When planning a road trip, there are various things to consider when looking for a car to use, including gas mileage, safety and reliability. You want something spacious and comfortable, but also affordable and good on gas. Based on ratings and reviews, I referenced some sites for the top 3 best road-trip vehicles of 2018.
The Kia Sorento is ranked No. 1 in mid-sized SUVs. The Sorento is nimble and affordable. With a powerful V6 engine, it gives a comfortable and quiet ride. It has comfortable first and second row seats that give a true luxury-vehicle experience.
It has outstanding crash test scores, excellent fuel economy ratings and a terrific warranty. The Sorento costs around $25,900. It is one of the least expensive midsize SUVs. You can comfortably seat up to 5 in the base model version.
The base model has a fuel economy of 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, which is the best in this class. The Sorento has a reliability rating of 4 out of 5 from J.D. Power. With outstanding gas mileage, comfort-ability and affordability, the Kia Sorento is a top competitor.
The Toyota Highlander is jointly ranked No. 1 with the Kia Sorento in midsize SUVs. It provides a comfortable and quiet ride, along with upscale interior. Even though passenger space is sufficient, third row seating may be cramped for adults. At a cost of around $31, 000, the base price is slightly above average for the class.
It stands apart from other competitors by offering safety features like automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane departure warning and cruise control. The Highlander seats up to 8 people. The base model comes with a 2.7-liter, 4 cylinder engine that creates 185 horsepower and 184 pounds/feet of torque.
Fuel economy is 20 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. The Highlander has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power. With upscale safety features, this might be a tough one to beat.
The Buick Enclave is ranked No. 3 in midsize SUVs. It also has a powerful V6 engine, posh cabin and provides you with a smooth ride. The Enclave is the best choice for a luxury SUV experience with non-luxury price. The Enclave can seat up to 7 people.
It has rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touch-screen entertainment system, Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Wi-Fi hot spot, automatic emergency braking and more. The Enclave starts at $39,995 for the base model. It has a comfortable 3 row seating capacity. It has a 3.6-liter, V6 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy is 18 MPG in the city with 26 MPG on the highway. The Enclave has a reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power. With advanced technology and the highest reliability rating, the Buick Enclave gave us a look at why it is so highly rated.