Are you ready for a road trip after a long period of being locked up due to the horrendous pandemic? You will want to drive a reliable vehicle, one you can trust to help you on the long road ahead. And in the following paragraphs, we will talk about some of the best SUVs you can consider. All three are wonderful choices for families and even solo travels that need some extra space.
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
With a price tag of around $38,000, the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a top-ranked electric and hybrid SUV for a reason. Both of its standard 2 electric motors are very good and acceleration is fast thanks to the standard CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission). The EPA is around 36 miles per gallon while in the city and 1 mile per gallon lower for highway driving.
With a maximum torque of 3,500 pounds and a very good safety rating of 9.5 out of 10, this SUV can fit a maximum of 8 people. As expected, those seating in the third row will not be very comfortable due to cramped seats. But, the other rows are very capable.
During the road trip, you will surely be very comfortable, with standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a good touchscreen. There are even 5 USB ports so it will be a breeze to charge all your devices. Combine this with a lot of cargo space and you will even love it as a used SUV.
2022 Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey is one of the best options for 2022 vehicles period, but it is specifically great for the family. We are talking about one of the best minivans at the moment, with 280 HP and enough power to handle the activities you would want to put it through.
The standard features you can expect are Bluetooth, an infotainment display of 5 inches, 2 USB ports, and a speaker system with 7 speakers. When your budget allows it, you can get even more features, like more USB ports, WiFi, and an entertainment system for the rear seats.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
The brand new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime hybrid model is compact and great when you want to travel with your family but the family is not too large. You gain 302 hp, which is great for highways, even if the SUV is not very speedy when compared to others.
When you use the electric power option, you can expect to drive for around 42 miles. After, the gasoline engine will take over. The onboard charger allows the RAV4 to charge in 12 hours to full as you use just a 120 volts standard outlet.
The safety score is 9.8 out of 10 and you can be sure the seating will be supportive and comfortable when five people are seated. You do have access to quite a lot of space, including in the back seat. You can expect a lot of comfort thanks to the 8 inches touchscreen, suitable operating system, WiFi, and more. You can also add extra safety features for your entire family with the use of Safety Sense 2.0.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
With a starting price of around $31,000, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is highly recommended when your road trip often takes you onto unpaved roads. You can choose out of several engine options, including a375 hp plug-in hybrid.
If you will spend a lot of time off-roading, opt for the Rubicon trip. It includes locking rear and front differentials, 4WD, and a better transfer case.
The only real problem for families with this SUV is that you get poor fuel economy. And you might not like the ride when you go on pavement. However, you can easily seat 5 people and you get an impressive 72.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
2021 Subaru Outback
Last but not least, when your budget is lower, you can consider the $26,000 2021 Subaru Outback. It is basically a mix of a wagon and SUV. You get standard AWD and the base model has 182 hp. You will not be able to easily get up to those passing speeds some expect while on the highway, but you can opt for the stronger 260 hp engine, which is good for most possible situations.
The safety score for the SUV is very good at 9.8 out of 10 and the cabin is roomy. Several standard features are included, which is not expected for the price, including 2 USB ports, 2 touch screens, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and more.