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Thule Picks Road Trip Vehicle of the Year

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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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  1. Ugly, Boring Subarus are NOT ideal road trip vehicles, as they are neither off-road capable, and their 4-wh drive system wastes valuable gas and adds to their weight.

    Boring, ugly subarus are snow commuting or soccer mom vehicles at best, and in Vermont only.

    Road Trips are done in fair and warm weather where 4 wheel drive is utterly unnecessary and a drag.

    The perfect road trip vehicle is a Honda Odyssey Minivan, with cylinder deactivation for long trips on cruise control, and over 500 mile range at 28 MPG, 250 HP, and awsome space and 4,500 lb weight (close to 6,000 with stuff)

    Whether slaves-to-fashion soccer moms and airhead college students like it or not.
     
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  2. Well I disagree with Thor, I think the Subie is a great choice and a fantastic alternative to a crappy SUV, let alone a minivan(even if it is THE minivan on the market). I'll take the Subie any day of the week. I really think the correct road trip vehicle is a Dodge Magnum R/T...........with MDS naturally!
     
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  3. Well Thor, you had me going until you mentioned the "Honda Odyssey Miniva".

    I guess you don't read other forums where there is some displeasure with your beloved 'cylinder deactivation' and the meager gas savings. 28MPG? Really? You better go to those forums and informed them drivers about that.

    BL in San Francisco (Toyota and Honda country)
     
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  4. Well Thor, you had me going until you mentioned the "Honda Odyssey Minivan".

    I guess you don't read other forums where there is some displeasure with your beloved 'cylinder deactivation' and the meager gas savings. 28MPG? Really? You better go to those forums and informed them drivers about that.

    BL in San Francisco (Toyota and Honda country)
     
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  5. Obviously some people never drove or even have been driven in the Odyssey.

    There is a TON of things the Odyssey is FAR Superior than the boring, ugly subaru for the purposes of THIS BLOG, ie, ROAD TRIPS.

    For just ONE example, You obviously don't have a clue that the Odyssey's considerable WEIGHT and its Excellent, very long WHEELBASE give it a ride equal to Mercedes S-class and BMW 7-series (such as my 98 740iL) in comfort on the HIGHWAY. In all three cases, you ride like a KING. In the Subaru, NOT EVEN CLOSE.

    Come back when you have some FACTS to tell us.
     
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  6. "Boring, ugly, boring, ugly." Yawn. Do you have anything useful to say about these cars, Thor? Where are YOUR facts?
    My Forester gets about 30 MPG on the highway despite it's "heavy" AWD system, and it's more than capable of any "off road" activity that your average American driver will ever do. It's comfortable for two people and two dogs on all our road trips and it gets me to work and back safely in snow and ice. Maybe YOU think it's boring and ugly, I think it and the Outback the best options for the money. And, in my opinion, nothing screams "boring and ugly" like a minivan, even from Honda.
     
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