The Best Road Trip Cars 

Richard Rowe
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List Rules Vote up the best current cars for long road trips; no RVs or trailers

Where did the tradition of the "road trip" come from? Back in the 1600s, it was common in Europe for young men and women of means to travel the continent, learning what there was to learn and experiencing everything they could before settling down later. The "Grand Tour" was an important rite of passage back then - and it still is today.

Here in America, the tradition of the Grand Tour became something wholly less formal. But even so, road trips are still seen as a rite of passage on these shores. Oh sure, the ideal time to do it is in your late teens or early 20s, but some just don't get to it until later in life, when they can afford a car that will actually make it across the country. 

Here's our list of the best road trip cars for sale today. There are surely better ones in history - any number of old station wagons, convertibles, and shag vans would probably qualify (as would RVs and campers, obviously) - but for this list, we're sticking to the top road trip vehicles available in 2015.
Dodge Charger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Road Trip Cars
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It's the fastest sedan in the world - did you really think Dodge's Charger wouldn't be on the list? Granted, you might not opt for the 207-mph Hellcat version, nor go cruising around at those velocities. But the fact that the Charger chassis can safely run that fast at all says loads about its high-speed stability and cruising manners. True, the "Vanishing Point" Challenger might be the more legendary road tripper, but Chargers have four doors, a decent back seat, plenty of storage space, and are rated at 31 mpg on the highway in base form. Kowalski you might not be happy, but you will be. 
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Chevrolet Corvette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Road Trip Cars
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If you're the lone gunslinger type, it's hard to beat Chevy's Corvette as a road trip car. True, you could take a second passenger, and the Vette's cavernous hatch is big enough to swallow all the luggage two people need. But realistically, nobody likes sitting in the passenger seat of a Corvette for long, and quarters are tight enough to make any passenger bigger than a Shih Tzu one serious personal space invader. Corvettes can get shockingly good highway fuel economy if you can keep your foot out of it. Which you won't. But 40 mpg isn't impossible with smart driving. 
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Audi A8 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Road Trip Cars
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Audis are to long-distance road trips what a good suit is to male fashion: timeless, versatile, and perfect for every occasion. Granted, Audis might be a little understated for some, but that's exactly the point. The last thing you want to do while hammering along at Autobahn speeds is to attract attention from the local PD. And even if you do, they'll probably leave you alone because you'll seems like either a diplomat or an international crime lord. They come with everything from a fuel-sipping diesel to a 512-horsepower W12 engine. 
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Mazda Miata
Mazda Miata is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Road Trip Cars
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Say what you will about the old Miata, but this new car is decidedly more butch than most cars on the road today. It may not be in the Honda S2000's league, but it's not far off either. Unlike the S2000 though, the Miata isn't just a go-kart that will hammer your soul to jelly after more than 100 miles of driving. This new Miata pulls off the neat trick of being small, incredibly fun to drive, fairly fuel efficient, and surprisingly freeway-friendly. If you're rolling solo and looking for fun, this Miata is a toy you'll never want to put down. 
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