The Best Road Trip Cars According to TrueCar

Road trip season has finally arrived. Do you have the right car for your next road trip? If you don’t, we’ve got you covered. As a matter of fact, TrueCar recently highlighted its picks for the best road trip cars of 2021. Let’s find out what they are.

The 2021 Honda Accord is one of the best road trip cars

A grey 2021 Honda Accord, one of the best road trip cars
2021 Honda Accord | Honda

If you’re planning a road trip anytime soon, the 2021 Honda Accord is one of the best road trip cars, reports TrueCar. This model delivers an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Opt for the Honda Accord Hybrid, and this year’s model achieves 48 combined mpg. 

The Accord isn’t just fuel-efficient. It’s also safe. The IIHS even tapped it as a Top Safety Pick+. And when it comes to road trip-worthy features? This year’s Accord aims to please with features like a head-up display, a wireless phone car, and wireless CarPlay and Android Auto

Now, the Honda Accord isn’t the only car included on the list. TrueCar also tapped the 2021 Mazda3 as one of the best road trip cars of the year. This year’s model delivers up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. However, it’s much more than a fuel-sipper, TrueCar reports. Much like the Honda Accord, this year’s Mazda3 can be had with features like a heads-up display, a leather interior, and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.

These SUVs are some of the best road trip cars of 2021

A red 2021 Toyota Highlander
2021 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

As for the best road trip SUVs? TrueCar tapped the 2021 Toyota Highlander, the 2021 Subaru Outback, and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E as its top picks. But, first, let’s talk about the Highlander. As TrueCar explains, the Highlander is the best road trip car for folks that require ample storage and seating for up to eight passengers. TrueCar also highlighted its many standard safety features and its extensive warranty, which includes two years of roadside assistance.

As for the 2021 Subaru Outback? TrueCar called it the perfect pick for adventurous road trips. Not only does it come standard with all-wheel drive, but it also boasts more than enough ground clearance to take on uneven terrain. Even better, the 2021 Subaru Outback comes stocked with driver-assist safety features and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. And if you’re not sold on the Outback but still want a Subaru? TrueCar suggests taking a gander at the 2021 Subaru Forester instead.

The 2021 Ford Mach-E found itself among the best road trip cars too. Though, the Mach-E isn’t like other cars on the list. Instead, this SUV is all-electric. However, it does boast an EPA-estimated range of 305 miles. That’s not all it has going for it, either. The Mach-E also comes standard with an impressive 15.5-inch touchscreen display. TrueCar also lauded it for its suite of standard self-driving features.

Yes, these models made the list too

2021 Chrysler Pacifica parked
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid | Stellantis

As it turns out, you don’t need a car or SUV for your next road trip. As a matter of fact, TrueCar also included two very different cars in its list of the best road trip cars. First up, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. While this family hauler might not seem like the best road trip car, there’s plenty to like about it. Pick from front- or all-wheel drive, gas, or plug-in hybrid versions of this year’s Pacifica. You’re going to want to check out road-trip-worthy features like Chrysler’s new “FamCAM” interior camera too.

TrueCar also tapped the 2021 Ford F-150 as one of the best road trip cars. While the Ford F-150 might not seem like the best road trip car at first glance, this year’s model does have a lot to offer. It’s available as a hybrid and can tow up to 14,000-pounds. It’s also available with an onboard generator and a navigation system.

The right car can make your trip an even better experience

There’s no getting around it. The right car can make or break your road trip experience. Fortunately, TrueCar recommends quite a few road-trip-worthy vehicles. To find out which is the best road trip car for you, we suggest starting with a few test drives.

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