Best Road Trip Cars - Minivan
Like station wagons, minivans play a pivotal roll come road trip season, but in addition to cavernous interiors, most minivans now offer enough entertainment systems that rival some home living rooms. Redesigned for 2011, the Honda Odyssey is a good road trip car thanks to its spacious, versatile interior with the rear two rows of seats big enough for six passengers or easily folded out of the way to allow for plenty of cargo room. Starting at $28,375, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is one of the best road trip cars of 2012 not only because of its class-leading safety, entertainment, comfort and technology but also due to its unconventional, sporty(ish) styling. Opting for the Odyssey Touring adds plenty of standard features such as rear-seat entertainment, navigation and a moonroof, and it also gets a six-speed automatic transmission. With this transmission, the Honda Odyssey's 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg on the highway which is good for a 588-mile driving range; driving 500 miles would cost $60.71. The minivan segment is always evolving, so the Honda Odyssey should always keep its eye on the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.
The Honda Odyssey was also named the Autobytel 2012 Van/Minivan of the Year and it was the top-rated minivan in the AutoPacific 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.