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Top 2013 Summer Road Trip Vehicles



The Summer of 2013 is here, and although it’s fading quickly there is absolutely no better time than now to pack up your family, your boat, your luggage and ipods and hit the open roads for one last get-away grand finale! But perhaps your current vehicle may not cut it and you’re in the market for a serious upgrade? No problem! We’ve compiled a list of what we feel are some of the Top vehicles for taking your epic summer road trip to the next level. We’ve researched all of the brands and considered all of the factors from estimated MPG, to MSRP, as well as a list of available amenities in each vehicle in our list. Although there are many vehicles we could have chosen, here are the ones that made our Top 10 list of summer road trip vehicles for 2013!


2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5 – Unlike many competing companies in its class, Mazda has finally found the perfect recipe for an all around great compact SUV. The Mazda CX-5 proves to be an excellent choice for a summer road trip vehicle with exceptional gas mileage (up to 26 city/35 highway) thanks to Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology. The combined spacious cabin, sharp driving dynamics, and overall lightweight complexity make this automobile more than practical on those family journeys. The CX-5’s blend of good looks, storage capacity, advanced technology, and comfort controls will support the needs of any passenger. When it comes to safety features, the CX-5 has them all. Air bags surrounding every rider, antilock brake system, traction and stability control, plus blind spot detection technology all add up to make this one of the safest cars around. For only about $21,195, you can receive great benefits in the new Mazda CX-5.


2013 Jeepp Grand Cherokee SRT8

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee – The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee has no limits. With its exceptional hill descent control, the Jeep thrives in all terrains—sand, mud, rock, snow, anything imaginable. Not only can this power through any terrain, it does so while providing comfort for all passengers on board. On the road, the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s suspension offers an amenable ride that guarantees comfort through many hours of road tripping. The Jeep offers a spacious backseat for passengers, but also the ability to fold the seats flat yielding about 69 cubic feet of space for cargo. The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at $27,695 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 17 city and 23 highway.


2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape – The Ford Escape earned several honorable awards making it a top choice for 2013 Summer Road Trip Vehicles. The Escape is the 2013 Best Compact SUV for the money due to its impressive combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. Not only that, but the 2013 Ford Escape has been certified by the EPA as the most fuel efficient small SUV on the market. As if these two accolades aren’t enough to catch the eye, the Escape’s cabin has a quality look and feel with generous seating for all. There is plenty of room inside the Escape, even in the rear seat, that presents plenty of head and legroom. The 2013 Ford Escape starts at $23,295 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 22 city and 31 highway.


2013 Lexus RX 450 Hybrid

2013 Lexus RX 450 Hybrid

2013 Lexus RX 450H – The reevaluated and redesigned Lexus RX 450H lies at the top of the list of fuel efficient luxury SUVs. Its V6 gas and electric engine account for a total of 295hp, while receiving 30mpg on the highway and 28 in the city. With this exceptional mileage you also receive spacious leg room and interior luxury for maximum comfort. This new model allows both the driver and passengers to feel safe with advanced air bags surrounding every rider. Anti-lock brake systems and the cruise control that includes a pre-collision warning device add to this cars great safety features. Dual zone climate control, reclining rear seats, a 9 speaker audio system, a dual rear entertainment system and navigation screen guarantee that everyone is satisfied. When purchasing this car you get great fuel savings, luxury comfort, and excellent performance all for $46,310.


2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Honda CR-V

2013 Honda CR-V – 2013 Honda CR-V is one of the top choice compact SUV’s in it’s class. It is the ultimate small family travel car with ample cargo and passenger space inside. Under the hood lies an advanced 4 cylinder engine that can receive up to 31 mpg on the highway. Its precise handling and intuitive controls allow the driver to stay focused while adjusting the various comfort settings too. Premium safety features are standard in the CR-V with stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a rear view back up camera. It also received a full 5 stars in the government crash testing for both frontal and side impact protection. Take advantage of all these practical and family friendly amenities for only $22,000 MSRP.


