There's nothing quite like the feeling of planning out the journey of a road trip. Packing your bags, jumping into the car, and heading out just brings excitement like no other activity. Everything from the route to the destination to the activities you'll do along the way makes a long trip memorable. Another essential aspect when planning your road trip is the vehicle you'll take to get from place to place to make those memories.

5 of the Best Vehicles for Road Trips

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When planning a trip, you might consider a checklist for your car. For example, you might schedule an oil change, wash your car's exterior, and vacuum out the interior for a pleasant experience on the road. However, picking a vehicle built for road trips can enhance the experience.

If you love taking road trips or going on long drives around York, Pennsylvania, think about finding a pre-loved vehicle that's reliable yet comfortable for you and your passengers on these trips. Our team at Your Auto Source has compiled a list of the five best cars for road trips to help you find the perfect choice.

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a minivan with plenty of cargo space, making it perfect for loading up your luggage and other essentials. Fold down the second row of seats individually to make room for more items than passengers, or pull up the third row to prioritize more passengers than items. The infotainment system can amuse the trip with USB ports, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connections, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Additionally, the Odyssey has a Cabin Control feature to ensure you and all your passengers are comfortable on the trip. This feature gives those in the second or third-row control over how warm or cool they are rather than relying on those in the first row to make adjustments. Cabin Control also has a social playlist feature, allowing passengers to queue up their favorite songs.

Fuel economy: Around 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid can seat up to eight passengers with third-row seating, and those in the front row can enjoy heated and ventilated seats to warm up or cool down throughout the trip. The hands-free power rear liftgate makes getting your luggage in and out of the SUV. Additionally, if you're looking to get out on the water with your fishing or bowrider boat during the trip, the Highlander has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

For entertainment, the Highlander Hybrid has a fine 12.3-inch touch-screen display with a navigational system to keep you on track while on the road and let you listen to your favorite radio stations, playlists, or podcasts with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. A luxury feature of this vehicle is wireless charging in the center console, making it an easy place to store your phone and let it charge.

Fuel economy: Around 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang begins your road trip in style. This sleek sports car has electric power-assisted handling, letting you steer with the least effort, which is excellent when driving for several hundred miles down the highway. Some versions of the Mustang offer a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 with a dual-clutch Tremec seven-speed transmission.

The technology inside the car allows the vehicle to connect with navigational systems and other smartphone applications. While you can use the screen by touching it, there's a voice activation setting, making it easier to keep your hands on the wheel while driving. Additionally, indulge in your favorite playlists and become absorbed by the sound system by Bang & Olufsen, which provides an ideal acoustic environment.

Fuel economy: Around 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is perfect for a two-person road trip. Inside the two-seater convertible, experience an elevated journey with a touch of elegance in the car's looks and features. While cruising down the highways, you'll be in awe of how the convertible's hard top retracts with top-tier technology, making it look seamless when it's open or closed. The top retracts into the trunk, but you won't have to worry about sacrificing space for your luggage.

Inside, you'll find an infotainment system with Mazda Connect, which can connect to Apple CarPlay and navigational systems. Your smartphone can click on the car to play your favorite playlists, which you'll enjoy through Bose speakers. To make operation simple and convenient, its controls are in closer reach, sitting next to the driver's seat below the gearstick.

Fuel economy: Around 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Ram 1500 TRX

The Ram 1500 TRX is the truck for more rugged trips. Cruise on rough terrain to your camping or hiking destinations with no problem with this Ram's 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. You'll also enjoy the fierce hum of the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. The flat bottom steering wheel makes it comfortable to navigate for miles on end.

As for entertainment, the truck has a 12-inch touchscreen equipped with Uconnect, which can connect to navigational systems, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Apple and Android connections only take up a portion of the screen rather than the whole screen, making it easier for you to use other applications, such as navigation.

Fuel economy: Around ten mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway.

Here at Your Auto Source, we're focused on getting you into your dream vehicle for the best deal. Contact us for further information about what we have in our inventory or how you can sell us your old car. Visit us at our dealership in York, Pennsylvania, to view the merchandise in person or to speak with one of our experts to learn more.
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