As they say, it's not the destination, it's the journey. Here are some of the best road trip cars you can buy.
Though it might not get great gas mileage due to its supercharged V-8, the last-gen CTS-V still makes a great long-distance car, especially in wagon trim. Comfy Recaro seats, a luxurious interior, and lots of space out back mean little to worry about as you're cruising down the highway. up for sale on eBay right now.
If you hate left-lane hoggers, there's nothing that gets them out of the way faster than the grille of a Crown Victoria in their rear-view mirror. It's one of the many reasons why the Crown Vic is such a great road-tripper. that you can own today.
We know, that name is a mouthful. But Porsche's top-spec hybrid Panamera is one of the most powerful cars in the company's lineup, and it comes complete with four bucket seats and plenty of luggage space.
Lexus's flagship V-8-powered LC coupe looks stunning, and because it's a grand tourer, would be the perfect fit for a road trip for two people. It has four seats, but we wouldn't recommend stuffing anyone in the back for extended periods of time. listed for just under $72,000.
BMW is actually discontinuing the 3-Series wagon for the US, but used versions of cars like the 328d . With good gas mileage and all the driving dynamics you'd expect from a 3-Series, it's hard to argue against it.
If you're looking for the ultimate sleeper that can haul a bunch of people and luggage, look no further than the R63 AMG. Its a Mercedes van of the late 2000s equipped with a 507-horsepower V-8, big wheels, and subtle AMG badges. There aren't any wings or big air ducts to attract unwanted attention, making this the perfect candidate for a Cannonball-style drive. up for grabs on eBay now.
The Roadmaster is the quintessential American road trip machine. Ample space and plenty of motor mean you'll be flying through long stretches of highway in total comfort. , and can be yours for under $5000.
No matter which generation of M5 you're into, they make for a fantastic cross-country car. We're partial to the E39 thanks to its wonderful V-8, understated looks, and fantastic driving dynamics. , and it's listed on eBay for $19,000.
Pretty much any 911 would make a great road-tripper, but the Turbo models stand out. It's the most luxurious and one of the fastest 911s in Porsche's lineup, and it looks great. Plus, it still has four seats—though we wouldn't recommend putting someone back there long-term. for sale on eBay right now.
Volvo is known for its fantastically well-made seats, and the V60 Polestar is no exception. Combine that with a 362-horsepower twin-charged inline four and AWD, and you've got yourself one capable road-trip machine. Maybe don't get it in blue, though, if you're looking to fly under the radar.
The Phaeton was sold in the US for a short time as a rival to cars like the 7-Series, S-Class, and A8. It's based on the Bentley Flying Spur, so you know it's comfortable, and that lowly VW badge means you won't draw much attention to yourself should you be going quickly.(Not that we condone that, of course.) for under $8000.
Just because the GTC4Lusso packs a 680-horsepower V-12 (or a 608-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, should you opt for the RWD T model pictured here), doesn't mean it's impractical. There are four usable seats, and plenty of luxury features to keep you occupied on your trip. for sale right now with low miles.
If you want to fly under the radar for long distances, there is perhaps no better car than the Chevy SS. On the outside, it looks like a Malibu, but underneath it's packing a 415-horsepower LS3 V-8 from a Corvette connected to a six-speed manual transmission. No one will ever give you a second look as you fly by them on the highway. with nearly 40,000 miles on it.
You can't beat a spacious wagon for long-distance travel, and what better wagon to have than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S? It makes over 600 horsepower from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, sending power to all four wheels. for sale now.
The McLaren F1 might be one of the best sports cars ever made, but it's actually road-trip ready as well. It has room for three inside, and there's even compartments for fitted luggage in the bodywork. And besides, who wouldn't want to cross the country in the ultimate analog supercar?
There probably isn't a car worse-equipped for a road trip than a Morgan 3-Wheeler, but damn if it isn't exciting. In a Morgan trike, you're totally exposed to the elements, which means that you can really drink in your surroundings, and you'll get soaked if it rains. Our Peter Egan can tell you more about why you want to do a Morgan road trip.
It's beautifully styled, is powered by a 568-horsepower V-12, sounds amazing, and can drop its top to let more of that sound in. Really, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante might be the ultimate grand tourer. There's even room behind the front seats for a small cooler and some snacks. is for sale, and has just 313 miles on the clock.
Regardless of which version you drive, there's something mystical about crossing the country in America's sports car. With the C7 Corvette, Chevrolet has created what might be the perfect road trip vehicle. As always, you get a powerful engine and great handling, but you also get a quality interior, spacious trunk, and nearly 30 mpg on the highway. can be yours for under $40,000.
There aren't many cars today that can match the style and class of a real classic car. Where modern cars have classic beat is in areas like reliability, efficiency, safety, and handling. Icon takes the best of both, combines them, and what you get is a car that looks like a barn find but drives like a regular car. Sounds like an amazing way to spend a few thousand miles to us.
If you're the kind of person whose idea of a road trip is an off-road trip, you're going to need something rugged and dependable, as well as simple enough to fix if anything breaks—like an old XJ. It has room for all your tools and supplies, it'll still drive just fine any time you're on the road, and yet you'll still be able to head further off-road than almost anyone else. up for bidding on eBay now.
What if, instead of stopping at a hotel every night, you slept in what you were driving? That would get old quickly in a lot of cars, but you could easily live out of a Mercedes Sprinter for months at a time. Seeing the country out of a rolling house would open up all kinds of opportunities, and we're sure it would be a time you look back on fondly. already been converted, and should be ready to live in.
You have to make sure you get one that's been imported legally, but if you do, you'll have a car that's been forbidden fruit in the States for years. What better way to break in your new toy than to hit the highway and spend a little time time hunting down all the best driving roads you can find? You've gotta put those "276" horses to good use sometime. is up for bidding on eBay now.
Not many people seem to realize Jaguar makes a road-trip-ready XF wagon for the US. Of course, Jaguar doesn't sell very many, but that doesn't mean it's a bad car. is for sale now, and it has less than 100 miles on the clock.
Yes, the Tesla Model S has a limited range and will force you to stop every couple hours to recharge its batteries, but that's what would make road tripping it such an adventure. Instead of driving straight to your final destination, you'd have to plan your route based on where you can find Supercharger stations. listed for sale right now.