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Kelley Blue Book Picks the 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2021

Americans are ready to hit the road. With pandemic numbers down and vaccine numbers up,…

  • July 23, 2021

Americans are ready to hit the road. With pandemic numbers down and vaccine numbers up, after spending the majority of last year at home the pent-up demand for travel is undeniable.

For many, the Memorial Day weekend will be the kickoff to some long-awaited and much-needed summer vacations.

With the increased summer travel right around the corner, the editors at Kelley Blue Book recently named their recommendations for the 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2021:

Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2021

2021 Toyota Sienna

With its 36-mpg rating, the newly redesigned Toyota Sienna minivan is a frugal way to take the whole family for a ride.

The Sienna comes only as a hybrid, making it the most fuel-efficient van on the road. It also has a spacious interior with tons of features, including standard driver-assistance tech to help make road trips even more relaxing.

2021 Kia Telluride

Every version of the Kia Telluride feels like first-class travel, thanks to this three-row SUV’s upscale styling and fantastic interior.

As if we all need another reason to love the Telluride, it includes the security of a five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2021 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a spacious, luxurious and even somewhat sporty minivan. Starting at around $34,000, the Odyssey is a good value even as you work your way up to the decadent Elite trim, which boasts heated and cooled front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system and an innovative intercom system.

2021 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback – the Swiss Army Knife of vehicles – is better than ever, delivering excellent on-road comfort, good fuel economy, plenty of punch, and serious off-road or winter weather capability. KBB’s new favorite is next year’s Outback Wilderness, a more off-road oriented with a lift kit, chunky tires and cool styling accents for well under $40,000.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The first-ever three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee rides on a longer wheelbase than the standard model. It offers a new, high-tech interior with one of the best infotainment systems in the business, along with Jeep’s renowned off-road ability. KBB expects to see a lot of Grand Cherokee L models hauling families around this summer.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

For decades, the Corvette has shattered the myth that sports cars can’t be practical. The latest model boasts a mid-engine configuration and delivers phenomenal handling, a remarkably comfortable ride and an impressive 27-mpg highway rating.

2021 Volvo V90

Clark Griswold may have cemented station wagons as the classic road trip car, but the slick, suave Volvo V90 is a far cry from the Family Truckster. This powerful wagon comes standard with one of the most sophisticated suites of driver-assistance tech you’ll find anywhere.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

If your version of the Great American Road Trip involves more than just a jaunt down the highway, the remarkably refined brute that is the new Ram 1500 TRX is a capable and surprisingly comfortable vehicle for your outdoor adventures.

2021 Hyundai Elantra

You don’t have to spend big bucks to get a high-tech car that’s great for a road trip. The daringly stylish new Hyundai Elantra packs tons of wow factor into a frugal, refined package that’s well-equipped for around $25,000.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

For more than 30 years, the two-seater Miata has been putting smiles on drivers’ faces. Sure, there are more practical choices – but if you can pack light, the Miata will provide more thrills per mile than just about any new car priced at around $30,000.

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