The 10 Best Road Trip Cars


Summer wanderlust struck fast and hard? We've got the top 10 cars for the ultimate road trip experience right here.

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As summer hits its stride and you prep for a big road trip—and especially if you already have a few trips under your belt this season—you might find yourself feeling frustrated with your too-small trunk, or the lack of back-seat cup holders, or your potential gas costs. Maybe you even find yourself fantasizing about an upgrade. Quoted’s road trip tips have covered traveling with little ones, advice for new couples and long distance drives, and even how to road-trip abroad. Now we bring you our top picks for the ultimate road-trip vehicle: the ten best for comfort, amenities, and gas mileage.

2015 Chrysler 300S

2015 Chrysler 300

MSRP: from $31,695
MPG city/highway: 19/31

Consumer reports says it “rides comfortably, handles responsively, and has a quiet, luxurious cabin packed with useful features and amenities.”

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • 7-inch customizable Driver Information Display (DID) with full color graphics
  • The Uconnect®8.4A System, which includes downloadable apps and more

Mazda CX-5

2015 Mazda CX-5

MSRP: from $21,545
MPG city/highway: 26/35

Kelley Blue Book says, “It offers Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies, which promise to combine fuel efficiency and performance. In keeping with Mazda’s sporty image, the Mazda CX-5 is actually fun to drive.”

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • Individual passenger comfort zones
  • Bluetooth equipped, for easy access to your road trip playlists

Audi

2016 Audi A6

MSRP: from $46,200
MPG city/highway: 25/38

Consumer reports says, “The A6 has a very comfortable ride. The cabin is exceptionally quiet, with only traces of road noise and a muted engine murmur. The well-sculpted front seats are also very supportive and comfortable.”

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • BOSE® Surround Sound System with 14 speakers
  • AudioPilot® noise-compensation
  • Head-up display with navigation information

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2015 Honda Odyssey

MSRP: from $28,975
MPG city/highway: 19/28

The Honda Odyssey may be a minivan, which may cut down on its cool-factor, but trust us, this vehicle has the road-trip goods. Not only is the Odyssey one of the safest vehicles on the road, it seats up to eight passenger quite comfortably, which makes it a must-have for summertime getaways (though you might need a roof top carrier for your stuff if you seat the Odyssey to capacity).

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 16-inch display
  • In-cabin vacuum for easy snack clean up
  • Built-in beverage cooler

Ford

2015 Ford Fusion Titanium

MSRP from: $22,500
MPG city/highway: 22/33

Consumer reports says, “The top level Ford Fusion Titanium has a composed, civilized, and steady ride. The cabin stays blessedly quiet, with the hush broken only by the climate fan on brisk mornings and by the gruff engine note. The front seats are well-shaped and comfortable, with good lower-back support.”

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • Leather-trimmed heated sports seats
  • Rear-view camera

prius

2015 Toyota Prius V

MSRP: from $24,200
MPG city/highway: 48/51

We can’t make a “best cars for a road-trip” list without the Prius. The Prius’ combination of stellar gas mileage, safety, and comfort make it the perfect pick. The now-classic aerodynamic styling of the Prius not only improves MPG, but also makes for a quieter ride.

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • SofTex®-trimmed seats with power lumbar support for the driver
  • Rear seats that slide and recline for advanced comfort
  • Panoramic View Moonroof

mazda miata

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

MSRP: From $23,970
MPG city/highway: 22/28

The Miata is not a good bet for a family road trip, but if you’re looking to hit the road in style (that still maintains comfort and good gas mileage), this car is for you. The Miata has all pros of the best sports cars—excellent handling and horsepower you can feel—and you won’t have to sell an organ to own it.

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • Convertible roof
  • Bose® Surround Sound with AudioPilot® ambient noise compensation

chevy impala

2015 Chevrolet Impala

MSRP: from $27,060
MPG city/highway: 22/31

Consumer reports says, “The Impala is a contemporary large sedan that’s roomy, comfortable, quiet, and enjoyable to drive. The big front seats are roomy and plush. They’re pleasingly soft at first touch and supportive beneath–a boon for staying comfortable on long trips.”

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • Bose® Active Noise Cancellation, included exclusively with the standard Impala engine
  • Triple-sealed doors and acoustic-laminated glass for an extra-quiet ride
  • Hidden storage under the trunk floor and umbrella holders in the front door pockets

BMW wagon

2015 BMW 3 Series wagon

MSRP: from $41,950
MPG highway: 43

The BMW 3 series wagon combines both form and function to make the ultimate road-trip machine. Tons of cargo space, comfortable cabin seats, and 240-horsepower means you and your passengers can truly enjoy the beauty of the trip, not just the ultimate destination.

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • 53 cubic feet of storage space with lashing eyes, tie-downs, mesh storage pouches, and a divided trunk compartment
  • Surround View gives an all-around panoramic view of the surroundings
  • Heads-up display

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2015 Ford Flex

MSRP: from $29,100
MPG city/highway: 18/25

The Ford Flex looks like it would be right at home toting surfboards in a sleepy, sunset-colored West-coast memory. But unlike its vintage brothers and sisters, the Ford Flex has modern amenities and perks that’ll help make your road trip comfortable, efficient, and action-packed. With room for seven and plenty of headroom, all passengers will be perky enough to hang ten, should the opportunity arise.

Our favorite road-trip approved amenities:

  • Powerfold® Third-Row Seat with a tailgate option (to be used only when parked, of course)
  • Voice activated technology

Have a favorite road trip vehicle you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments.