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.