7 Best Road Trip Cars for 2022


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Have you been putting off traveling? It's time to plan your next adventure and hit the road.


As the weather gets warmer, many people may be planning a road trip they’ve put off for the past couple years. If you’re planning a trip and going to drive instead of fly this year, hit the road in one of our practical and/or fun best road-trip car picks. 

Our Best Of list includes practical SUVs that can tow your boat or camper and bring ALL of the family’s gear along for the ride. Play outdoors in an adventure car that can go off-road. Or sit back in comfort and drive off into a gorgeous sunset after you put the top down.

Happy traveling!

What Makes a Good Road Trip Car?

There are certain features and comforts you’ll want in a car for the most enjoyable road-trip driving experience. These may include:

  • Good gas mileage

  • A cushy cabin

  • A long list of safety features and infotainment

  • Comfortable seating with lots of legroom

  • Lots of cargo space and interior storage

  • Good towing capacity

  • Off-road capability

Read on for our list of cars that will help you enjoy the ride.

Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is more than just a practical workhorse. Driver and passengers will be comfortable in the cavernous crew or quad cab so load up the fam.

A plush cabin and smooth ride make this full-size truck feel more like a luxury car, perfect for logging lots of miles on the road. The whole family will love the loads of cubby storage, along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a mobile hotspot, plus an infotainment system that Car and Driver says is best in class.

Hitting the lake or going camping? The Ram 1500 has a towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds, so hitch up the boat or camper and make those memories.

Subaru Outback


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Would a list of best road trip cars be complete without the ultimate adventure wagon? Don’t think so! 

With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and all-wheel drive, Subaru Outback can navigate mud (or snow) and do some light off-roading, so go ahead, choose the toughest trailhead as your destination. You can stash your mountain bikes or kayak on the roof rack and fold the seats down to fit your camping gear. This Swiss Army knife of cars can also do some light towing - depending on engine, up to 3,500 pounds. 

And after the adventure is done, everyone will be comfortable for the ride home inside the Outback’s practical and comfortable cabin.

Ford Mustang

If someone says “road trip” and you immediately think “top down with the wind in your hair,” then a Ford Mustang is your perfect travel mate.

What better way to enjoy the highway than with a muscle car with a convertible top? This iconic pony car can handle all the twists and turns with ease, and offers the muscle you’d expect from its engine lineup. 

The Mustang may be better for a two-person trip - front seats are roomy and comfortable but the back seats are cramped. Pack all the bags you want - the convertible Mustang has 11.4 cubic feet of trunk space (the fastback has 13.4 cubic feet), which is pretty big for the muscle car class.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 


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The Jeep Wrangler isn’t the most fuel efficient road trip car on our list, nor does it offer the smoothest ride. But who cares, when so many customizations and trims (and a soft top) are available?

Take the (unpaved, rocky or muddy) road less traveled - the Jeep Wrangler is a true off-road champion. Climb the highest peak, then go back down safely with features like hill descent control. 

With the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, everyone can go along for the ride, as this version seats five comfortably in a spacious cabin, and can easily get in and out of the four doors for trail hikes and photo ops. Everyone’s gear will fit in the large cargo hold as well.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Looking for an SUV with off-road chops AND a plush cabin that rivals luxury SUVs? Load everyone up in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. There’s a trim level to suit everyone.

When properly equipped, this Jeep can tow 7,200 pounds. Put down the back seats for 68.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and load and unload with ease with an available power lift gate. Want to take the roads less traveled? Try the Trailhawk model, which comes standard with an off-road camera, a limited-slip differential, a sway bar and more for off-roading.

Need more room? Load everyone up in the three-row seating of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, introduced in 2021.

Honda Odyssey

Got a long way to go on that road trip? Do it in comfort and style with the Honda Odyssey. 

This spacious family shuttle is also fun to drive(yes, it’s true!), thanks to its strong engine, lively handling and smooth ride.

There’s seating for 7 to 8, and Mom and Dad will love being able to address the little ones in the back seats or keep track of sibling shenanigans via the stereo speakers or touchscreen. For added peace of mind, the Odyssey is equipped with a long list of standard safety features and has great safety ratings as well.

Get to your destination quicker with fewer stops at the gas station - the Odyssey gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, good numbers for its class.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid


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The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is in it for the long haul. This three-row SUV gets great fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated driving range of 600 miles on a tank of gas.

Roomy seating in the first two rows, a nicely appointed cabin, lots of standard safety tech, plus strong acceleration and stellar safety scores are highlights. The third row seating is cramped, and may be best as a kids-only zone.

Keep the family entertained on long journeys with standard features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, a USB media port and four USB charge ports. 

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