The American road trip is something that fewer people seem to value. It was once a keystone to family life: climb in the car, complain, see the sights (sans appreciation from the teenager), and arrive at the destination. Rinse and repeat. Okay, so we broke it down into a crude, rudimentary explanation, but if you’ve ever been on a road trip, you know that it is much more than that. If you haven’t been, then we suggest you start making plans.
Hollywood has captured the humor and amazement of this nation’s dynamics. From Little Miss Sunshine to National Lampoon’s, road trip movies are classic American cinema; there’s even a goofy comedy called Road Trip. The one universal theme among these genres is the idea that, at the end of it all, the experience of traveling together strengthens the bonds among family and friends.
Your vehicle is the most important variable for a fun, comfortable road trip. Ergonomics, air conditioning, fuel economy, sound system, and much more all contribute to an enjoyable ride. Yahoo! Autos published a list, with help from Edmund’s and Kelley Blue Book, which previews the best vehicles for going on road trips. With Independence Day festivities behind us, there’s no better time to prep your family or call up some friends to organize a sojourn to… anywhere – especially in this great car.
Listed at #10 in the countdown is the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen Diesel. VW established a great reputation for comfort and economy, so it’s no surprise that it made the list out of the dozens of makes and models in the market today. This Jetta Sportwagen lineup is essentially the last bastion of these iconic vehicles. Here’s a preview of what Yahoo! had to say:
“This is it: The last stand for the venerable station wagon. In the shadows of summers past, America’s Spirit of the Road donned an aloha shirt and sunglasses, hitched up a teardrop trailer and packed the entire family into a wood-paneled wonder car.”