Summer is on the way, so now is the time to start planning that perfect road trip with the perfect vehicle.
With the warmer temperatures slowly approaching and those days of constant sunshine so close, now is the time to start coming up with fun ideas for road trips. Of course, an equally fun vehicle will help to make those plans truly come alive and there are a few choices that can help with that.
AutoGuide.com has assembled a list of cars of varying sizes that we feel can make that long road trip that much more entertaining.
2019 Volvo XC40
The recently released Volvo XC40 takes space maximization to a whole new level. If you and your best buddies were planning to head out of town for a camping trip or special concert, the Volvo XC40 with the $1400 Premium package option comes with a few clever touches.
Bins under the front seats can store wallets and cellphones for safe keeping when passengers may need to leave the car in a hurry. A sizable removable garbage bin can be used to get rid of fast food waste and other clutter that can quickly accumulate during a long trip. Ultra massive front door pockets can hold full size laptops and a few pillows can even be squeezed in for use by passengers during the trip. Lastly, just to the left of the steering wheel are a pair of tiny slots to place important cards such as credit cars and travel documents should they be needed for border crossings and identification purposes.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S
This is a station wagon that can hit 60 mph in well under 4 seconds. And no, that is not a typo. This crazy station wagon is the type of car for those who are perpetually late to everything, you’ll be arriving at your destination much sooner than expected – so long as you steer clear of highways prone to get you speeding tickets.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica
On a road trip, the Pacifica will quickly make put any parent in the good books of their children with just one sole feature: the fantastic rear entertainment system. With dual touchscreens, it can play Blu-ray discs, DVDs and video game integration through HDMI. Parents are not left out of the fun either because the Stow’n Go seating system makes light work of seat storage and can even serve as an extra space for those impromptu mini naps needed during a very long drive.
2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
We say skip the arguably sexier RF hardtop version and spring for the traditional cabriolet to enjoy open air motoring at its finest. The Mazda is not a practical car for hauling luggage, but that’s not why you choose it as your road trip car. Pack light and pick scenic routes to enjoy how the Miata makes excellent use of just 155 horsepower and 148 pound feet of torque. One last thing: the six-speed manual is the only way to go for occasions like this and you can forget the automatic ever existed. Trust us, it’s for your own good.
ALSO SEE: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review
2018 Mini Clubman
Apart from epic looking split rear doors that can open with a foot-activated sensor, there will be lots for you and a couple of friends to talk about on a long trip regarding this quirky car. This is a crossover you can equip with mini branded door lock caps and union jack roof and door decals. The possibilities for accessories are endless and there will be a ton of opportunities for taking unique pictures with this car during a road trip with your friends. Oh, and it offers a bit more cargo space than the standard Mini two-door.