Is there anything quite as rewarding as a Summer road trip? Whether you’re headed to a baseball game with your buddies, to the beach with all your friends, or dragging the kids and dog out into the majesty of nature for a camping trip, the Road Trip is a time-honored tradition. But in order to make the most of your next lengthy highway cruise, you need to have the right wheels.
Ranging from sporty to rugged, we narrowed down our favorite vehicles for all kinds of road trips. So whether you’re embarking on a his-and-her romantic getaway for two or packing the extended family into the backseat, we’ve got a vehicle for you. Plus, we picked from a wide range of price tags, meaning that there’s a road trip for every budget. After all, even if you can afford to fly, the best part of any road trip is the journey itself, not the destination.
Technically, the Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover — half SUV and half a standard four-door sedan. However, this recently released model (2015 was the first year it was sold) definitely packs in a ton of features into smaller frame. While it can’t compare in size to a full-fledged SUV, the Renegade has plenty of storage space in the back. It’s the perfect vehicle to take if you’re planning to run into any wilderness, as it has four-wheel drive with a number of settings like mud, sand, or snow.
For the full experience, get the Trailhawk model. It includes a beefier off-road suspension and comes with the MySky removable roof panels — great for that classic open-air Jeep experience. The MySky is an option on the other versions of the Renegade as well.