Summer is upon us and for some that means it's time to hit the open road with friends and family. Road trips can be fun, and for some even liberating. Aside from beef jerky, one of the most important parts of a road trip is the vehicle you take. This decision can end up dictating whether the journey ends up being an epic nightmare or a memory you'll cherish.
This week we chose some of the best road trip vehicles we could think of. While you may think for a second that a Lamborghini would be an awesome road trip vehicle, you'd be wrong. Things we considered were fuel economy, speed, comfort, technology, and above all else, not being stranded on the side of the road.
2013 Porsche Cayenne DieselEnlarge Photo
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel is an easy choice for a road trip. It's large, comfortable, fast, and rather fuel efficient for what it is with an EPA rating of 29 mpg on the highway. It can also tow, and if things get really bad, you could fold down the rear seats and sleep in the back end in a pinch. It also handles well, so if you find some fun roads you''ll be able to put a nice grin on your face. And even though it's a Porsche, it only costs about $56,000.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
2014 Mercedes-Benz SprinterEnlarge Photo
Another great road trip vehicle choice is the refreshed 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The base powertrain is a four-cylinder turbo diesel and a more powerful six-cylinder turbo diesel is available. It's large, comfy, and also fuel efficient for what it is. If you want to take things a step further Winnebago will convert a Sprinter van into a luxury liner. New technology in the Sprinter such as Lane Keeping Assist, Highbeam Assist, Blind Spot Assist, and Collision Prevention Assist will make the journey even safer.
2003 Audi S8Enlarge Photo
If you don't have the budget for a newer vehicle for your road trip, then a nicely sorted 2003 Audi S8 might be up your alley. These luxury sedans have fallen in price to an affordable level with a nice example costing around $10,000. With over 350 horsepower and Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, you'll be able to tackle whatever weather you might encounter. The leather Recaro seats up front will keep you very comfortable, and the all-aluminum body of the S8 will keep you safe if the unthinkable happens. At about 23 mpg on the highway it's also rather fuel efficient for its size.