Approximately 700 million road trips were taken throughout the United States in the summer of 2020, according to the NY Times. Despite the coronavirus outbreak being in full swing at the time, many people were determined to enjoy their summer by partaking in the time-honored tradition of the “Great American Road Trip.” Travel is good for your health, after all.
Wherever you may be in the world, you can really benefit from a good long road trip to parts yet unknown. All you will really need is some trusty gear, provisions, and a reliable vehicle to take you from point to point. Not sure what to pick for that last item? Let’s take a look at our top picks for SUVs to take you on your next road trip.
The Subaru Outback
The Outback is Subaru’s best-selling SUV, and for good reason. It has all of the trappings of a large crossover, such as 4WD, a roomy interior, and more than 8 inches of ground clearance. But it really sets itself apart as an SUV for the outdoorsy and adventurous with its traversal and gear storage features. This includes things such as integrated roof rail racks and a turbo engine to help it manage even the toughest terrain.
The Nissan Armada
The Armada is a great pick for those who like to pack and carry heavy loads. Aside from its 78.9 cubic-foot cabins, it has a generous 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. The SUV’s heft is supported by the Endurance V8, a 390-horsepower, 5.6-liter engine with a towing capacity of 8500 pounds. This vehicle was designed to pull a trailer along with 8 people and all of their things, making it the perfect SUV for traveling in large groups.
The Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 is a bit different from the others in that it has more of a focus on passenger comfort rather than cargo space. One of its main strong points is the legroom. The front row enjoys 41 inches of legroom, while those in the rear have 39.6 inches. Even with this focus on space for the passengers, it still manages to be more compact than its contemporaries.
It’s also more fuel-efficient, at only 31 MPG by the EPA’s estimation.
Much like road trips, these vehicles are best enjoyed with friends and loved ones to tag along. Thanks to their excellent passenger capacity and engine power, you can be seamlessly taken to the places where you can all have experiences you will never forget