2014 Dodge Journey

2014 Dodge Journey

2014 Dodge Journey – Boasting an impressive base price of just $18,995 MSRP, the 2014 Dodge Journey is not just the only midsize SUV on our list, but the least expensive SUV with a standard automatic transmission. And while that automatic is just a four-speed, it still teams with the Journey’s standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine to offer up to 26 mpg in highway driving–no easy feat for a midsize SUV. Best of all, the Journey includes a long list of standard equipment ranging from dual-zone climate control and curtain side airbags, to keyless access with push to start technology. The journey is certainly not a car to leave off the test drive list, so come in today and see what the fuss is about.


2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 – The new GLK250 BlueTEC is the first diesel compact luxury SUV on the market, offering a best-in-class 24/33-mpg city/highway fuel-economy estimate. With this great fuel economy number comes maximum comfort and convenience. Full leather seating, dual zone climate control, 10 way power driver seat adjustments, and a panorama roof are just a few specs that define this car’s luxury. Its versatile cargo space can hold up to 23.3 cubic ft of cargo with all of the seats up and has a retractable luggage cover. The audio and entertainment systems are top notch as well. With auxiliary, USB, and satellite radio options, you’re sure to find the right music to play through these high definition speakers. Hands free Bluetooth and easy to use navigation also make this a great car for those long rides away from home. With an MSRP of $38,950, you will surely get every dollar out of this well crafted and efficient machine.


2013 BMW X1

2013 BMW X1

2013 BMW X1 – Coming in with an MSRP around $46,000, this fun to drive and all new small luxury crossover SUV offers respectable utility and performance. Being the BMW X3’s little brother, they share similar characteristics in all areas. The X1 is new to the U.S. market this year, but this 300hp turbocharged crossover has thrived in Europe for the past three years receiving 24/32 mpg. The interior is just like the rest of BMW’s cars, pure quality. Its advanced iDrive technology and state of the art leather front bucket seats are surrounded by generous leg room. The rear seats are comfortable as well and can also be folded completely flat for additional cargo space. This revolutionary BMW crossover comes in 6 unique colors and three different trims. Be sure to put the 2013 BMW X1 on your test drive list.


2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Nissan Pathfinder – The all new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has made a remarkable leap this past year in all areas. With an improved fuel economy of 20/26 mpg, the Pathfinder can still haul weight and perform past duties. It still holds 7 passengers comfortably in leather seats with the third row able to recline to the back window. When it comes to cargo space, fill the car up with 7 passengers and there’s still 16 cubic feet of cargo space. Drop the second and third row down flat and you’ve got 80 cubic feet of cargo space. The revolutionary Around View Monitor system technology gives the driver a birds eye view of the car on the screen when parking. Also, when the kids are happy so are you, that’s where the tri-zone entertainment system comes into play. The driver and passenger riding shotgun can enjoy their music, while others in the back can watch movies through headphones on two screens. The opportunities with the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder are endless. Coming in with an MSRP of $28,700, you’re sure to get every penny out of this purchase. Test drive one today to see what everyone has been talking about.


2013 VW Jetta SportWagen

2013 VW Jetta SportWagen

2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen – This new generation Jetta still carries some good qualities from past years, but improved interior design and performance simply make this one better. Adjustable arm rests, rear seat air vents, and impressively larger cargo capacity in the 2013 model have been built on top of the momentum from 2012. Spacious passenger seats and advance audio technology make this car easy to be in for those long rides. Like the rest of the cars on this list, the Jetta SportWagen has all the same safety features. Anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, along with all the necessary airbags help passengers to remain safe. The Jetta SportWagen’s MSRP ranges from $20,595- $29,495 depending on the 3 models you have to choose from.

With all of these great vehicles on our list it’s tough to pick one standout among the rest. Instead, we’ve decided to leave the trophy in your hands. After taking a look at all of the available amenities and options that these vehicles have to offer, head over to and find the nearest dealers to start marking off the vehicles on your list. Then after you’ve made your decision on the best road trip vehicle to make your summer of 2013 trip a success… Don’t forget to drop us a line and let us know how it’s going!


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For the past 14 years, Heritage Mazda Bel Air has been the Regional Sponsor for American Cancer Society – Relay For Life. We have donated a vehicle every year to help raise money for Cancer Research. This year we have donated a 2014 Mazda6 for the annual raffle on June 14, 2013 at the Relay For Life – Joppatown High School in Joppatowne, MD.

Make sure you purchase your $5 raffle ticket for a chance to WIN the 2014 Mazda6 at one of the events we will be attending. Contact Clarence Oney at 1.800.787.4337 or by email at or text ‘Mazda’ to 55678 for more information.

