Thule Picks Road Trip Vehicle of the Year

March 23, 2008

Who'd have thought it? An outdoorsy, adventurous gear company chooses an outdoorsy, adventurous vehicle as its Road Trip best pick for 2008?

Each year, Thule--they make roof racks, roof-mounted storage bins, and other outdoor-oriented stuff--names its "Road Trip Vehicles of the Year," one over $30,000 and one under. They judged each based on criteria that a family of four would require for the perfect road trip--from gas mileage to the number of cup holders. (But we're sure they had dudes like this guy in mind, too.)

This year's winner under $30,000 was the Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited. The Subie sport wagon boasts 8.4 inches of ground clearance, as well as comfort options like heated seats, four cup holders, and a dock for an MP3 player. It squeaks in right under Thule's limit, with a base price near $26,000.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited won the award for cars priced over $30,000. Thule says this crossover is large enough to drive all day comfortably with a family of four, and with its four-wheel drive system, can take you where ever you need to go.

Not surprisingly, both of the choices work seamlessly with Thule's racks, cargo boxes and outdoor accessories.

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