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As the weather gets nicer and the sun stays up longer, it’s the perfect time to plan your summer road trip. Road trips are a staple of the summer, with the opportunity to create a lifetime of memories. Whether you are planning a trip for your family or friends, you want to ensure you have the best car to make your trip enjoyable. These seven models are among the ideal road trip cars, and they can offer you some remarkable efficiency and space.

Nissan Leaf

The new Nissan Leaf is a budget-friendly electric car ready to stand out from the crowd with sleek styling. The new 2022 Nissan Leaf receives an excellent price cut and adds some great features. With up to 226 miles of range and an upgraded Level-2 charging cable, a Nissan Leaf is a surprisingly good choice for your road trip. Finally, you can enjoy 23.6-cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats. If you are only taking one other person with you, fold the rear seats down and enjoy 30 cu-ft of cargo space.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

a new 2022 chevrolet bolt ev, the cheapest new electric car that will be ready for your summer adventure
A New Chevrolet Bolt EV | Chevrolet

If you are into the idea of an efficient EV, choosing a new Chevrolet Bolt EV can be a top choice. The new model, like the Nissan Leaf, receives a price cut. This price cut also comes with an all-new interior that is much more comfortable. Plus, this hatchback can offer you up to 259 miles of range, which for most roads will be more than enough. To ensure you can have everything you need, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers you 16.6 cu-ft of space when the rear seats are up, but fold them down to enjoy 57 cu-ft of total space.

Toyota Prius

a new toyota prius nightshade edition, a sleek road trip ready hybrid car
A 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition | Toyota

There are few models as synonymous with efficiency as the Toyota Prius. The newest iteration of the Toyota Prius is a comfortable and modern hatchback that is one of the best options for road trips. You can enjoy as much as 56 mpg combined with its hybrid powertrain. This hatchback is also surprisingly spacious, with 27.4 cu-ft of space when the rear seats are up and 50.7 cu-ft of space when you fold down the rear seats.

Hyundai Elantra

a red hyundai elantra parked and ready for your next road trip
A 2022 Hyundai Elantra | Hyundai

The new Hyundai Elantra is a top choice in the world of compact sedans. With a few different trim levels to consider, every driver can get the sedan they want. For your enjoyment, the new Hyundai Elantra can offer up to 43 mpg on the highway, which is plenty efficient for most drivers. Moreover, the trunk for this small sedan can offer you 14.2 cu-ft of space, which is plenty as long as you pack it right.

Toyota Corolla

a new 2022 toyota corolla apex taking a turn around a city street turn
A 2022 Toyota Corolla Apex | Toyota

Like the model above, the new Toyota Corolla is a small sedan that can offer you a surprising amount of efficiency and space. Inside, the Toyota Corolla can impress with plenty of leg room and top-notch comfort. Many technologies are available, and the trunk offers you 13.1 cu-ft of space. Choose the hatchback model for 17.8 cu-ft of space when the rear seats are up. Finally, the sedan can provide as much as 40 mpg on the highway.

Honda Accord

If you like the idea of a sedan but want something that is a bit larger on the inside and offers more features, consider a Honda Accord. Firstly, the new Honda Accord can deliver 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. For many drivers, this will be plenty. But what makes this sedan so great is the 16.7 cu-ft of space in the trunk. Finally, the interior is exceptional, with plenty of room in the front and rear and tons of features and technology. All of this makes this sedan one of the best choices around.

Kia Stinger

For drivers who want a stylish and sporty car that will make your summer road trip a more exciting time, consider the new Kia Stinger. The Kia Stinger comes standard with 300 horsepower giving you the extra power to make long highway drives more exciting while sacrificing a little efficiency. Furthermore, Reader’s Digest notes that the available Harman Kardon QuantumLogic Surround Sound System with 15 speakers can bring new life to your favorite songs when your windows are down. 

A better road trip car makes your ride a better time

a green kia stinger gt line drives showing off its road trip prowess
A 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line | Kia

If you are looking to plan out your next road trip and just so happen to be shopping for a new car, these seven models should be on your list. Each model can offer you plenty of benefits, but make sure you dig into what each option offers to choose the model that is most suitable for you.