The 5 Best New Vehicles for Your Next Road Trip

We all have our personal preferences when it comes to vehicles, but for those planning a road trip, fuel efficiency sits at the top of the list. Still, a vehicle’s ability to sip gas isn’t all that makes it worthy of your attention. Here are five of the best new models you should check out before you leave for a vacation this summer.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Photo:

EV/Hybrid: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

With the all-new Ioniq Hybrid, Hyundai is undoubtedly leading the automotive charge into the future. Not only is the Ioniq known as the most fuel-efficient car in America—the Ioniq Blue model returns an astounding 58 combined mpg and can travel nearly 700 miles in one fill-up—but it’s also priced for the average American consumer, with a base MSRP at just over $22,000. It’s one of the best vehicles in its segment, hybrid or otherwise, and offers up to 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. If you’re planning a romantic road trip this summer, the Ioniq will certainly put extra cash in your pockets that can be spent on roses, chocolates, or whatever it is today’s youngsters-in-love buy.

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Truck: 2017 Chevy Colorado

If you’re moving into or away from Kansas City, or simply like having some towing and hauling prowess every mile of your summer travels, the new Chevrolet Colorado will serve you well. The 2WD Colorado equipped with Chevy’s turbo-diesel engine nets 30 mpg on the highway, which is the best in the small and midsize pickup class. It also has a max towing capacity of 7,700 pounds—also best in its class—and comfortable seating for up to five. Whether your road trip is for business or pleasure, Chevy’s versatile pickup is an excellent choice, to say the least.

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Car: 2017 Nissan Altima

Given the right conditions and a gentle foot, the 2017 Nissan Altima can venture nearly 700 miles on a single tank of gas. To put that in perspective, that would get you from Kansas City to “Music City,” aka Nashville, TN. Paired with the Xtronic CVT, the Altima’s 39 highway mpg ranks among the top in its non-hybrid class, and it’s got loads of space to boot. Passenger volume maxes out at 101.9 cubic feet, which is better than class standout Mazda 6, and the car’s 60/40-split rear seats can be reconfigured to extend cargo space just enough for a guitar case or two. Best of all, Bose® Premium Audio is available on certain trims, allowing you to blast your favorite tunes as you trek South to Honky Tonk Row.

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SUV: 2017 Buick Encore

Aside from a handful of hybrid crossovers, there are few SUVs better than the 2017 Buick Encore when it comes to fuel efficiency. Returning 27 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway, the Encore can get you from Kansas City to Chicago—or thereabouts—on just one full tank.

But the ability to steer clear of gas stations is but one reason why the new Encore is an excellent choice for your next summer road trip. Other benefits of buying or leasing a Buick Encore include the following:

  • Comfortable seating for up to five
  • Head- and legroom near the top of its class
  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • QuietTuning™ technology to minimize road-to-cabin noise
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
  • Buick IntelliLink infotainment with voice recognition
  • 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by NHTSA

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Minivan: 2017 Toyota Sienna

Minivans are undoubtedly the best trip-taking vehicles for families, and the 2017 Toyota Sienna is the finest of the bunch. Nicknamed the “Swagger Wagon,” the Sienna is certainly a swanky ride. It features a dual moonroof, driver-centric cockpit loaded with tech, easy third-row access, a Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center, and second-row climate controls. But what really stands out is its fuel economy. Boasting an EPA-estimated 29 highway and 22 combined mpg, Toyota’s minivan is the segment’s most fuel-efficient option.

Start Your Summer Road Trip at McCarthy

Don’t begin preparing for your next road trip without visiting one of our locations near Kansas City. Whether you’re going solo or bringing along the entire family, no summer destination should be chosen without first finding a reliable and fuel-efficient vehicle to get you there. Browse the current selection of new vehicles for sale and lease at McCarthy Auto Group. Our Kansas City auto dealerships are here to help you start that journey off on the right foot.


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