Top Vehicles for Road Trips

Spring is here. And that means explosive growth, new beginnings and excitement about things to come.

We are fans of being on the road. The road trip is a quintessential American experience, and one that we find especially charming, given our interests of an automotive nature.

When the weather is good, and you’ve got the right wheels under you, a good road trip is tough to beat. Well, you may not be able to control the weather, but according to a 2013 survey by the automotive review site Edmunds, the best cars (with the percentage of survey respondents that chose the vehicle, stated in parentheses) for taking your tribe on a long haul are:

BMW 3 Series Wagon (36%)

This entry-level luxury wagon has a long list of strengths, including sporty driving and top-shelf appointments that make the driving fun.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel (15%)

Well-rounded midsize SUV fits five passengers and is graceful on- or off-road.

Volkswagen Passat TDI (13%)

Refined style and diesel efficiency, a respectable family sedan option.

Chevrolet Impala (7%)

Roomy, solid, modern update for the 2014 full-size sedan, with a comfortable ride and modern features.

Honda CR-V (6%)

Roomy, fuel-efficient, with high safety scores. Good driver and passenger experience and features.

Mazda CX-9 (6%)

Fits the family vehicle profile and offers punchy handling and performance.

Ford Mustang Convertible (4%)

Classic fun-maker that always rates well among modern muscle cars.

Nissan Altima (4%)

Refined, efficient and very nice to drive. Performance that will not be ignored; refreshing for a family driver.

Toyota Prius V (3%)

The Toyota Prius V is the first alternate model offered in the popular hybrid line, and gives a larger, more family-centric alternative to the Prius hatchback.

Hyundai Santa Fe (3%)

An upset in the crossover division, bringing high quality, comfort, style and power to the driver

Ford C-Max Hybrid (2%)

A compact crossover with a twist, filling the gap between small commuters and minivans. Economical, with good handling.

Kia Forte (1%)

Always a good value, full-featured for a compact sedan, well-styled, and competitively priced.

Honorary mention: We’d like to give special shout-out to the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country for the Stow ‘n Go® seating that allows all seats rear of the front row to fold flat into the floor of the cabin. You can ride to a destination with a vehicle full of passengers, and when you get there, the Town & Country can become a spacious and adaptive part of the adventure.


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