We are just days away from one of the biggest road-trip weekends of the year – the 4th of July. With that in mind, the SpeedList team sat down and decided to come up with a list of the Top 10 Best Road Trip Cars.
The criteria? Well, first and foremost the vehicles on the list had to have space for your friends/family and all of their luggage – so tiny hatchbacks and compact sedans were out of luck. Second, we wanted them to be a bit exciting. Yes, there is a minivan on our list but we wanted most of the cars on the list to be something you would be proud of when you pull up to a service or rest area.
What did we come up with? See the list below.
Comfortably seating 5 passengers, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel not only has room for their luggage but a diesel engine that will offer you an outstanding 30 mpg highway and a driving range of 730 miles on one tank – meaning fewer stops (unless you need to take a bathroom break).
Station wagons are one of the best road-trip vehicles and the Jetta SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel is one of the best. With 60/40-split folding rear seat and a bunch of room for your luggage and passengers, the Jetta SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel can average 30/42 mpg (city/highway). Power comes from a 2.0 liter engine making 140-hp.
Not only is the 2015 Mazda CX-5 a perfect road trip car for the young family, it’s also the perfect everyday car. Powered by a 2.0L SKYACTIV-G, the CX-5 boasts best-in-class EPA-estimated 35 highway MPG, that’s better than some hybrid SUVs. In terms of looks and comfort, Mazda has really stepped up its game when compared to its competitors.
Of course, at least one minivan had to make our list of the Top 10 Best Road Trip Cars. Out of all the minivans out there, we chose the new Honda Odyssey, since it’s one of the best-selling, most comfortable and most reliable out of the bunch. We would pick the Toyota Sienna but that just looks plain boring. Pricing for the Honda Odyssey start at $28,825 and with that you get room for 8-passengers, 15 cup holders, an insane amount of comfort and a powerful 248-hp V6 engine.
What would a Top 10 Best Road Trip list be without a convertible car? A boring list. For the young couple or two best friends hitting the road on an adventure, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible offers style and performance that is unmatched by its competitors. Of course, you can pull up in a Mustang Convertible, but it won’t turn as many heads as a Camaro Convertible. Plus the comfort and convenience of having OnStar when you get lost is much better than relying on the glitchy Microsoft Sync.
With its very sharp looking exterior, the Ford Flex proves that you don’t have to look extremely boring in a minivan to go on a family road trip. Comfortably seating 6-7 passengers, the Ford Flex has an outstanding interior that will keep the rear-seat passengers entertained with an optional DVD entertainment system. Powered by a 3.5 liter V6 that pumps out 287-hp the Ford Flex will also give the driver some joy in driving.
Yes – we know, this is an extremely expensive vehicle. However, this list is created to have something for everyone and that means you rich folks as well. As an icon in the large luxury sedan market, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most comfortable on a long drive. The new-generation S-Class offers everything from reclining rear-seats, hot-stone massages, and folding tables. Not to mention you can also get an optional refrigerator to keep cooled drinks.
The Chevrolet badge has become a stamp in American road trips. The recently unveiled 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe (cheaper than its GMC Yukon sibling) is the perfect all-American SUV for the all-American large family. Seating 7 passengers the Chevrolet Tahoe is stylish and extremely comfortable for long road-trips. Power comes from a 5.3 liter V8 making 355-hp. Not to mention you will also have some sufficient towing capabilities.
If Buick has ever done anything right, it has to be the Enclave. As a luxurious and stylish family crossover, the Enclave sits 7-passengers an extremely plush leather seats – making it perfect for a long road-trip. Power comes from a 3.6 liter V6 making 288-hp allowing for a fuel-economy of 17/24 mpg (city/highway) for the FWD model and 16/22 mpg for the AWD. Don’t want to cash out close to $48,000? You can also take a look a the Enclave’s Chevrolet sibling, the Traverse.
If you’re just a regular family of 4, don’t need an insane amount of cargo space, and are just looking for a normal mid-size sedan to get you going on a not-so-long road trip, the Mazda6 is probably your best bet. As the most stylish among today’s mid-size sedans, the Mazda6 also offers outstanding fuel-efficiency from its 184-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Mazda6 gets an EPA-rated 26/38 mpg (city/highway).