2009 Spring Car Guide
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SUV: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Top road trip vehicles: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
SUV
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
MSRP:
$74,085
Mileage:
20 city/21 highway
Safety:
Five-star rating in front and side impact tests in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (The SUV is not rated by the IIHS).
Why it's trip-worthy:
Luggage space abounds in this vehicle, which can transport up to eight, but also has more reasonable fuel economy in the hybrid version. Trunk capacity starts at 16.9 cubic feet, growing to 108.9 cubic feet with second row seats stowed and third seat removed. Features include heated and cooled front seats, rearview cameras and towing capabilities, as well as satellite TV and DVD players, "all the conveniences to keep your kids occupied when you're finding your way down the road," says Jack Nerad with Kelley Blue Book and kbb.com. "It's a great car for a family."

 

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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