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New 2014 Mazda CX-5 video tour


The 2014 Mazda CX-5 has arrived at Heritage Mazda with three locations near Baltimore, MD – Bel Air, Owings Mills, and Towson. Check out the video tour above for some of the impressive features the 2014 Mazda CX-5 includes!

For more information or to schedule a test drive check out or visit for a complete list of all Mazda dealerships nearest you!

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2013 Mazda CX-5

Mazda has taken a stand to incorporate both fuel efficiency and driving excitement for their consumers. This CX-5 is Mazda’s declaration of how they plan to accomplish it. Being named ‘Crossover of the Year 2012’ is surely good start.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility available in 6 trims ranging from the Sport FWD to the Grand Touring AWD. There is a single engine choice for the Mazda CX-5 in the Mazda SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter four cylinder which generates 155 horsepower. The engine features a 13:1 compression ratio, the highest of any mass-produced car in the world. Those looking at good fuel economy, roomy seats, sleek styling and affordable pricing, this is the car for you. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 has an EPA-estimate of 26MPG city/35 MPG highway making it one of the class leading sport-utility crossovers available in the market to date.

Also noteworthy in the CX-5 is Mazda’s new KODO design aesthetics. KODO meaning ‘Soul of Motion’ is earning Mazda considerable buzz in the automotive industry for its sleek lines and sporty yet distinctive look. The 2013 CX-5 marks the FIRST model utilizing the KODO design language within their fleet. Look for future Mazda vehicles to follow the CX-5’s lead.

Sound like something you are interested in taking for a test drive? Check out for a list of Mazda dealers nearest you. Or for more information on the 2013 CX-5 you may want to check out


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Mazda has finally revealed the long-awaited 2014 Mazda6 at this years Moscow Auto Show. The all-new Mazda6 boasts every essence of the Takeri sedan concept vehicle, inspired by the KODO “soul of motion” design language which first made its debut in the new 2013 Mazda CX-5. This new Mazda styling encompasses not only elegance and grace, but also the strength, performance and efficiency of Mazda’s SKYACTIVE® Technology.

Mazda says the American market specifications will be released at a later date. However engine options revealed at the show include a 148-hp SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four cylinder and a 189-hp 2.5-liter Sky-Activ-G four cylinder. However that doesn’t give any additional insight as to Mazda’s plans to cast aside the 2012 model’s 272-hp 3.7-liter V6 which helped excel previous models farther upmarket.

It should be noted that previous Mazda6 offerings have received respected industry awards including the 2009 MotorTrend Car of the Year. With the 2014 model’s exciting reintroduction with a more muscular face and smaller body size we should expect a great response to Mazda’s latest KODO “soul of motion” offering.

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2012 Mazda3 SKYACTIV

If you are looking for a cutting edge car that gets up to 40 mpg check out SKYACTIV on the 2012 Mazda3. The philosophy of Mazda “if it’s not worth driving, it’s not worth building” has disciplined this amazing creation. The diesel model even offers 15% lower fuel consumption. An exhilarating drive along with safety and stability make this a great car.

To learn more about the 2012 Mazda3 SKYACTIV check out this link for an in-depth look.

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2010 Chevy Cobalt Coupe (37 MPG HWY) starting at 14,990

Priced at just $14,990, the Chevy Cobalt is our pick for “greenest.” If you need inexpensive and efficient this is the car for you. Enjoy a long trip of up to 480 miles on highway with just one single tank of gas! Worried you can’t make it 480 miles without stretching your legs? No worries, there is XM radio, CD, MP3, USB and Bluetooth. Oh, and don’t worry about the long trips, the Cobalt is backed by the best coverage in America, starting with the Chevy 100,000 mile/5-year Powertrain Warranty. If you still need convincing, come in and ask us.

2010 Mazda3 4-Door (33 MPG HWY) starting at $16,045

In this economy, gas mileage is just one thing on everyone’s mind when they purchase a car. Smart purchases mean resale down the road which is why we are proud that the Mazda3 has won the ALG 2010 Residual Value Award. When you buy this car you are guaranteed it will retain a higher percentage of its original price than any of its competitors after a three-year-period. Also, did we forget to mention that the price for this car is only $16,045 to begin with? It’s the stress free car buyer’s dream come true.

