Best Road Trip Cars - Under $20,000
Small cars are great for city driving, but a growing number of cars priced under $20,000 are getting more interior room and cabin technology - both great for summer road trips - than ever before. Take, for example, the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan that starts at just $10,990. With more interior space than some mid-size sedans, the new Nissan Versa is our pick for the best road trip car costing less than $20,000, and it can even be equipped with some of the latest in-car technologies - including navigation - while still staying under this price threshold. This small sedan has a massive interior that can easily accommodate five adult passengers, while the cargo area is more than enough for a few suitcases. Better yet, with its 1.6-liter inline-four producing 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque, the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan has EPA-rated highway fuel economy estimates of 38 miles per gallon allowing it to drive around 410 miles on a tank of gas with a cost of just $44.74 to drive 500 miles. Other cars to consider as good road trip cars under $20,000 include the Hyundai Veloster, Chevrolet Sonic and Kia Rio.