The 20 Best Road Trip Cars Ever Made

If you're taking a cross-country road trip, why not drive a car that makes it exciting?

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As they say, it's not the destination, it's the journey. Here are some of the best road trip cars, according to you.

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Lexus LC500

Lexus's flagship V8-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 $70,000.

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Take the excellent McLaren 570S, add a glass roof and large glass hatch, and you have the 570GT, a McLaren perfectly suited to grand touring. We can't wait to drive it.
McLaren 570GT

The McLaren 570GT is a more livable version of the hardcore entry-level 570S, equipped with a luggage space over the engine and a slightly more compliant suspension. It was designed for long trips, so it makes sense to see it on this list. , and can be yours.

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Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

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 V8, big wheels, and some 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.

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Buick Roadmaster

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 it's listed for just under $14,000.

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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 V8, understated looks, and fantastic driving attributes. , and it's listed on eBay for just over $10,000.

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Porsche 911

Pretty much any 911 would make a great road-tripper, but the Turbo models stand out. It's both the most luxurious and one of the fastest 911s in Porsche's current 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.

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Volvo V60 Polestar

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.

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Volkswagen Phaeton

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 $10,000.

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Just because the GTC4Lusso packs a 680-horsepower V12 (or a 608-horsepower twin-turbo V8, should you opt for the RWD T model), 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.

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The Chevy SS might look like a harmless Malibu from the outside, but underneath tells a much different story. It's actually a rear-wheel-drive, LS3 V8-powered muscle car with over 400 horsepower that shares virtually all of its parts from the latest Holden Commodore. 
Chevrolet SS

If you want to fly under the radar, 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 V8 from a Corvette connected to an optional six-speed manual transmission. No one will ever give you a second look as you fly by them on the highway. that's just barely broken in.

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Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

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 V8, sending power to all four wheels. that's been tuned by Renntech, and can be yours.

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McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 might be one of the most hardcore sports cars ever made, but it's actually pretty road-trip ready. It's got 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?

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Morgan 3-Wheeler

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.

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Aston Martin
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

It's beautifully styled, is powered by a 568-horsepower V12, 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. , and heavily discounted from MSRP.

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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. listed under $40,000.

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Icon Derelict

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.

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Jeep Cherokee XJ

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. on eBay right now.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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. ready to be prepped listed on eBay right now.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R

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. has high mileage, but it can be yours for cheap.

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Tesla Model S

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. Plus, you'll get to use Tesla's fancy hands-off cruise control for those long stretches of road through states like Kansas where there's nothing interesting for miles. listed for just under $36,000.

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