There are only four remaining minivans in the market, namely the 2022 Kia Carnival, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Chrysler Pacifica. Some of the shared features in these vehicles include three rows of seats and lots of storage space. This makes them versatile and would typically make them ideal for family road trips. However, only one ended up on the Consumer Reports’ best cars for road trips list: the Toyota Sienna.
Consumer Reports’ best cars for road trips in 2022 list
There are six cars on Consumer Reports‘ list for best road trip cars in 2022, including the Sienna. These are divided into three categories: those with room for two, three, and a whole family. If you’re a party of one or two heading for a long drive, the reviewer recommends either the 2022 Honda Accord or the 2022 Tesla Model 3.
Reasons for the Honda’s inclusion are the quiet cabin, big trunk, and comfortable layout in the interior. The hybrid option would also save you some funds on long trips, with extra perks such as standard cruise control. As for the Tesla Model 3, the EV’s 358-mile range and Tesla’s supercharger network play a big part in its selection.
Where the road trip consists of two passengers in addition to the driver, the website picks the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and the 2022 Lexus RX. Consumer Reports prefers the hybrid Hyundai SUV variant to the gas option due to fuel savings, quicker acceleration, and a quieter cabin. Furthermore, the gas-powered and hybrid picks offer advanced safety features such as standard, comfortable seats and a large cargo section.
As you’d expect from Lexus, the 2022 RX, features a quiet, plush, and comfortable interior. It’s also secure and confidence-inspiring on the road despite not being very nimble.
Lastly, if you intend to bring the whole family along for the trip, the recommended options include the 2022 Toyota Sienna minivan and the 2022 Toyota Highlander. According to Consumer Reports, the third row of seats in the highlander is best folded down to increase the cargo room, although it could also fit your kids. Additional reasons to pick the SUV include standard advanced safety features and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with its infotainment system.
Why the 2022 Toyota Sienna is listed as one of the best road trip vehicles
Of the reasons why the Sienna made it into the list, one is the optional all-wheel drive. With that, gaining traction even on slippery or snowy roads won’t be much of an issue. Furthermore, it can sit up to eight people, and like other options in its class, there’s plenty of cargo room.
Though it’s only offered as a hybrid, fuel economy is better than its three other minivan counterparts and even some sedans. According to Edmunds, the Sienna offers better fuel economy with a combined 36 mpg than the hybrid Chrysler Pacifica, rated at 30 mpg. Also, with seven USB ports, you won’t have your kids fighting over who gets to charge their device first.
The 2022 Toyota Sienna overview.
As a hybrid minivan, the 2022 Toyota Sienna combines its motors with a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine to make its total output 245 hp. The engine plus motor combination is paired with a CVT transmission and just as mentioned above, picking FWD or AWD is up to the buyer. Also, its 3,500 lbs towing capacity could be handy if you’re road-tripping to a camping destination.
One major downside of the Toyota minivan is that, unlike its counterparts, you can’t remove or fold the second-row seats into the floor for extra storage space. Lastly, Toyota starts the minivan’s pricing at $35,285, although you could pay more than $50,000 depending on trim and package.