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Ready for great American road trip

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Monday, August 18, 2014
Posted: 7 am ET

If you've got the urge to hit the open road on a car trip soon, you are not alone. The great American road trip is alive and well, according to a recent Edmunds.com survey.

The survey found that more than 92 percent would be willing to drive up to 500 miles to a vacation travel destination, with 49 percent of that group interested in driving across the U.S. What's more, they are ready to hit the road soon; 40 percent of those surveyed planned to take a road trip by Labor Day and another 34 percent are considering it.

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Edmunds.com also found that 80 percent of survey respondents had road trips on their minds when they shopped for their cars, with 22 percent making cargo space the primary attractor for cars they'd consider buying.

Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf didn't find that surprising. "Road trips are the ultimate test for any new vehicle. If the car can be reliable and comfortable while handling all the loading, unloading and hauling with adequate fuel efficiency, then it'll definitely make a great long-term vehicle," he said.

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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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