Best SUVs for Road Trips
With summer in full swing, there are few things we love more than the opportunity to punch out, zone out, and hit the open road with our best buds (be they human or canine), an old-timey road map (you know--the big pieces of paper with pictures of states and cities on them with lines and bright dots), and enjoy the wonders of the off-beaten path. But who wants to hunker down for endless hours on the road in a vehicle that's not a good fit for adventure? Definitely not us (cue Netflix and pizza delievery, instead). And we figure a lof of our readers feel the same.
A good vehicle can make or break any adventure on our country's highways and byways, so we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite SUVs for road tripping, glamping, and even just daily driving. Here's our recommendations for an SUV that will do right by you this summer, no matter where you're going.
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We love this classic, super-buff SUV with 3rd row seating. Not a single Tahoe has dropped off the assembly lines without massive power, torque, and sturdy handling. What makes this one of our picks for best SUVs for road trips is the Tahoe's generous seating and heavy-duty powertrain. If you're planning on traveling with lots of gear, or with a crowd, you can't go wrong with a Tahoe, no matter the model year.
It's not called an "Escape" for nothing--if you've ever slipped behind the wheel of this compact SUV from Ford, you know there's a certain sort of zippyness to this staple in the Detroit automaker's lineup. In the years since its release, the Escape has also stepped up its interior design game with lots of fun gadgetry and high quality fabrics. This is an ideal pick for best roadtripping companion if you're looking for more mobility and off-road capabilities than a sedan, with the power and heft of a larger SUV. The Escape is also ideal if you plan on driving in and out of cities, and you'll enjoy being able to squeeze into parking spots that will send larger SUVs circling the block.
Since its intial release in 2005, the Equinox has settled into its home as a perfect middle-of-the-road option for those looking to trade in their van for something a little sportier, but not as brawny, once the kids are out of the house. We love the Equinox because of its understated exterior styling, generous rear cargo storage, and decent MPG (miles per gallon). It's also an affordable midsized SUV that won't break the bank(road tripping can get pricey, so why not do some saving up front?).
Our final pick for Best SUV for road trips is the Jeep Liberty. This list wouldn't be complete without a nominee from Jeep, and the Liberty is one of the most engaging SUV options on the road today. With its throwback looks and classic Jeep charm, the Liberty is a no brainer for off-roading fun. Officially discontinued by Jeep after the 2012 model year release, the Liberty offers drivers who might not otherwise have the ability to get into an SUV some prime savings, so be on the look-out for any used Jeep Liberty inventory.
How about you? Do you have a favorite SUV pick for roadtrips? Sound off in the comment section for picks you think we missed, and let us know why you love 'em!