Have you been dreaming of taking the ultimate summer road trip in a sweet avocado green wood-paneled station wagon like the one Chevy Chase drove in National Lampoon’s Vacation? Based on a 1979 Ford Country Squire station wagon, the highly customized vehicle’s airbag wasn’t exactly safe: It was made out of a trashcan liner.
Today you’ve got options for top road trip cars that offer better fuel economy, more comfort, and a lot more style than the Griswold family station wagon. We’ve got some road trip tips that will help you choose the summer road trip car that’s right for you.
Top Road Trip Cars For Families And Friends
Even if you’re just planning a short trip, if you’ve got a big family or group of friends, you’ll want a roomy, comfortable, reliable car. SUVs and minivans both fit this category.
Kia Sorento – The Sorento receives top ratings for interior comfort, roominess, and a high-quality infotainment system. Kia’s SUV is also a standout among mid-sized SUVs for its reliability record, above average fuel economy, and reasonable base price. The Sorento is one of a select number of three-row SUVs that are able to seat seven or eight passengers.
Toyota Sienna – Toyota’s Sienna is the only minivan in its class to offer an all-wheel drive option. It offers serious comfort for passengers, with optional second-row captain’s chairs with footrests and backrests. The Sienna also comes with Toyota’s driver assistance tech and safety package, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance, and lane changing assist.
Volvo XC90 – Volvo’s long tradition of safety holds up with the XC90, a luxury SUV with optional third-row seating. The XC90’s two-row option seats five, while the third-row option accommodates seven passengers. Volvo’s safety system includes automatic emergency braking and a driver alert control that protects against driver fatigue.
Summer Road Trip Cars for Couples
You and your significant other need quality time together, and what better way to get it than on the road this summer? These sporty performance cars or off-road performers can help you have an unforgettable time on a summer getaway.
Ford Mustang – Ford announced that it would phase out all of its traditional cars in North America, except the Mustang. The 2018 Mustang not only offers Ford’s classic sporty styling but a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine that puts out 310-hp while getting highway mileage of 32 miles per gallon. The Mustang’s interior comfort, infotainment system, and driving fun make it an ideal couples summer road trip car.
Jeep Wrangler – If you and your partner are more off-road than on-road enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat the Jeep Wrangler. Jeep updated its Wrangler line for 2018, improving comfort, driveability, and onboard technology. The Wrangler is a true SUV with unmatched off-road, all-weather capability.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet – You’ll cruise luxuriously under the summer sun in Mercedes-Benz’s class-leading convertible. The Cabriolet comes with Mercedes-Benz’s onboard technology and an impeccably-designed interior. While U.S. models are powerful with Mercedes’ customary high-quality ride and handling, the AMG E 53 Cabriolet boasts extra power with a 429-hp, six-cylinder turbo engine.
Reliable, Fuel-Saving Summer Road Trip Cars
If you save money on fuel, you can put those savings toward fun experiences. Reliability is another summer road trip must — no one wants to break down while on vacation. Here are a couple of economical and reliable road trip standouts.
Honda Accord Hybrid – Honda’s Accord was redesigned for 2018 and gets 47 mpg in city and highway driving while maintaining ample power from its 212 horsepower engine. The Accord Hybrid has plenty of trunk space for luggage along with folding rear seats and Honda’s excellent reliability.
Toyota Camry Hybrid – A spacious, comfortable interior and Toyota’s hybrid engine offering 51 city/53 highway mpg put the Camry Hybrid at the top of fuel-efficient, reliable, comfortable summer getaway cars.
Whether you’re setting off on a summer road trip in a sporty performance car, cruising down the highway in a family minivan or SUV, or saving on gas with a fuel-thrifty hybrid, it’s essential to make sure your car’s maintenance needs have been checked and you’re driving a reliable car. A maintenance plan can help to cover routine maintenance before you head out on the open road. Protect My Car’s extended warranties and car maintenance plans also include guaranteed 24/7 roadside assistance and lock out services. Ask about Protect My Car’s extended warranties or their Ambassador Policy for a worry-free summer road trip.