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The Open Road: 4 Cars Perfect for a Cross-Country Road Trip

Posted April 14, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
Last modified April 15, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.

Taking the perfect cross-country road trip is more than just choosing the right destinations and friends, it’s about choosing the right vehicle. Depending on your interests and budget, the perfect road trip car can affect the overall enjoyment of the trip. However, if you want a comfortable, spacious car with great gas mileage, look no further than this list for your perfect road trip vehicle.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

If you want a car capable of off-roading, check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. This spacious sport utility vehicle provides you with the versatility of both off-road and highway driving without breaking the bank. Because it runs on diesel, which is currently cheaper than gasoline, you can save quite a bit of money while also getting 30 miles to the gallon. Even more impressive, the EcoDiesel engine allows you to minimize your carbon footprint, because as you may know, green is the new black.

2014 Ford Mustang Convertible

Trading space for style, the Ford Mustang Convertible is the perfect road trip car to experience the outdoors while you are driving. Contrary to popular belief, the Mustang gets decent gas mileage at 29 miles per gallon the interstate, so you don’t have to worry about wasting fuel. While it isn’t exactly the best car for adverse weather conditions, it will make those nice, sunny days even more enjoyable. If your plan is not having a plan, than follow the good weather. If you are indecisive, check out the true car Twitter feed for some ideas.

Mercedes Benz E350 Wagon

More stylish and accomodating than the Griswold’s station wagon in National Lampoon’s Vacation, the Mercedes Benz E350 wagon is a roomy, luxurious alternative to the much-maligned station wagons of the past. The interior is sizeable and offers a great stereo system and luxuries such as heated seats.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect is the two seats in the back that face the rear of the car, providing an amazing view for passengers. At least while your friends are fighting over who gets the backseat, you can enjoy a decent 23 miles per gallon and turn the tunes up to full volume.

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

For those of you that prefer a pickup truck, an underrated road trip vehicle, check out the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The bed is a perfect place to haul all your gear and gives you the SuperCab all to yourself to stretch out in comfort. The truck is also off-road ready if you like to head off the beaten path. Although it only gets 14 miles per gallon, this F-150 gives you so many more options on where you can visit, so the trade-off isn’t all that bad.

No matter what you love to do or where you want to go, there’s surely a car out there that will satisfy all your wants and needs. So, gather your friends or family, pack up the car, and head out on an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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