This information is provided by our friends at Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed).
Summer travel season is officially here, and with it comes thoughts
of the perfect summer road trip. After all, there’s no better way to see
the countryside than by driving through it, making the journey just as
much an adventure as the destination. But is your vehicle up to the
task? If you’re in the market for new wheels
for your upcoming road trip, let’s take a look at some of the pros and
cons for different road trip-worthy vehicles. And who knows: maybe one
of them will turn out to be your dream car.
Convertibles. Having a convertible lets you get the
most of the fresh air and the summer sun–though if you wind up driving
through heavy traffic or high heat, you may regret getting too much of
both. Still, there’s no better way to shake off the winter doldrums than
by putting the top down and enjoying a drive on a sunny day (but we
definitely recommend sunscreen). On the downside, the small size of the
average convertible—typically they’re two-door coupes, and not all have a
back seat—means these just won’t work for a family getaway.
Minivans and SUVs. Sure, these don’t have the same
attractive looks as a convertible or a sports car, but they’re eminently
practical—especially if you’re planning on taking a big family trip,
since these vehicles often seat seven or more comfortably. For a family
with kids, this class of vehicle typically offers television, DVD
players, or other entertainment features you don’t usually see in
Hybrids. If you plan on putting a lot of miles on your road trip vehicle, a hybrid
may be the most sensible option. With their excellent gas mileage,
hybrids are a great bet for covering long distances without breaking
your gas budget. Most hybrids aren’t as large as a minivan or SUV— you
can find SUV hybrids that will offer you better than average gas mileage
on these larger vehicles, though not as good as a more conventional
hybrid sedan—meaning not every hybrid will be ideal for a large family
trip. Still, the average hybrid is a great choice for small group trips.
Off-roaders. If your idea of a great vacation
involves camping, hiking, fishing, or any other kind of trip that might
take you away from the standard highways and byways, you’ll want to look
for a vehicle that can get you where you need to go—even if roads
can’t. Your typical 4×4 will be rugged enough to get you through rougher
than usual terrain, but they’ll lack some of the passenger capacity and
creature comforts found in more conventional vehicles. These are great
for their specific purpose, but you may not find them the most
comfortable option for long trips or larger groups with minimal
RVs. If you’re looking to take your vacation home with you on the road, an RV
(transport and hotel all in one) may be what you’re looking for. These
vehicles can offer great accommodations for family travelers, but
they’re a pricy investment that you won’t want to make unless you’re
planning on spending a good amount of time on the road in the future.
Still, if that kind of travel appeals, an RV may be the perfect summer
road trip companion.
Whatever you’re looking to buy this summer, PenFed has new and used auto loans to get you into your dream road trip vehicle without spending a fortune. Happy travels!