2009 Spring Car Guide
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Hybrid: Toyota Prius

Top road trip vehicles: Toyota Prius
Hybrid
Toyota Prius
MSRP:
Starting at $22,000
Mileage:
48 city/45 highway
Safety:
"Good" in front impacts, "good" in side impacts, "marginal" in rear impacts from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS.
Why it's trip-worthy:
Changes made to the 2010 Prius will transform what previously been seen as a commuter car into one that will be comfortable for long distances, says Brian Moody with Edmunds.com. It's not as narrow and noisy as before, he says, and the seats are more comfy. Another plus is its driving range, reaching 545 miles, Consumer Reports' Mike Quincy says. "You run out of gas before they do," he says.

 

Top road trip vehicles

Crossovers: Ford Flex

Minivan: Toyota Sienna

SUV: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Convertible: Mazda Miata MX-5

Sports Car: BMW Z4 Roadster

Luxury Coupe: Infiniti G37

Hybrid: Toyota Prius

Muscle car: Chevy Corvette

Sedan: Mercedes Benz C63 AMG

Truck: Dodge Ram 1500

 

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