Taking a Road Trip? Autobytel® Editors Choose the Best Summer Road Trip Cars
IRVINE, Calif. -- July 26, 2012
Going on a road trip this summer? With summer in full swing, Autobytel Inc.
(Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping dealers and car buyers
connect online, and its editors have compiled a list of best summer road trip
cars for 2012. According to Autobytel editors, “Good road trip cars have the
ability to balance passengers and their cargo, but some of the best summer
cars have the ability to do so with a little more excitement.” In addition to
noting the best road trip cars, the editors took it one step further and
provided the estimated highway driving range and an estimated average fuel
cost to drive 500 miles.^1
While not all of us are lucky enough to accrue multiple vacation days or, even
luckier, get the entire summer off, following are some of the best road trip
cars available according to Autobytel editors.
Best Road Trip Cars – Under $20,000
Small cars are great for city driving, but a growing number of cars priced
under $20,000 are getting more interior room and cabin technology – both great
for summer road trips – than ever before. The 2012 Nissan Versa tops the
Best Road Trip Cars – Family Sedan
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is one of the best road trip cars in its segment.
Newly developed for the North American market, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is
larger and more spacious than its predecessor, which means that it is larger
and more spacious than Euro-spec Passat models.
Best Road Trip Cars – Station Wagon
Station wagons are probably the quintessential road trip cars, but these
passenger and cargo-friendly vehicles have come a long way in terms of luxury
and comfort since their popularity peaked back in the 1970s. Out of all the
station wagons currently available, the all-new 2013 Audi Allroad Quattro is
our pick for the best road trip car of 2012 thanks to its big interior,
crossover-like stance and its standard all-wheel drive.
Best Road Trip Cars – Minivan
Redesigned for 2011, the Honda Odyssey is a good road trip car thanks to its
spacious, versatile interior with the rear two rows of seats big enough for
six passengers or easily folded out of the way to allow for plenty of cargo
Best Road Trip Cars – Crossover
Somewhere between station wagons and minivans, crossovers are another growing
vehicle segment, and they make some of the best road trip cars. New for 2013,
the Infiniti JX already has what it takes to be one of the best road trip cars
of 2012 due to its size, luxury and smooth ride.
Best Road Trip Cars – Sporty Car
Sports cars can also make good road trip cars too, and the 2012 Dodge
Challenger is one of our favorites. With its classic designs and big interior,
four adults should have no problem hitting the road in this modern muscle car.
Best Road Trip Cars – Convertible
Convertibles, by design, make great summer cars and are some of the best road
trip cars since they allow for plenty of top-down action. For its roomy
interior and spacious cargo area, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet landed on
our list of the best road trip cars of 2012.
Best Road Trip Cars – Luxury Cars
Who wouldn't want to head out on a long summer road trip in a big, luxury
sedan? Fortunately, there are plenty of able land yachts with which to do so,
but the Audi A8 might be the best road trip car for 2012. Redesigned for 2011,
the Audi A8 delivers plenty of luxury, and it is even offered in two wheelbase
lengths for those times when rear passengers demand even more space
For more detail on the best summer road trip cars, including the estimated
highway driving range and average fuel cost, and more Autobytel editors’
choices, visit www.Autobytel.com. Watch exclusive videos on Autobytel’s
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About Autobytel Inc.
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marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers and providing consumers
with the information they need to purchase new and used cars, pioneered the
automotive Internet when it launched its flagship website in 1995. Autobytel
continues to offer innovative products and services to help consumers buy, and
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helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected
thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every
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^1 At the time this article was published, the average price of regular
gasoline across the country is $3.40 per gallon, diesel is a bit higher at
$3.60 per gallon and premium gasoline sits at the top at $3.76 per gallon,
according to AutoPacific's July Fuel Price Impact Study.
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