10 best road-trip cars
Just in time for summer travel, Kelley Blue Book has provided a list of the top 10 new vehicles best suited for road trips.
KBB says: "The Volkswagen Eos is a sporty coupe that's also a sexy convertible, thanks to a sleek, sophisticated retractable hardtop. This chameleon also has an exceptionally wide glass sunroof for when you want the open-air experience without getting that wind-swept look."
KBB says: "The iconic Prius doesn't just deliver the best highway mileage of virtually anything on four wheels, it also features a flexible hatchback design and enough interior volume to qualify as a mid-size vehicle."
Mini Cooper Clubman
KBB says: "With excellent fuel economy and a fun-loving attitude, the Mini Cooper has earned its way onto our list of top road-trip cars for the second year in a row.
The new Clubman offers more passenger and luggage space than the standard Cooper, making the largest member of the Mini family an even more ideal long-haul companion."
KBB says: "In addition to a plush, flexible interior, the EX35 offers a Lane Departure Prevention System that can help keep any driver -- quite literally -- in line.
A small camera detects lane markers in front of the vehicle and, when inadvertent lane departure is detected, the system applies a small amount of left or right brake force to nudge the vehicle back on course."
KBB says: "Ford's new full-size, three-row crossover will be turning heads from coast to coast all year, while treating occupants to cold drinks with its class-exclusive refrigerated console."
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
KBB says: While the Tahoe Hybrid's highway fuel economy rating of 22 mpg is only two mpg better than that of its gas-only counterpart (the hybrid's bigger advantage is in city driving), it's nevertheless the most fuel-friendly full-size SUV on the road and provides seating for eight, plenty of cargo solutions and the ability to tow your boat to the lake."
KBB says: "They say that getting there is half the fun. In the Dodge Grand Caravan, getting there can easily be all the fun.
The Grand Caravan's wide variety of entertainment options includes multiple DVD players, video game inputs, two overhead video screens, SIRIUS Satellite TV and radio as well as rearward-swiveling second row seats, all helping to transform the once humble minivan into a virtual party on wheels."
Bugatti-Veyron KBB says: "We recently drove six top-selling mid-size sedans in a back-to-back comparison test, and the remarkably quiet and comfortable Chevy Malibu handily outshined the competition on the highway. The first car in the category to combine a flexible six-speed automatic transmission with a gas-sipping four-cylinder engine, the Malibu is capable of an impressive 32 highway miles per gallon."
Bugatti-Veyron KBB says: "If the price of fuel has impacted your yacht time more than your driving habits, you might find the $1.5-million, 1,001-horsepower, 16-cylinder, quad-turbo, 250-mph Bugatti Veyron an ideal alternative the next time the jet is in the shop. Just keep in mind that at full speed, the Veyron burns through its 26-gallon fuel tank in about 12 minutes."
Audi S5 KBB says: "Combining a silky 354-horsepower V8 engine, impeccably tuned suspension and quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi S5 delivers high levels of both performance and comfort, along with the elegance to arrive in grand fashion."