America’s love affair with the automobile does not wane just because gasoline prices are high. The five best MPG cars for road trips make it possible to enjoy a springtime outing without breaking the bank. Do you know the best vehicles to pick?
2012 Camaro Convertible 1LT (28 mpg highway/$31,080)
Cars for road trips are usually marketed to the family with children. Do single folks or those without youngster not enjoy a great scenic drive down the coast? Of course they do! Since they do not have to pay for child-related expenses, the cost of a 2012 Camaro Convertible is easier to swallow; the 28 mpg on the highway are on par with other models. Of course, the Camaro has the power-folding convertible top that lets you feel the spring air in your hair, which most sensible cars lack.
2012 Honda CR-V 2WD LX (31 mpg highway/$22,295)
Affordable and fuel-efficient, the 2012 Honda CR-V is a turnkey driving machine for the family on the go. Trip planning becomes a snap with fold-down rear seats, door-pocket storage, built-in map lights and an easy-read compass. At the same time, the Honda is the best road trip car for the family with teenaged techno-geeks. Apple iPhone owners have the opportunity to enjoy Pandora radio, while USB device holders enjoy an audio interface. (No more whining from the backseats!)
2012 Chevrolet Equinox (32 mpg highway/$23,530)
This crossover gets a respectable 32 highway miles to the gallon of gasoline. Compare it to the 2012 Toyota RAV4 – which only gets 28 highway miles – and it becomes clear why the 2012 Chevy Equinox with an MSRP of $23,530 is a good deal. Eighteen storage compartments make this the best road trip car if you have small children and plenty of accessories, snacks and clothing changes to tote around.
2012 Ford Focus SE with SFE Package (40 mpg highway/$18,300)
In addition to the low price, excellent highway rating and sleek exterior, you also get a five-year or 60,000-mile roadside assistance program. Granted, most anyone already has AAA coverage, but you cannot go wrong with a warranty of this type when planning springtime road trips that might take you into the next county or across the state line.
2012 VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (42 mpg highway/$25,540)
A diesel-powered vehicle, the VW Jetta SportWagen TDI is one of the best MPG cars to take on extended road trips. With 42 highway miles to the gallon, 32.8 cubic feet of cargo storage, and the ability to comfortably seat five, this car begs to be taken to the local fishing hole in the next county. If you do not plan on having passengers in the backseat, increase your cargo load to 66.9 cubic feet, simply by folding down the rear seats. Car camping has never been simpler.