The Highest Rated Road Trip Vehicles
Road-trip season is finally upon us, so we at Autohaus of Peoria have committed to hunting
down some of the highest-rated vehicles for taking road trips.
For long excursions, you’ll be wanting a healthy combination of generous cargo capacity, space
and comfort for yourself and any passengers, heightened performance, advanced technology,
and competitive gas mileage. You’ll need a vehicle that is as comfortable as it is capable.
After researching endless internet reviews, we are very excited to share Autohaus of Peoria’s
Top 10 Highest-Rated Vehicles for Road Trips (in no particular order- as many are top-rated for
1. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250: This particular SUV crossover is ranked in the Top Five
Luxury Subcompact SUVs by U.S. News & World Report, and for good reason. It has agile and
sporty handling, an impressive infotainment system and driver assistance features including a
360-degree camera, and can seat 5. This is a fantastic option for those who will be most often
transporting 2-4 total passengers, seeing as reviews from owners have stated that they wish
there was a little more rear-seat and cargo space when seats are at capacity.
2. 2016-2018 Volkswagen Golf: For being a smaller hatchback, the Golf has plenty of punch and
a surprising amount of leg room in the cabin. You shouldn’t have any trouble fitting your
luggage, and your drive will be easy-breezy with the TSI turbocharged engine, XDS Cross
Differential System, and good gas mileage (about 33mpg on the highway). With a superior
sound system, helpful technology and several driver assistance systems, owners are leaving
reviews on the Volkswagen Golf like, “Drives like a Dream.”
3. 2018 Audi Q7: This luxury three-row SUV is a lighter-weight and lower-sitting transporter that
is perfect for families. It’s quiet, supercharged, has effortless acceleration, and the interior
exudes luxury. Reviews from owners say the new Q7 instills calm and tranquility for all
passengers, rides very comfortably, handles responsively and inspires confidence. The
technology is more advanced than typical, which isn’t a surprise with Audi, so the only downside
we have stumbled upon is that it takes some time to master all the controls. This is a great
option for drivers who expect to have seats at full capacity often, as three adults can fit
comfortably in the second-row seat while still enjoying plenty of leg and head room.
4. 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: This one truly hits the jackpot. Here we have something
that performs like a luxury sports car, has an interior with room comparable to an SUV, is built
with top-of-the-line speakers, and is a hybrid. And honestly, you’d have to see it to appreciate
how excellent the technology and infotainment system is. Not to mention, it looks incredible.
This is a car that would have you smiling well before ever reaching your destination.
5. 2018 Volkswagen Jetta: Fuel efficiency that’s hard to beat (38mpg), stylish on both the
exterior and interior, and a recent recipient of another five-star overall safety rating from the
NHTSA out of a possible five stars. This compact sedan has a long list of features for safety,
convenience, comfort, and entertainment. Follow the link to learn even more.
6. 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E43: Car and Driver calls this one “The sweet spot between high
performance and high class. Exceptionally sporty and exceedingly luxurious.” One of the many
incredible things about this vehicle is the specially tuned 396-hp twin-turbo V-6 and nine-speed
automatic. There is also a vast amount of advanced technical assists such as multi-car
communication and semi-autonomous driving. It has continuously scored into the “Ten Best
Cars for 2018,” and is a dream-come-true for anyone on a road trip (or anyone driving
anywhere). And like any Mercedes-Benz, the interior is comfortable enough to want to live
7. 2018 Porsche 911: This would be the perfect road-trip-vehicle option for solo or duo travelers
who prioritize fun, but perhaps not the best option for those traveling with more family members.
Although there are four seats for passengers, a long amount of time in the small back row would
not be ideal. Still, the 911 is one of the most luxurious and quickest cars in Porsche’s current
lineup. It has 2-Zone Automatic Climate Control with separate temperature controls for you and
your first-mate, park assist, proximity warning, impact protection systems, and a whole lot more.
8. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: A surprising amount of cargo space and cabin room, comfortable
seating, superior performance, good safety ratings, eight high-quality speakers, a fuel economy
of 27mpg, and a powerfully turbocharged engine are all just parts of what make the Tiguan the
ultimate, practical-yet-fun road trip vehicle for anyone wanting to hit the open road.
Incase you haven’t already gathered from all the embedded website links leading back to our
inventory, we currently do have all of these listed vehicles at our own dealership, Autohaus of
Peoria in Peoria, Illinois. This means you are able to come test drive these vehicles and have an
experienced and specialized staff to assist you in making the best decision for you and your
We sincerely hope that this list helps you out. Now, fill your tank, load up the snacks, and hit the
open road! (And send us photos!)