5 best family road trip cars
- Starting MSRP: $24,200
- Base engine specs: 1.8 liters, 4 cylinders
- Gas mileage (mpg): 51 city, 48 highway
This best-selling hybrid achieves the highest fuel economy of our entire summer road trip list. While the Prius' fuel-sipping engine is good for the environment, its advanced safety features also benefit passengers.
Every 2013 Toyota Prius comes standard with vehicle stability control, traction control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist technology. The features are part of what Toyota calls its Star Safety System.
In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Prius received a top overall rating of five stars. The hybrid also scored a 2013 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.
The Prius comes equipped with a 6.1-inch display audio touch-screen, radio and CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port and Bluetooth technology, so passengers can enjoy their favorite tunes as they travel down the highway.