The summer months are coming, which means it’s time to round up the family and get in the car for a road trip. Since summer is one of the biggest buying seasons for cars, it could be the right time for a new car before hitting the road. Auto dealerships begin rolling out their new models and discounting the outgoing year’s inventory, making it a good opportunity to land a deal on a car at significantly lower prices.
Price isn’t everything, however. For drives with the kids, pets and other assorted family members, fuel efficiency, spaciousness and other amenities should be on your list as well when car shopping. A leading authority on cars and auto brands, AxleGeeks sought out the best cars for summer family road trips to aid you in your search. In order to qualify, a base model had to have four doors, offer at least a combined 25 mpg, 38 inches of legroom in the second row and a minimum seating capacity of five. After sorting by fuel efficiency and breaking ties with price, the team uncovered the top 10 best 2016 vehicles for summer road trips.
Note: 38 inches of legroom in the second row is the average for a 2016 compact SUV.