2010 Dodge Caliber (31 MPG HWY) starting at $17,090

The Caliber’s got your back at the pump. When it comes to sporty vehicles, it’s reassuring to know hugging turns isn’t burning a hole in your wallet at the pump. Usually great gas mileage means a smaller car and less storage, not in this car. Fold-flat seating and second-row reclining seats make transporting easy. Let’s not exaggerate though, it’s still a “small car;” Dodge just made its storage bigger than others its size. Start packing and get moving.

2010 Jeep Patriot (29 MPG HWY) starting at $18,425

The Patriot boosts more than just its name as Best-in-class EPA estimated 4WD highway MPG; it also wins Five Stars for its side crash tests. Safety and performance make this outdoor scavenger a must for summer travel. Take the family camping in the mountains without worrying about running out of gas on some spooky winding road. If you really want to be green, get the Optic Green Metallic color. If that bright green is too much get the Natural Green Pearl.

2010 Honda Insight (43 MPG HWY) starting at $19,800

The aerodynamic shape helps this car get the highest MPG on this list. The modern and sleek design isn’t the only thing making this new model fly off the lot. Remember, even a hybrid has its roots and this is still a Honda. True to form you will spend as much time in the passing lane as you do not filling up your tank. Make economy a contest, watch your eco meter adjust as you switch into ECON mode then power out of the mode to race away. It’s fun having so much control over your vehicle. Come have some fun!

2010 Chrysler Sebring (30 MPG HWY) starting at $20,860

The slogan says “Make a Long Distance Relationship” and that is exactly what this car develops with its owner. This car is a giver. With the UCONNECT system, Chrysler allows drivers to stay connected to your friends, family or business while in the car. The feature allows passengers to surf the web, check email, play games online, etc through its 3G broadband internet in addition to navigation, phone, and of course satellite radio or your iPod through its “eyes on the road.” Technology, safety, dependability and price make this car a green pick.

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI (42 MPG HWY) starting at $22,354

When you purchase a Volkswagen you want to own the road. You are creative, different, adventurous, and above all, love your car. You should feel the same way at the pump, why should your car run on standard gasoline, diesel is better for your car and more efficient. Sure you may spend a few bucks more doing so, but when you are getting 42 MPG, filling up doesn’t come very often. Find your new lovable sporty TDI model now, available also for the Jetta, SportWagon, or Touareg.

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited (31 MPG HWY) starting at $24,995

The Legacy 2.5i Limited defines style and intelligence. Its attractive leather-trimmed upholstery, standard-equipped advanced frontal airbag system and dual-zone automatic digital climate control make it smart, safe and a fun choice for any driver. Plus, it’s a 2010 IIHS Top Safety Pick. Priced a bit more that others on the list, its right in line with “what you pay for is what you get.” See why Subaru owners are so loyal to this brand. We can tell you but you would have to see and feel it to really believe.

2010 Buick Lacrosse CXS (27 MPG HWY) starting at $33,015

Although the Buick is priced above the other fuel efficient vehicles on this list, it is priced higher for a reason. Its V6 engine, perforated leather appointed 8-way seating, 18” chrome plated wheels and a Harmon/Kardon 11-speaker with USB port should be enough to spell out luxury. It’s made the green list because true to its word, it gets 27 MPG. For a luxurious ride that doesn’t payout at the pump, its love at first site. Step inside and see for yourself.

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Coming to your Maryland Mazda dealer this summer is the all-new Mazda2. They call this car “Zoom Zoom in its most concentrated form;” compact and efficient, yet packed with style and substance.

If you missed the Baltimore Auto Show last month, don’t worry you’ll be seeing more of this sporty car soon enough. Until that day comes, you will just have to hear about how great the newly developed suspension, Electric Power Assist Steering system, Sequential Valve Timing and a powerful MZR 1.5 engine handles from our foreign friends.

As a Mazda owner, it should be no surprise that the new Mazda2 has a sleek outer shell, superior handling, gets great mileage and is completely affordable. What is different is that it’s about 100kg lighter than its predecessors and even more efficient, but without the loss of its other outperforming qualities.

Lighter materials use to produce the Mazda2 is a major contributing factor honoring its top safety achievements and fuel economy. The vehicle has already achieved world-leading crash safety ratings (5 stars in the Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP, the highest possible result) without compromising drive performance and fuel economy.

