bed.

Specifications

  • Weight: 30 Pounds
  • Occupancy: 4 Persons
  • Pole Material Type: Fiberglass

Pros

  • 6 airy windows with 2 doors.
  • Very easy to set up and assemble.
  • Comes in a duffle bag.
  • Rainfly with integrated poles.
  • Waterproofing for 5000mm.
  • Best for all seasons except heavy snowfall.
  • Multiple storage pockets.

Cons

  • A bit tight for 4 adults.
  • Slightly heavy.

Things To Consider Before Buying 4 Person Car Camping Tent

When you opt to buy a 4-person car camp, here are a few things you must consider before locking your final choice.

  1. Seams and Zippers: Seams and zippers play an important role in keeping you safe from the wind, water, and bugs. It is absolutely better to buy a tent with taped seams for 100% water and bug resistance whereas zippered windows and doors must be sturdy enough to completely lock the gaps.
  2. Packaging and Portability: No matter how good a car camp is if it doesn’t offer adequate packaging and portability ease, it is useless. A car camp has to be easily foldable and wrapped in the carrying bag so you can transport it easily to your destination.
  3. Fabric and Structure: There is a variety of fabric and weave counts present in the market. All you need is to understand the element ‘D’. It represents the weave count – the more it is, the better. So, while you are choosing between 150D and 600D, you know which one would save you from the harmful UV rays and other weather conditions. However, if you aren’t a frequent camper, 150D to 400D would do the job. Also, the overall frame or structure of a camp has to be sturdy and wind-resistant, must be accompanied by guy-lines, stakes, and weight bags, or else it will blow off with the wind or heavy rain.
  4. Design and Spacing: You will come across a variety of eye-appealing car camps but it is wise not to get carried away with the looks only. Check if it has enough space, includes a rainfly, vestibules, and headroom for 4 people to move and settle down comfortably. If the center height is too low, it becomes tedious isolation than a relaxing trip.
  5. Pricing: Buying a good quality car camping tent must not ask you for a blank check. There are a lot of brands like ALPS, Coleman, Gazelle, etc. with decent products equipped with adequate features and affordable pricing. Always go for the right value for money products.
  6. Accessories: Camping tents are used in different weather conditions and many a time you require weight bags, guy lines, and stakes to hold them properly. Check what accessories are coming along with your purchase. If not, at least check if the tent has appropriate tie-down points.
  7. Ventilation and Condensation: These are two important factors that you must inquire about while buying a 4-person tent. The rainfly must have some top ventilation or else the experience becomes too damp and suffocating.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! However, it also depends where you’re headed to. You can’t spend a night in a wild safari with a car camp whereas, if you are camping in the wilderness, mountains or any regular nature spot, there’s absolutely no harm or problem in it.

I find vestibules great for keeping myself organized, handy, and clutter-free. However, some of the top quality 4-person car camps do not offer vestibules and it should not be a problem on a car camping trip, you have space in the car too and you can always use it for better organization.

A rainfly is the top covering of the tent to keep it secured and warmer in bad weather conditions. It is generally included in the all or 3 season camps, technically coated with PU and UV for 100% protection from the harmful sun rays, wind and rain. However, you don’t have to have it necessarily when you’re camping in summers until it starts to rain or gets too windy.

There is a huge variety that you can pick and choose from however if you’re camping with a 4-person car camping tent, it’s better to carry sleep bags or inflatable mattresses than those space-occupying air mattresses. Sometimes, air mattresses consume a lot of space without leaving any room for the luggage or other important stuff.

First, understand that there’s a huge difference between a backpacking tent and a car camping tent. A backpacking tent should not weigh more than 10 lbs. whereas, the car camping tents are a bit on the heavier side like 20 to 60 lbs. – all because you don’t have to carry it on your back and walk all along the trip.

Conclusion

Here I won’t recommend any particular brand or model because all of the above listed are my favorite 4 person car camping tents in their individual capacities. Out of all, my top picks are Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule, Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-Up Tent, and Coleman Ridgline Plus 4 Four Person Tent.
I also enjoyed KAZOO thoroughly and found it very comfortable, accommodating, and sturdy. However, the take-home is that no company has 100% perfect quality control, so it is wise to test the tent before you take it out camping. Also, it doesn’t cost much or takes a lot of effort to try some waterproofing solution on the seams yourself.

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