Is there something near as satisfying as a road trip in Summer? The Road Trip is a time-honored tradition, whether you’re going to a baseball game with your buddies, to the beach with all of your parents, or taking the kids and dog out into the wonder of nature for a camping trip. Yet you need the right wheels to make the most of your next lengthy highway ride.
We’ve narrowed down our favorite vehicles for all types of road trips, from sporty to rugged. And if you’re boarding a romantic getaway for two or throwing the whole family in the backseat, we have a car for you. Plus, we selected from a wide range of price tags, ensuring that every budget has a road trip. After all, the best aspect of any road trip, even if you can afford to travel, is the journey itself, not the destination.
The Jeep Renegade is essentially a compact crossover-half an SUV and half a conventional four-door sedan. This newly launched model (2015 was the first year it was sold) certainly packs into smaller frame in a lot of features. Although it can not be comparable to a full-fledged SUV in size, the Renegade has plenty of storage space in the rear. When you are going to head into the forest, it’s the best vehicle to take because it has four-wheel drive with a variety of settings like dirt, sand or snow.
Minivans have a poor reputation everywhere as the uncool vehicle-of-choice for suburban football moms. But we say that’s unfair, because new van models are sleek, elegant and get packed with everything you need for a great road trip. For example take the Kia Sedona. For the price (starting at about $22,000), a family vacation may not be a better choice.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
We move from a road trip ‘s budget edition to one where you travel in high style. The Bentley Mulsanne starts at about $300,000 and is a full-sized luxury vehicle. If you don’t have kids in the backseat who spill crackers or apple juice (or you ‘re just too rich to think about those things), then this four-door beauty might be right for you. It’s fitted with every piece of luxury you ‘d expect from a Bentley, and even includes a wine cooler that has room for two full-size (hopefully equally luxurious) bottles of champagne.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Keen for a road trip but preoccupied with gas prices? Check out the electric Toyota Highlander. It not only has enough room for eight people, it also offers 28 mpg with a conventional 3.3-liter engine paired with an electric motor. The Highlander’s newest models also come with a whole host of new security features, along with entertainment features that will keep you amused on your next Summer trip — an 8.0′′ touchscreen infotainment interface and a 12-speaker JBL sound system are eligible for upgrades. Plus the Highlander is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions depending on the terrain you plan to address.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Forget to be the baby, or your friends. The Mazda MX-5 won’t keep every one of them. Rather, this variant of the iconic Miata sports car is the ideal vehicle for a couple on the road trip (even if that means taking your non-romantic BFF). Although the MX-5 isn’t the biggest car on this list, nor the most powerful one, when it comes to the Miata, people still seem to agree on one thing — it’s just fun to drive as hell.
The CR-V has been part of Honda’s lineup since 1995 and is one of the classic compact crossovers. Only this vehicle’s name suggests it’s meant for fun, as CR-V stands for “compact recreational vehicle.” Honda has sold millions of these vehicles, and with good reason. They are great for any aspect of life, from your regular drive to the workplace (around 25 mpg) or get away with family or friends for the weekend (ample storage space in the back).