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Car Buyers Pick
Best Road Trip Vehicles

Editors of Kelley Blue Book Choose 10 Great New Cars
for Summer Road Trip and Drivers Rank Them

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer vacation season and AAA is expecting an increase in road trips this year despite record high gas prices. With that in mind, the road savvy editors at Kelley Blue Book picked 10 great new vehicles for a summer road trip and then asked nearly 6,000 new car buyers which of the 10 they would most like to take a road trip in this summer. Here is what they said:

Kelley Blue Book Editor's Picks for Great
Road Trip Vehicles Ranked by Car Buyers

Rank
Choice
Percentage
MPG City/Hwy
1
2004 Chevy Tahoe
22%
14/18
2
2004 Lincoln Navigator
21%
13/18
3
2004 Lexus LS430
17%
18/25
4
2004 Mercedes E-Class
11%
17/24
5
2005 Dodge Magnum
8%
21/28
6
2004 Toyota Sienna
6%
18/24
7
2004 VW Jetta TDI Wgn
5%
32/43
8
2004 Hyundai XG350L
4%
17/26
9
2004 Subaru Outback
4%
20/27
10
2004 Mazda3 5-door
3%
26/34

Regardless of gas prices, car buyers may be looking for size and comfort for their 2004 summer road trip as they overwhelmingly pick large SUVs. The Chevy Tahoe and the Lincoln Navigator top the list garnering almost half of the votes. Just below large SUVs, summer travelers look to ride in the lap of luxury picking the Lexus LS 430 and the Mercedes E-Class as other top choices for the road this summer.

Kelley Blue Book Editor's Comments on Each Vehicle

Chevrolet Tahoe - This workhorse has a third row seat, available 4-wheel drive and big towing capacity. The OnStar system and XM Satellite Radio will keep you secure and constantly entertained. Bring all the toys and the kids too.

Dodge Magnum - This is not your mom's station wagon. It's a family hauler and muscle car all in one. 340 horsepower and satellite radio means everyone can be happy, if not all at the same time. Be prepared for crowds of the curious at every stop along the way.

Hyundai XG 350L - Comfort for four with a nice amount of trunk space. This car has a lot of luxury, convenience and travel features in an affordable package.

Lexus LS 430 - 10 and 14 way adjustable climate controlled seats means this car will fit you like a glove. Add in laser cruise control, navigation system and a Mark Levinson audio and this luxury car could take your family of four a trip you'll never want to end.

Mazda3 5-door - Stylish European looks and handling. This car is available with a navigation system and MP3 player. Lots of bang for the buck makes this a great car for the young family of four with small children.

Mercedes Benz E-Class - Elegance and fuel economy (if you opt for the diesel engine). With the available navigation system and all wheel drive, you won't get stuck or lost when you and three others hit the road this summer.

Lincoln Navigator - With room for six and features such as heated and cooled seats, rear air, DVD entertainment and navigation systems, it's perfect for keeping a large family comfortable and occupied during long and short road trips.

Subaru Outback - This newly designed Outback is a combination of rugged Subaru design and attractive interior. Combine the all wheel drive with stability control and you get a vehicle that is capable of handling any road condition. Hedge your bets with the available OnStar and go anywhere with confidence. Every trip is an adventure in this car.

Toyota Sienna - Fresh design and Toyota reliability. Dual power sliding doors, room for seven, available navigation and DVD entertainment systems makes this an excellent choice for loading the troops in and out quickly and keeping them occupied along the way.

VW Jetta TDI Wagon - Fuel economy and enough power to haul four people and lots of luggage in comfort. A decent stereo and available OnStar keeps you connected to the outside world.


Criteria for the 10 Great Road Trip Vehicles include models currently on the road and available at local dealerships, priced under $75,000 and have the ability to carry a minimum of four passengers. Most of the features mentioned in the above vehicle descriptions are optional equipment offered by the manufacturer and can enhance the driving experience. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon is not available in all 50 states. For more information on these vehicles, optional equipment, dealer invoice pricing and transaction pricing, please visit www.kbb.com.

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