The perfect car for a summer road trip should be comfortable, easy to drive, have ample cargo space and provide excellent fuel mileage. With that in mind, here are the five best current cars for any summer road trip.
1. Toyota Sienna
The Sienna SE has room for eight passengers plus cargo, and it has amenities that make road trip life wonderful. The second row seating, for instance, is designed by La-Z-Boy and tremendous for either sleeping or lounging. The worst part is that your passengers will likely fight over who gets to use them.
2. Subaru Outback
The Outback is the modern version of the ultimate family wagon. It only has room for five passengers, but if that meets your needs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better road trip experience. Driver comfort holds up over long trips, and the basic 2.5i comes standard with all the amenities you need.
3. Honda Odyssey
The Odyssey is listed at 27 mpg highway but often outperforms that. It distinguishes itself from other minivans by offering a refined ride and agile handling. It also has seating for eight, ample cargo space and a number of clever storage options that will let you maximize what you take on your trip.
4. GMC Acadia
The GMC is simply one of the best-rounded and durable crossover SUVs on the market, and it gets 25 mpg on the highway. It can handle anything that you’ll throw at it on the most adventurous road trip, and it’s dependable. It also has room for eight people and actually manages that in comfortable fashion, and if you’re taking less than eight, passengers will be able to lounge.
5. Ford Flex
The Flex is a crossover/wagon that seats six, is configurable for seven, has ample cargo space and achieves 25 mpg on the highway. It can seat six on a road trip comfortably and have enough room for a reasonable amount of gear for each person. If you’re going with four or less, the Flex offers tremendous space. The Flex also has a refined ride, ultra-comfortable driver seating and host of high-tech features even at the basic SE trim level.
Tips When Purchasing Tires
If you’ll be driving your own vehicle, then you need to consider these tips when purchasing tires. At the very least, you’ll want to rotate your tires, but if there is any tread wear at all, then it’s a good idea to go ahead and replace them. Geo-Trac tires are an excellent option because they’re long-lasting performance tires but sold at budget-level prices.