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Top 5 Road Trip Cars You Can Buy Right Now

Top 5 Road Trip Cars You Can Buy Right Now


The summer sun seems to amplify the call of the open asphalt because the warmer weather signals that we’re on the verge of entering peak road trip season. There are as many options for your summer getaway as there are automobiles in showrooms and used car lots across the country, but we’ve picked five of our favorites to help you get the most out of your May through September travel.


Check out the top 5 road trip cars you can buy right now and see if you agree with our choices.


  1. Ford Flex

Is there a better road trip vehicle out there than the Ford Flex? Styled after the surf wagons of the 1960s, the Flex features a rectangular, flat-roofed shape that bridges both the classic and modern eras. Its unique design also happens to afford it exceptional interior room, whether you’re taking advantage of its comfortable three rows of seating (for up to seven passengers), or its copious levels of cargo space. Throw in the fact that you can order the Ford crossover with a 365 horsepower, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive, and the result is a highway missile that can haul your family, friends, and all of their gear with considerable speed and style.


  1. BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is an excellent compromise for anyone who wants to enjoy sports car-like reflexes, but who also needs the versatility of a four-door sedan and the trunk space to go with it. The BMW 3 Series truly shines when found in 340i trim, which features a 320 horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that’s smooth and torquey – and which can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox for further fun on two-lane blacktop. Feel free to pile on the luxury features, too, because if you get tired of carving apexes you can load the 3 Series with enough equipment to make you forget that you’ve just eaten a few hundred miles over the course of an afternoon.


  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Is there a chance that your summer road trip might take you a bit further off of the beaten path than most cars can handle? The Jeep Grand Cherokee has you covered. This five-passenger sport-utility vehicle is as comfortable on the road as it is off-road, and with a bewildering number of models available – ranging from budget-friendly, V6-powered haulers to V8 rocket ships to frugal turbodiesel editions – you’ll be able to decide if you’re looking for hardcore trail-busting capabilities or more casual 4×4 fun. Regardless of which direction you head in, you’ll appreciate the generous five passenger accommodations offered by the Jeep, as well as its best-in-class infotainment features (which are particularly useful for keeping the kids amused on longer drivers).


  1. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Nothing says ‘America’ like a retro muscle machine tearing down the tarmac under the roar of a V8 engine. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack manages to deliver eye-catching muscle car good looks and tire-shredding acceleration combined with an adult-friendly back seat and a monster trunk suitable for stuffing all of your road trip luggage. That functional hood scoop sticking up in front of the windshield plus the 485 horsepower on offer from its 6.4-liter eight-cylinder engine never get old, regardless of whether you pair those ponies with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.


  1. Jaguar F-Type Roadster

Feeling the wind blow through your hair as you motor down the highway with the top down is something that everyone deserves to experience at least once in their lives, and what better way than from behind the wheel of one of the best grand touring cars on the market. The Jaguar F-Type Roadster isn’t just gorgeous to look at, it’s also one of the most engaging luxury convertibles on the market, and it allows you to choose between a supercharged V6 or V8 soundtrack – each of which is the perfect compliment to its opulent, leather-swaddled cabin. Twisty canyon roads or all-day Interstate driving present no challenge to the F-Type, which balances perfectly between agile athlete and premium porter.


russ komarnicki

May 16, 2017

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