Best Vehicles For A Family Road Trip

August 1, 2010

Road trips are fun and choosing the right vehicle could make all the difference to your ultimate driving experience. A family road trip requires a car to be safe, reliable, economical, and also capable of handling any road in its path. These top five 2010 vehicles are the ideal solution to all your driving needs.

2010 Cadillac CTS Sports Wagon
There was a time when wagons were boring and the average driver may have been ashamed to own one. However, the Cadillac CTS Sports Wagon brings a whole new perspective into the world of wagons. Not only does it look great, this vehicle is also powerful enough to handle any family road trip. The base 3.0-liter V-6 gives out 270 horsepower, which is more than enough for the average trip. If that isn't satisfying enough for you there is also the option of the direct injection 3.6-liter V-6. The CTS is expected to get 18 mpg in the city and 27 while on the highway. With the seats down you will get 58 cubic feet of space, and around 25 with them up. You can expect to pay around $39,830 for the base CTS Sports Wagon.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox
At a base price of $22,615, your road trip purchase could work out to be quite cheap with the Equinox. It is most definitely a family vehicle with plenty of leg room and comfort for long trips. The vehicle is one of the most fuel efficient in its class, getting 22 mpg in the city and an incredible 32 mpg on the highway. The base model has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gives 182 horsepower and there is an optional 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 264 horsepower. Safety features include side-impact air bags and seat-mounted driver and front passenger air bags. Stability control, traction control, and brake assist are also part of the safety package.

2010 Honda Odyssey
This comfortable and high performance minivan comes in four trim levels, the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. It has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 244 horsepower as standard. You can also choose the i-VTEC cylinder-deactivation engine that has 241 horsepower, which is available with the EX-L and Touring model. These two trim levels can do 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg while on the highway, while the other models will do a little less. The Honda Odyssey has what it takes to be a great road trip car and is reasonably priced at $26,805.

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
At a base price of $27,950, the Fusion Hybrid is an affordable mid-sized vehicle. The best thing about having a hybrid as a road trip car is the fuel economy; it gets 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The combined engines consist of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 156 horsepower and an electric motor making 106 horsepower. It is one of the best looking hybrids on the market too, and is comfortable, with great handling capabilities. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is the ultimate choice for a road trip, especially since you will be saving money on gas.

2010 Audi Q5
This compact SUV is nicely designed on the inside and also gives a comfortable ride. The base model comes with features such as heated power mirrors, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and automatic climate control. If you want additional features they will cost you much more than the starting price of $37,350. The engine is a 3.2-liter V-6 rated at 270 horsepower and it comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. In true Audi style the Q5 looks outstanding on the outside as well as the inside. 

Any one of these vehicles would make a great choice for a family road trip. They offer comfort, reliability, power, and all the safety features to ensure you are confident driving them. Take one of these cars on your family road trip and you can be sure you won't be disappointed in the ride.

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