When summer arrives, you will start to scrutinize your car or SUV for its road-trip capabilities. Vehicles that lack cargo space or have a rough feel on the highway usually get left in the garage. The same goes for models that guzzle gas or feel cramped when the weather gets hot. Summer is too short to deal with these disadvantages.
True getaway vehicles handle the challenges of a summer getaway from all sides. They allow you to pack camping equipment, surfboards, and whatever else you need to enjoy the weather. Meanwhile, they don’t force you to stop at the gas station every few miles so you can pump more money into the tank.
With some help from the folks at car-buying site Vroom, we’ve compiled a list of vehicles that handle these challenges and more. Here are seven cars that make the perfect getaway vehicles this summer.
1. Subaru Outback
Four-wheel drive comes in handy for summer adventures, and it comes standard in every Subaru. The folks at Vroom endorse Outback for its impressive ground clearance (8.7 inches) and optional trailer hitch, both of which you’ll love for road trips. In addition, we’ll point out Outback’s solid fuel economy (32 mpg for the four-cylinder), interior space, and safety profile for the price ($25,645). Of course, the standard roof rails mean this car is made specifically for surfboards and other gear you want to take with you.