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 – 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 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 – 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 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 http://mileone.com 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!