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.
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 editors’ list.
Best Road Trip Cars – Family Sedan
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
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 room.
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
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
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
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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.