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Traveling cross country has been a major part of American history. Beginning with the idea of Manifest Destiny in the early days of expansion into the western US and continuing today with cross country road trips, getting out and experiencing the many different parts of the United States is almost a part of the American identity.
Though nearly any mode of transportation offered today is a much better choice than the covered wagons of the 1800s, some cars are more cut out for the trip than others. Here are some of the five best cars for road trips.
A well known American classic, the Jeep Wrangler has been a top choice for road trips for generations. Designed with adventure in mind, the Wrangler has lots of features that can help with an extended road trip. The Wrangler is built on an incredibly capable 4 wheel drive platform, allowing it to access more places than most other vehicles. In addition to its off road capabilities, the Wrangler can handle pavement like a champ. Rated at 23 miles per gallon highway, the Wrangler can take you further than before.
The 2018 Wrangler is also safer than ever, featuring advanced front and side airbags, blind spot monitors and rear cross detection sensors, which help to alert drivers of nearby vehicles that can be hard to spot otherwise.
As one of the top selling crossover SUVs in the nation, the Mazda CX-5 makes for a great family car or ultimate road trip machine. The CX-5 was designed “for driving enjoyment and rejuvenation” and has plenty of features to help maximize comfort for both the driver and passengers.
The CX-5 uses Mazda’s i-Active All Wheel Drive system, which can adapt to changing road conditions, helping keep it safe in weather of all types. At 31 miles per gallon, fill ups are few and far between.
With seating for 5 adults, a power liftgate, premium sound and bluetooth connectivity, the CX-5 is built to keep you comfortable for the long haul.
A staple of the SUV market for a number of years, the Ford Explorer is one of the top vehicles for a road trip. The largest vehicle included on this list, the Explorer has seating for seven, meaning no friend or family member is ever left behind. Powered by Ford’s proven Ecoboost V6 engine, the Explorer has plenty of get up and go for the mountain passes of the west, while still making an estimated 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
Ford designed the Explorer with performance in mind and did not stop with the engine. The interior of the vehicle features up to four USB charging ports as well as premium audio options.
Safety-wise the Explorer is offered with Ford’s Safe and Smart package, which includes rain sensing wipers, auto high beam lights, and other features to keep you safe and sound mile after mile.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Looking to road trip in style? Look no further than the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Another American classic, the Corvette first debuted in 1953 and has been a favorite of car enthusiasts ever since. What the Corvette lacks in space, it makes up for in style and performance.
However, the Corvette is not for the faint of heart. With 650 horsepower and an estimated top speed of over 200 miles per hour, the Corvette is by far the sportiest car included on this list.
A top choice of adventurers everywhere, the Subaru Outback is a great road trip car. The Outback comes with integrated roof crossbars, which can be used to haul things like bikes, kayaks, or cargo. Subaru’s proven all wheel drive system offers drivers a safe and capable vehicle that excels both on and off the road.
The Outback is also available with Eyesight technology, which helps spot upcoming road hazards and keep you from drifting out of your lane.
For the extra adventurous, fold the seats down, set up a sleeping bag, and spend the night sleeping in the back!