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Best Vehicles for Your Summer Road Trip

Written By, Chloe L.

The beginning of June is just around the corner and that means school is almost out and the road trip season is about to begin. While we all have different plans and ideas for what we want to do and where we want to go on our road trip, one thing is true across the board -- we all want a durable, efficient and comfortable car that will add to the road trip experience.

Luckily, NowCar has a variety of the best vehicles that will meet any road trip’s needs. Whether heading to the Smoky Mountains to see some breathtaking and hard-to-get-to views, or you're taking your large family on a long distance trip to visit a new and exciting city, or you and your friends are heading to a summer music festival and want to save on gas -- we’ve got you covered.

Not only will these cars make this summer’s trips comfortable and memorable, they will also last for the next several years of road trips.

Traveling near or far with a small group

2016 Chevy Cruze LS starts at $16,620

The Chevy Cruze is the perfect daily driver and road trip vehicle. Featuring a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, that has an estimated EPA fuel economy of 30 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway, a Chevy Cruze will help you go far on a single tank of gas.

Loaded up with 4G LTE WiFi, a touchscreen in the dashboard and a variety of other state-of-the-art tech and entertainment features, the Cruze makes it easy for drivers or passengers to stay connected even in the most remote cities. It’s also equipped with a rearview camera and 10 airbags, so the Cruze is a great and safe choice.

Traveling with big group of people and long distances

2017 Chrysler Pacifica LX starts at just over $27,000

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the ultimate roadtrip vehicle for a family or a large group traveling together. With a fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, the Pacifica is one of the most fuel-efficient minivans available.  

The 7-passenger minivan features an award-winning interior that offers plenty of space, sophistication and convenience features. Equipped with a built-in vacuum cleaner, the Pacifica will remain clean even throughout a trip full of potato chip snacking passengers.

Later this year, the Chrysler Pacifica will also be available as a hybrid minivan. Read up on it here.  

Going off the beaten path to off-road and explore the sights no one else see

2016 Jeep Wrangler 4WD starts at $23,895

The 4-wheel drive Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate vehicle for a roadtrip to unexplored territories around the United States because it offers plenty of space for cargo but isn’t so big that it can’t fit in tight spaces. Whether heading across the nation to the Grand Canyon or to the Great Smoky Mountains, the Wrangler can handle whatever terrain you need to traverse. With the ability to take off the Wrangler’s soft-top, the Wrangler makes any road trip a “breeze.” Equipped with a 3.6-liter engine, the Wrangler gets about 17 MPG when driving in the city and 21 MPG when cruising on the highway.

Hauling cargo and traveling with a group of people

2016 Dodge Durango SXT starts at $30,495

The Dodge Durango is a great car when traveling with a group of people and also need to haul some cargo as well. The 7-passenger SUV is equipped with a 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder engine and has a towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds.

The dashboard features a 5-inch touchscreen which make it easy for the driver or front-seat passenger to easily control the entertainment settings and there are various auxiliary outlets throughout the vehicle so there are plenty of options for charging mobile devices. The Durango has three different climate control zones so everyone can set a comfortable temperature no matter where they are sitting.



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