For a lot of people in the world, and especially in the United States of America, taking a road trip is an interesting and fun experience which often helps people bond with their friends or family members in a quite unique way. These trips make excellent memoire materials or family gathering anecdotes.
However, many of them may include stories of hardships and car troubles on the road which can be stressful and spoil all the fun. Once in a blue moon do they take an amazing twist for the better, like in some Hollywood movies where being stranded on the side of the road leads to meeting cool people and having the time of your life.
Since we are not characters in one of such movies, it is best to be prepared. Choosing the right car for cross-country road trips is what makes all the difference. Here is what you should know.
You must consider the gas mileage. For cross-country trips, it is extremely important to choose the most efficient and wallet-friendly model of the car. Then, there is the storage space. Depending on the number of people and the amount of baggage they will be carrying, it is important to choose the model which will be able to fit everything with ease. And there are also models which offer special features such as GPS, wifi hotspot, or which are specifically designed for certain terrains such as deserts or mountainous rocky places inaccessible with your everyday city-driving car.
Here are some models which we recommend:
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
This model of the car allows you to save on gas and it offers a lot of room, storage, and it is the great choice for families travelling with children. It has Uconnect theater which supports some multiplayer video games allowing your children to spend time playing with each other instead of staring each at their own smartphone or iPad. The added feature for the parents of small children, which will allow them some peace of mind, is the map which answers the children’s annoying question every parent dreads: “Are we there yet?”
2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
As economical as the previous model, this hybrid focuses more on safety than on entertainment. Nissan Rogue has technology which prevents crashes and protects you in cases of collision. It is an excellent, safe cross-country car which also offers tons of space.
2017 Genesis G80 and 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
However, for all those people travelling alone or in smaller groups there are some stylish options. We recommend either 2017 Genesis G80 or 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Both German and Japanese car makers have done it this time by creating a perfect combination of a luxurious sports car and safety comfortable sedan. The German model offers more space, since the other one is a convertible which can seat only two with a limited storage space in the trunk.
If you cannot imagine a road trip if it is not in an SUV, we highly recommend 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. This car is one of the bestselling cross-overs which offers great fuel economy, and a perfect balance between passenger and storage space. And if you need added features such as seat heating, USB charging spots, blind spot monitoring, or Apple CarPlay or Android car, then the perfect SUV for you would be the Honda CR-V.
No matter what you choose, make sure to drive safely and have fun!