If you’re looking for luxury or economy, roominess or sport, here’s an exclusive from Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com), the leading provider of new- and used-vehicle information, 2008 Top 10 Best New Road Trip Vehicles.
As not all road trips are the same, Kelley Blue Book’s 2008 Best New Road Trip Vehicles provide a potential perfect ride or two for every type of driver and every type of journey. Each vehicle offers different perks such as entertainment options, interior accommodations and driving performance to keep road-trippers satisfied.
Combining a silky 354-horsepower V8 engine, impeccably tuned suspension and quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi S5 delivers high levels of both performance and comfort, along with the elegance to arrive in grand fashion.
Kelley Blue Book picked the S5, a performance version of the A5, for its unique combination of top-end performance, comfort and slick European style.
For those with lots…and lots…and lots of money to spend on a road-trip car (and the gas to fill it) Kelley Blue Book selected the ultra-expensive Hermes-infused version of the Veyron.
If the price of fuel has impacted your yacht time more than your driving habits, you might find the $1.5-million, 1,001-horsepower, 16-cylinder, quad-turbo, 250-mph Bugatti Veyron an ideal alternative the next time the jet is in the shop.
Just keep in mind that at full speed, the Veyron burns through its 26-gallon fuel tank in about 12 minutes.
When six top-selling mid-size sedans are driven recently in a back-to-back comparison test, the remarkably quiet and comfortable Chevy Malibu handily out shined the competition on the highway.
The first car in the category to combine a flexible six-speed automatic transmission with a gas-sipping four-cylinder engine, the Malibu is capable of an impressive 32 highway miles per gallon.
The Malibu is smooth, quiet and roomy, and the interior looks smart, too.
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
While the Tahoe Hybrid’s highway fuel economy rating of 22 mpg is only 2 mpg better than that of its gas-only counterpart (the hybrid’s bigger advantage is in city driving), it’s nevertheless the most fuel-friendly full-size SUV on the road and provides seating for eight, plenty of cargo solutions and the ability to tow your boat to the lake.
Dodge Grand Caravan
In the Dodge Grand Caravan, getting there can easily be all the fun. The Grand Caravan’s wide variety of entertainment options includes multiple DVD players, video game inputs, two overhead video screens, SIRIUS Satellite TV and radio as well as rearward-swiveling second row seats, all helping to transform the once humble minivan into a virtual party on wheels.
Due in dealerships this summer, Ford’s new full-size, three-row crossover will be turning heads from coast to coast all year, while treating occupants to cold drinks with its class-exclusive refrigerated console.
The interior is far more conservative in appearance than the outside, but it’s elegant, functional and roomy. Besides Ford’s Sync Bluetooth audio/phone system, you can get a refrigerator to keep your drinks cool on the road.
In addition to a plush, flexible interior, the EX35 offers a Lane Departure Prevention System that can help keep any driver — quite literally — in line.
A small camera detects lane markers in front of the vehicle and, when inadvertent lane departure is detected, the system applies a small amount of left or right brake force to nudge the vehicle back on course.
MINI Cooper Clubman
With excellent fuel economy and a fun-loving attitude, the MINI Cooper has earned its way onto the list of top road trip cars for the second year in a row.
The new Clubman offers more passenger and luggage space than the standard Cooper, making the largest member of the MINI family an even more ideal long-haul companion.
With highway fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon – and even more in city driving – the appeal of the Prius would seem obvious. You can get where you’re going with fewer stops for gas. But, besides that, Kelley Blue Book picked the Prius for its commodious interior space.
The Volkswagen Eos is a sporty coupe that’s also a sexy convertible, thanks to a sleek, sophisticated retractable hardtop.
This chameleon also has an exceptionally wide glass sunroof for when you want the open-air experience without getting that wind-swept look.