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You know the old saying: when life gives you lemons, take to the road. Okay, maybe it doesn't go exactly like that, but Americans are showing no signs of staying home anytime soon In Spite Of Everything. In fact, 37 million Americans were expected to take a road trip during the Summer of 2020.

What vehicles are they driving? Which ones will last several summers and beyond? Check out our research featuring the best on- and off-road vehicles on the market today.


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Best Road Trip Car Reviews

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

See what the fuss is all about in Volkswagen's mid-size crossover with 2nd row seating, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.

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2020 Lexus LX 570 Review

There are plenty of full-size luxury SUVs on the market these days, but if you're looking for something a little more rough and rugged, your options get a little more limited. That's where the 2020 Lexus LX 570 comes into play: it combines off-road capability with the luxury expected of a Lexus.

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2020 Subaru Outback Limited Review

Wagon enthusiasts are in for the ride of their life, according to one AutoNation Drive editor who took the 2020 Subaru Outback Limited for a spin.

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2020 Toyota 4Runner Review

AutoNation Drive editors weigh in on a rugged SUV offering from Toyota -- the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. Get details on performance, safety, cabin, and price.

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Review

Chevrolet released its second-generation Traverse as a 2018 model. So while it isn't all new, the General added a lot of new infotainment and safety technology to its versatile people mover.

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Nissan introduced an all-new options package for two- and four-wheel-drive Pathfinder SV and SL models. The Rock Creek Edition was an outdoors-themed nod to the Pathfinder's rugged heritage.

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2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade Review

Minivans may have a "soccer mom" rap, but they remain the best best for hauling kids, and, you guessed it, their soccer gear. The all-new Sienna offers a stylish package for families.

2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade Review

2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST is a full-size SUV that paints a pretty picture into its Rally Sport Truck trim.

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review

Perhaps the most practical vehicle in the Subaru lineup, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid marries all-weather capabilities with great fuel economy.

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2019 Subaru Forester Sport Review

For a vehicle that's only been around for a little over 20 years, the Subaru Forester remains an icon for the brand for adventure seekers and commuters alike.

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2019 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn Edition Review

If you've ever found yourself wishing driving was more exhilarating - buy a GTI and thank us later.

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Best Off-Road Vehicle Reviews

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Review

The 2020 Gladiator offers the utility of a truck, the off-road capabilities of a Jeep, and something none of its rivals can match: the open-air fun of a convertible.

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Review

Adventure comes in many different forms. You typically see the Jeep Wrangler going on the rough-and-tough kind.

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2020 Nissan Titan Review

To keep the Titan in fighting shape, Nissan put it through an intense redevelopment program for the 2020 model year. It sent the Titan to the gym and now it's more powerful than ever.

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2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review

Toyota gave its off-road-loving Tacoma a serious upgrade in the release of the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro edition.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Review

See what our editors thought of the business end of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss in this test drive review.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4x4 Review

A competitor to the F-150, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a powertrain that is sure to beat the Ford truck to the punch.

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2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition Review

Nissan's own monster truck gets a sinister makeover in the 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition trim level.

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew Review

It's difficult not to like something that makes you feel like a hero every time you drive it.

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What's the best road trip car?

Perhaps not so surprising because of its fuel efficiency, the Toyota Prius ranks high on our list of picks for the best road trip-ready car. The automotive press is also loving the Corvette Z06, a cult car destined to be a classic. If you're looking for something more, you know, normal, then you might try a good ol' Chevrolet Suburban.

What car features should I get for the best road trip?

Want to make sure you tamp down those endless "are we there yet" questions from the back seat? These are the best features you'll want to keep everybody entertained, sane, and safe: