• May 20, 2008
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Next Monday is Memorial Day, which many think of as the official start of the summer driving season. That means it's time to pack your families and all their associated gear in the family truckster family sedan and head out to see the relatives. We've already seen one set of choices for the best vehicle with which to hit the open road, and now Kelley Blue Book has decided to throw its hat in the ring as well. They cover all the bases, so regardless of the size of your clan, you'll be sure to find a recommendation that suits you. Some of their choices, like the Grand Caravan sitting at number five, seem pretty obvious and would likely make for a smooth trip. If smoothness isn't really your thing, perhaps the Bugatti Veyron, number two on KBB's list, would be a better choice. Too fuel thirsty for your pocketbook? Consider the Prius at number nine. Take a look at their full list here.

[Source: Kelley Blue Book]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      what a dumb list, the best road trip vehicles should include nothing but minivans and large sedans/wagons with most room and comfortable seats. I think these should be a must to consider best road trip vehicles. get rids of all those coupes and convertibles in the list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Prius seems an odd choice, given most of its fuel economy advantages are erased on the highway. Me, I'd have to say a Saab wagon – quiet, comfortable, fast on the highway, economical, and with a refrigerated glovebox!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think I'd take a Saab myself.

        I just got back from a weekend at the cabin with two couples and a dog in the car.
        I was dreaming of a 9-5 wagon for that trip the entire time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The Prius seems an odd choice, given most of its fuel economy advantages are erased on the highway."

        The Prius and the Civic Hybrid both return highway fuel economy of 45 mpg, which is the best in the biz. That's a pretty strong advantage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        FWIW, in CR testing cruising at a steady 65mph the Civic hybrid got 47 mpg while the standard Civic got 43.

        Put the hybrid's low traction tires on the standard car and even that minimal difference would be gone.

        Electric assist recharged by the brakes is just dead weight when you aren't braking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sportyness is a dangerous attribute for a road trip car.

      Keeping it under 75 for 600 miles of open road in a car like the S5 or even the Malibu with the 3.6 would be pure torture.

      Something unwieldy and numb like a Suburban won't tempt you to push it and feed the highway pigs.

      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as Ford keeps making the Grand Marquis, and they still do, it is the #1 Road Trip Vehicle for 2008 and any other year for that matter. The ja***ss automotive journalists who compiled this list should hand in their letters of resignation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Out of all of those I believe the Dodge Grand Caravan deserves it's position, maybe the Malibu too.
      I'm unsure about the others.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "As your attorney, I advise you to rent a very fast car with no top."
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems to be a mix of a handful of different lists, only one of which has anything to do with the title. I can think of a few lists with a Prius and a Veyron and this isn't one of them. One of the dumbest lists I've read in a while. And I like kbb.com. Moving on...
      • 6 Years Ago
      A mini clubman? Did whoever come up with that list actually have any idea what the title was going to be when they made it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What an odd list!

      Very high end (Veyron)

      Low end (Dodge)

      But nothing that I would call a great road trip car...which I would consider to be something fun (not numb) to drive - that also holds enough gear for a road trip.

      An M5?

      An STi?

      An S4 Avant?

      Perhaps the aforementioned Saab Sportwagon?

      But nothing on this list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like fun list I would like to take each one on a road trip for a weekend.
      For me I would have to say our grand caravan makes a great road trip, lots of room,infinity stereo,very quiet interior, and a seperate row of seats for each kid!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That list is retarded.

      IMHO a great roadtrip car is one that:

      Holds stuff.
      Is quiet on the long haul.
      Cruises well.

      My old WS6 Trans Am was an awesome rod trip car (for two people. Backseat down with the hatch == awesome. Big ass V8 with 6spd = cruise at 75-80 at 2000 RPM. Drop it down a gear and punch it to pass.

      The G8 should be on this list.

      My CX9 is also a great tripper.

      The Veyron? WTF? Barely enough space for your arm candy's thong and purse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fantasy : Aston Martin DB9
      Why? It's a DB9

      Realistic : Dodge/Chrysler Minivan
      Why? Just way too comfy, and I can bring my friends

      Old car : 1984 Buick Electra Park Avenue
      why? 6 feet of crumple-zone in front, 5 more out back, seating for 6 AND all their luggage, wire-spoke wheels, pillow top seats, 6speaker concert sound, and its like gliding on a big iron couch.
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