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10 Cars for Your Next Summer Road Trip

Cars for Your Inner Road Warrior

Cars for Your Inner Road Warrior

Summer is coming, and it’s about time to take that next epic road trip.

Subaru Outback

Should your road trip involve some outdoorsy-related activities, the Subaru Outback will be your best bet. With nearly 9 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive, trails shouldn’t be an issue. Even with the extra ground clearance, the Outback still handles relatively well on pavement thanks to its traction and low center of gravity.

Honda Ridgeline

If extensive tailgating is in the cards for your next long road trip, then the new Honda Ridgeline is calling your name. Cool features such as an in-bed audio system, dual-action tailgate and a large trunk compartment that can double as a cooler for your drinks. The Ridgeline even has a power outlet in the truck bed in case you decide to bring a blender for margaritas on the go.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Does your idea of a road trip involve rock crawling and hardcore off-road adventures? Then the Jeep Grand Cherokee will do you wonders thanks to its impressive capability when the pavement ends. For the best balance of capability, torque, and fuel efficiency, consider the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, which has 420 lb-ft of torque on tap.

Kia Sedona

For a family of road warriors, the Kia Sedona—especially in SXL trim—is the ideal minivan for long journeys. To ensure maximum comfort, ditch the eight-seat configuration and opt for the second-row captain’s chairs that recline, move side to side and fore and aft, and come with a footrest.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

In case you need to get away for a bit and be on your own, a solo road trip is in order. No other car is better for that than the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sure, your friends won’t like the fact you can’t bring them along, but you’ll still have a lot of fun once the road gets twisty and the car’s lively handling makes you grin from ear to ear.

Volkswagen Golf/Golf SportWagen

Regardless of which model of the Volkswagen Golf family you get, you’ll have an excellent all-around car that is an excellent choice for road warriors. Blessed with an excellent blend of practicality, great agility, and power, the entire Golf lineup is a family of overachievers that punch well above their weight.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Those who haul their entire wardrobe on road trips should consider the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. It’s one of the most spacious crossovers in its segment even with the extra powertrain components. Additionally, with all-wheel drive as standard and a combined output of 194 hp, you’ll be able to tackle all weather conditions and haul a variety of costume changes without breaking a sweat.

Chevrolet Impala

There’s nothing like driving a large, comfortable sedan across the country. The Chevrolet Impala takes things up a notch and gives you up to 305 hp to go with your spacious cabin so you can easily devour long stretches of highways quickly and in quiet solitude.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

For the ultimate in road-trip luxury, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the ideal sedan to be chauffeured in while you sleep or even indulge in the car’s massage function. Or consider the Mercedes-Maybach S600 (pictured), your personal limousine complete with optional cooler and silver champagne flutes for a bubbly toast on the go.

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 offers exceptional levels of comfort thanks to its tranquil interior. Should you have friends who want to tag along, they’ll be comfortable in the spacious second row. The XC90 also features generous cargo carrying capability for all of your gear.