2009 Spring Car Guide
auto
Minivan: Toyota Sienna

Top road trip vehicles: Toyota Sienna
Minivan
Toyota Sienna
MSRP:
$24,540
Mileage:
17 city/23 highway
Safety:
"Good" in front impacts, "good" in side impacts, "poor" in rear impacts from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS.
Why it's trip-worthy:
For families, the minivan is the best road trip vehicle, by far, says Consumer Reports' Mike Quincy. Kids can sit up high and see out the windows, which keep them from bothering each other, he says. "If they have siblings, the only place to turn to is the other. That brings the line, 'Don't make me stop this car,'" he says. The Sienna has a comfortable, quiet ride, says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and kbb.com, plus convenient features, including numerous cup holders, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and 43.6 cubic feet of trunk capacity.

 

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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