Best Cars for Road Trips

July 1 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000000750486XSmall.jpgBest Western's most frequent guests drive much more often than they fly, putting thousands of miles on their cars each year. In a recent survey, 76 percent of Best Western Diamond 100 members reported that nearly all their business trips are taken primarily by car or truck. Sixty percent drive cars or trucks that are less than three years old, which means they are not only frequent drivers, but frequent buyers of cars.

To help travelers seeking the best cars for road trips, AAA Auto buying experts recently released their top picks based on a variety of factors such as interior comfort, cargo size, passenger room, fuel economy, safety, performance and handling. AAA's experts test drive and evaluate hundreds of cars each year.

And the winners for 2011 are:

Small cars:

  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco: great gas mileage, high safety rating. $18,837

  • Ford Focus: Big improvement over previous versions, good fuel economy and surprisingly quiet. $16,896

  • Kia Soul: Funky looks, 10-year/100k mile warranty, high safety rating. $16,759

Medium cars:
  • Ford Fusion: Hybrid version offers outstanding fuel economy, all-wheel-drive option good in winter weather. $18,821

  • Toyota Prius: Roomy, comfortable, economical. 50 mpg. A bit stodgy, though. $24,876

  • Hyundai Sonata: Good handling, comfortable, powerful engine. $20,572

Large cars:

  • Toyota Camry/Avalon: Roomy, large rear seating area, good fuel economy considering size. $20,668

  • Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger: Comfortable with lots of room, good handling. $24,803

  • Infiniti G37: A very engaging driving experience, powerful V-6 engine, many features are standard. $33,894


  • Dodge Durango: Nice ride and handling. Powerful engine, but less than stellar fuel economy. $27,347

  • Subaru Forester: Easy to drive, comfortable and budget friendly. $21,513

  • Toyota RAV4: Good ride, handling and room. V-6 option is powerful. $22,150

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    By Taxi Duluth on July 15, 2011 10:16 AM

    Great blog post. Its useful information.

    By Taxi Suwanee on July 15, 2011 11:34 AM

    I had to refresh the page times to view this page for some reason, however, the information here was worth the wait.

    By jared on July 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    What a bullshit list. $20,000 for a road trip car? These are all cars owned by stay at home moms who have never gone on a true road trip. Subaru only in the SUV category? No Scion? Bullshit.

    By Sharon Hall on July 18, 2011 2:18 PM

    My Audi A4 wagon is definitely the best car for any road trip!

    By Sherrilyn Barnes-Hannah on July 24, 2011 2:14 AM

    We always book a convertible for our road trips and tend to go for Mustang as the trunk is a good size for luggage.

    What Virgin Atlantic don't seem to understand is when you book a convertible through them is that 'Chrysler Sebring' is not of any use when you are doing 4,000 miles with two pieces of luggage, the roof folds down into the trunk.

    We are booking our next years vacation now and will be trying to book a Mustang separately

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    By Acciluple on June 28, 2013 8:53 PM

    By Garrack Kert on October 30, 2013 7:27 AM

    Thanks for the post! Good info. Of course we are going with a used car that is older than any of my children, but you make do with what you have.

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