With numerous awards already under its belt in China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Slovakia, and more, it’s time to prove itself in the States. The Mazda2 should bring a fun and sleek new look to the streets, and give consumers another option in the compact car segment.

Mazda2: lighter, nimbler, safer, more economical, cleaner – and just plain more fun.

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Congratulations to Heritage Mazda Bel Air for receiving 2010 Mazda Gold Cup status for the 7th year in a row. Mazda Gold Cup is an exclusive program designed to reward top performing dealers with special benefits and recognition.

To be a Mazda Gold Cup Dealer, Dealers must show combined success in several key areas such as sales volume and owner loyalty within their sales group. A certain level of excellence, in sales, service, and customer satisfaction are expected by Mazda dealerships and those who exceed these standards are rewarded with this Gold Cup.

We are proud of our staff at Heritage Mazda for becoming 1 of 2 dealerships in Maryland to receive the award, and the only dealer in Baltimore to be recognized. This is the 7th year running that Heritage Mazda is a Gold Cup Dealer, which shows its consistency for reputable management. This sets Heritage Mazda above all of the other Mazda dealerships in Maryland, and should be your go-to-store when buying your next new car.

Don’t take our word for it, read reviews from our customers at or our facebook page!

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The MAZDA3 has a 2.0 liter engine that features a 5-speed manual or 5-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. Available as well with a 2.5 liter engine that offers a new 6-speed manual or 5-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. Both the 2.0L and the 2.5L 4-cylinder engines are available in PSEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) versions in select states (CA, MA, ME, NY, VT, PA). Both engines also received the exclusive EPA SmartWay designation, making the 2010 MAZDA3 a very environmentally friendly option. Estimated mileage is 25city/33highway for the 2.0L engine.

The MAZDA3’s precision steering keeps driving fun no matter what the journey brings. Whether you’re sailing down the open road or parallel parking in the city, the ectrohydraulic variable-assist power rack-an-pinion steering preserves feedback and confidence at high speeds and delivers superior maneuverability at low speeds. Also, don’t feel you have to experience every little bump in the road while cruising in your new MAZDA3, it comes equipped with an advanced suspension system to give stability and comfort.

Safety is a necessity. Anit-lock Brakes are standard on the 2010 model. The ABS pulses the brakes hundreds of times per second to help prevent wheel lock up to the driver can make a controlled and confident stop. There is also an Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) which electronically monitors road conditions, brake pedal pressure, and vehicle weight to determine how much force to apply to the brakes.  Additional features include a Traction Control System and a Dynamic Stability Control System attributing to a very safe driving experience.

Never fear, you are not trading safety for style in this vehicle. The new 2010 MAZDA3 keeps to its reputation as being sleek and stylish.  This youthful, dynamic body design takes design cues from the award-winning Nagare concept vehicle, giving it the most distinctive look in its class. It might be the new fasica lines converging to a 5-point grill or the flow lines in the hood, along the sides and in the center of the deck lid that give this car its fierce look. New wrap-around headlights, side mirror signal lights, and a rear lip spoiler also change the appearance of the vehicle.

The new body proves precision in engineering. The sleek, fresh design is built for a smooth ride and a quieter interior thanks to a 6% wind noise reduction. Because everyone MAZDA3 owner appreciates the compact size with extensive cabin room, it has remained a compact vehicle but has more passenger volume than both the Civic and Corolla, plus plenty of cargo room.

Finally worth mentioning and probably the most exciting is convenience and technology available on the new model. Push the start button and relax in your form fitted seat while navigating controls from your steering wheel including an integrated Bluethooth hands-free phone and audio system available. Also enjoy and 8-way power-adjustable drivers seat with memory for up to three drivers.

Hearing that the new MAZDA3 with all the features above is starting at around $16k should be enough, but if not, experience the true beauty of this compact car at your local Mazda dealer to see for yourself. Call now to set up a test drive today. Now get out and drive one.

Hall Mazda
4372 Holland Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Heritage AutoMall Mazda
710 Belair Road Bel Air, MD 21014

Heritage AutoPark Mazda
11220 Reisterstown Road Owings Mills, MD 21117

New 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Video | Test Drive | Maryland from MileOne Automotive on Vimeo.

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