Your Say: Top 10 Sub-$30,000 New or Used Summer Road Trip Car
Summer is finally here, and with it comes beach, barbeque, and road trip season. In a Thread of the Day earlier this week, we asked you to name the ultimate new or used summer road trip car with a price tag under $30,000. For today’s Your Say, we’re going to take a quick look at the Top 10 cars you suggested in that Thread of the Day.
One type of vehicle that commonly showed up in the comments was the convertible muscle car, and none showed up more than the big, bruising 1965-1970 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible. While values of A-Body GM muscle cars have skyrocketed, B-Body vehicles like Impala remain affordable. Suggested by Shiddy, he wrote, “If you’re going on a trip that you want to be memorable for the good stuff. Sorry, but new cars are out because they don’t feel more special the more they’re driven…I’d have a ’66 Impala SS Convertible, and go for a long distance cruise on some lovely roads.”
AuburnSpeedster had the same train of thought as Shiddy. Auburn suggested a 1960′s Lincoln Continental, “Route 66 in a ’60s Lincoln Continental Convertible would just feel right.” We’re inclined to agree.
A few commenters also suggested late-model cars as their sub-$30k summer road-tripper. Redbloodedxy is a fan of Ford’s departed Panther platform, which underpinned the Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, and Mercury Grand Marquis. Myopinionisbetter voted for the Dodge Magnum because it has a “smooth, quiet ride to reduce the road weary feeling, good visibility to make it easier to maneuver and plenty of room for whatever you want to take with you.” German cars also got a bit of love, with Gaabbee suggesting the diesel-powered last-gen BMW 335d: “2009-2011 BMW 335d. 265-hp, 425 lb-ft, 0-60 mph in the mid five-second range, [and] 36-40 mpg. Done.”
Quite a few of you also suggested some cars that are still currently on sale. Though you’d be hard-pressed to find one new under $30,000, the Dodge Challenger R/T made an appearance in the comments. Justinjohnson21 wrote of the Challenger, “Plenty of room for four, more back seat room than many of the sedans listed here, and [a] big trunk. It’s good looking, fast, loud, and gets about 23 mpg. I can’t think of a better summer road trip car for me and a few buddies.”
Reviewer07 tossed his support behind the current-gen Nissan Maxima, “I did a trip from Florida to New York [in the Maxima]… very comfortable, roomy, low fatigue from long drives, and great fuel economy.” 92Vectra1.6i was torn between two very different cars – the 2013 Honda Accord, and outgoing Volkswagen GTI. “To answer the new part of the question, it would be hard to beat a Honda Accord Sport,” he wrote, “Although a DSG-equipped GTI would also be tempting, if not quite as soothing a place to spend a couple of weeks in.” Carslikeaboss32 was a fan of the Kia Soul, which is the cheapest new car represented on this list: “I know [it may] sound absurd, but at [its] core [it has] decent space, fuel economy, and features…Took a road trip in a Soul last year and there was PLENTY of room for three 6’0 guys and all our stuff.”
Which of the above cars are you taking on your summer road trip? Sound off in the comments below.