- Posted June 2, 2014 by
Top cars for summertime road trips
Looking forward to a summer road trip, but need a new set of wheels for the journey? There are hundreds of vehicles to choose from, but if you want to maximize your fun these are the cars you should look at when you are out car shopping.
1) Ford Mustang Convertible: The Mustang is an excellent choice for a fun car that will get you to your destination in style with the wind blowing through your hair. Pricing starts at around $28,000 for a new one, though used models can be had for much less money. You get your choice of a manual or automatic transmission, and a fuel-efficient yet powerful 3.7 liter V6 or the mighty 420 hp 5.0 liter V8. Next year, an EcoBoost model joins the lineup for even better economy.
2) Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: The four door version of Jeep’s iconic Wrangler model is an SUV that is ready for anything. 4WD comes standard, as does the smooth and powerful 3.6 liter Pentastar V6. Manual and automatic versions are available, and as always, the top is removable for a convertible-like experience.
3) Honda Odyssey: Sometimes the best car for a summer road trip is the car that was designed for it - the minivan. Last year’s bestselling minivan has a long list of standard features to help make any road trip a breeze, no matter how long. The Odyssey is a low maintenance family hauler that gets the job done without any fuss. The available built-in vacuum is pretty cool too for those unexpected messes.
4) Dodge Durango: With a massive update for the 2014 model year, the Durango is better than ever if you need something that can still seat 7, but can tow your boat or travel trailer with ease. There is loads of technology available, and a new 8-speed automatic transmission to help boost fuel economy to 25 mpg on the highway. You get your pick between the Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 and the 5.7 liter HEMI V8.
5) Toyota Prius v: The biggest of the Prius family of hybrids is your best bet when it comes to combining fuel economy and space. The v model gets 44 mpg in the city, and still has room for five people and all their gear. Compared to other wagons and crossovers, the Prius v ends up being an incredible value, especially with all the standard tech features built in and the reliability of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system.