5 Best Cars for the Great American Road Trip

1. 2014 Ford Flex
MSRP: $29,015

All of the small cube-shaped surf wagons that were released a couple of years ago to entice children into the road trips of yesteryear all managed to miss the mark in one big area: they only weren’t very comfortable or spacious cars.

The Flex has no such issue. Basically a minivan during a crossover’s body, the Flex has room for seven, 44 inches of legroom within the second row and an influence folding mechanism for stepping into the third row. A surprising amount of headroom makes it easy to move an outsized crew or throw some gear within the back and take an extended trip all while giving them enough room to maneuver no matter height.


2. Mini Cooper convertible.
MSRP: $25,700

This car, quite the other , has made the case that alittle car are often an incredibly fun road trip vehicle.

With the Mini, you’ll swap out colors, arrange the inside , trick it out with gauges and accessories and use its wide wheel base to hug turns while putting its impressive speed to the test. within the decade after its return to the U.S. market, the Mini sold 2.5 million vehicles and have become a cult favorite while the large gas guzzlers faded. Now Ford, General Motors (GM) – Get Report, Toyota, Honda and a number of other other automakers each have sporty, options-packed subcompacts. Meanwhile, the U.S. market became so hospitable subcompacts that the Fiat 500 that was banished a generation ago has made a comeback. For a marquee called Mini, it’s had a serious impact.

The Mini convertible comes loaded with its Mini Connected wall unit , featuring a 6.5-inch high-definition display, Apple (AAPL) – Get Report designed Bluetooth interface and app for smartphone and iTunes connectivity and optional GPS. While’s it is also attached with Sirius satellite radio, Pandora (P) and HD radio, the foremost indulgent item built into the dash is an “Openometer,” whose sole purpose is to count the amount of minutes or hours your convertible top is down during your trip. Oh, and there is no saying that roof has got to go all the way down, either, because the 3-in-1 roof allows passengers to open it halfway as an enormous sunroof.

3. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
MSRP: $21,995

What looks like an extended time ago, Subaru wont to make wagons. Not the large , high-ground-clearance crossover SUVs with the Outback and Forester names on them now, but actual wagons.

A whole lot of loyal Subaru drivers remember when the Outback was just a wagon, which is why this mini crossover has the design and feel of a wagon with just slightly more elevation. like all Subarus, the all-wheel drive is standard, but the 40 inches of driver headroom, the 43 inches of legroom and combined 52 cubic feet of cargo space with the seat down are all more SUV than Subaru wagon.

Still, the quality multi-function display and rearview camera are nice perks for Subaru’s smallest crossover, and people 33 miles per gallon on the highway are better than any wagon could manage. Besides, wagons never had Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, voice-controlled navigation or automatic climate control. All of it had been waiting just a couple of years down the road.

4. 2014 Mazda MX5 Miata
MSRP: $23,720

If you are going to travel with alittle car and a Thelma & Louise-style road trip, there is no better option than the Miata. Porsche (POAHF) will insist that its Boxster may be a superior choice, but the Miata costs almost $30,000 less and may be a more reliable automobile.

The engine is may be a little less zippy at 167 horsepower from a 2-liter, 4-cylinder. That said, the Miata and Boxster cars have similar acceleration (zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds for the Porsche, seven seconds for the Miata), similar ratings from Consumer Reports (90 for Porsche, 89 for Mazda) and similar customer satisfaction. The Miata’s available hardtop that kicks the starting price up above $27,000 only closes the gap further.

5. 2014 Honda Odyssey
MSRP: $28,825

Is a minivan fun? Not unless you’re one among the passengers in back watching a movie. Is it fuel-efficient? A combined 24 miles per gallon isn’t great, but 28 miles per gallon on the highway is superb for its class. Is it comfortable? Now you’re talking.

Before vain U.S. parents became preoccupied with how cool they looked trucking kids to high school , the minivan was the ride of choice. It’s never stopped being practical or comfortable and, in fact, has only tacked on more amenities. within the Odyssey’s case, its versatile cabin seats up to eight, with second-row seats which will be configured to suit three child seats. The Odyssey’s removable center console offers a useful flip-up trash-bag holder, and there is also a “cool box” beverage cooler to accommodate chilled refreshments. Available features include a blind-spot warning system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 16-inch screen capable of simultaneously displaying two program sources.

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