Best vehicles for road trips

Edmunds released a list of the Top 10 Best Road Trip Vehicles in August based on their editors’ selections. Some of their choices like the number one pick, Chevrolet Equinox, or number three pick, Ford Flex, make sense. There are also some anomalies though. Take a look at the breakdown:

  1. Chevrolet Equinox
  2. Chevrolet Suburban
  3. Ford Flex
  4. Hyundai Genesis
  5. Mercedes-Benz E350
  6. Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
  7. Porsche 911 Carrera
  8. Porsche Panamera
  9. Volkswagen GTI
  10. Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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Sure, a Mercedes or Porsche are great vehicles for long and winding drives, but how can these be included in the same list as a Chevrolet Equinox or VW GTI? This list should have had some prerequisites outlining the best vehicles for road trips based on how many people are riding along or by class. In the luxury class, take the Mercedes E350, in the sporty class, take the Porsche, and so on. In some ways it is rather insulting the Chevrolet Equinox finishes first on the same list a Porsche Panamera finishes eighth. Then again, the Chevy Equinox can claim victory over Porsche, Mercedes and Volkswagen- that doesn’t happen too often…ever.

When most people take a road trip, they usually have gear or luggage and more than two people. Thus, a crossover (CUV) which is built on the platform of a car is the perfect road trip ride. Typically good on gas mileage, roomy and full of nice features like panoramic sunroofs, the crossover is the newly crowned road trip king and much improved in looks over its predecessor the minivan. Most automakers currently have a crossover in their lineup with seating for up to seven and a generous towing capacity. Some of the more popular crossovers include the Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, Ford Edge or Toyota Venza. Most of these models have been available for a few years so finding a good deal on a used crossover aint no thang at all.