A road trip is one of the most effective ways to hit “refresh” on everyday life, and makes for a perfect chance to go on a genuine adventure with friends or family. The only downside? Fuel costs. To help save on gas, our experts have put together a few road trip-ready rides that save big at the pump. From slick and sporty to family friendly, these vehicles are perfect for every walk, and drive, of life.
Compact Car – Honda Fit
If you’re driving solo or with a significant other, saving on space is an easy way to save on fuel. Thankfully, “compact” doesn’t equate to “cramped” anymore, and the Honda Fit is a perfect example of that. The Fit achieves a best-in-class 36 mpg combined, and its folding Magic Seat layout frees up plenty of cargo space for the long haul. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in space and versatility, putting the Honda Fit on our map.
Hybrid – Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius remains a top-seller in 2018, and for good reason. The 2018 Prius gets an incredible EPA-rated 52 mpg combined, a nearly 20% increase from the 2017 model. This year’s model also handles more responsively and rides more comfortably, making it perfect for longer bouts behind the wheel. Interior-wise, signature, sleek molding is punctuated with colorful digital gauges and a roadtrip-ready touchscreen infotainment system.
Sports Car – Fiat 124 Spider
Reminiscent of the original 124 Spider, Fiat adorned the latest version with retro bodywork that gives it a dash of extra charm while saving some extra change at the pump. The 124 Spider gets an EPA-rated 30 mpg combined, all thanks to its low curb weight, nimble handling and the most powerful four-cylinder engine in its class. This little Fiat is perfect for a weekend drive down your favorite stretch of road, and emphasizes the pure “feel” of driving, which can be a vacation in itself.
SUV – Mazda CX-3
For families in need of a people mover, Mazda created the CX-3 to combat its gas guzzling counterparts on the market. With an attractive exterior, good performance and solid safety rating, it’s hard to believe the CX-3 simultaneously boasts an EPA-rated 31 mpg combined. If you’re in the market for even more interior space, the CX-5 has nearly three times as much cargo room, and still retains a gold-standard fuel economy.
Truck – Chevy Colorado Duramax
The 2018 Chevy Colorado has played a huge role in changing the pickup truck game, especially at the pump. The Colorado achieves an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined and has essentially revitalized the mid-size truck market in doing so. The GM-exclusive 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine works hard – and plays hard. For vacations that take you off the beaten path, the Colorado’s performance and gas mileage are built for the long haul, and then some.
Buying a fuel-efficient car is a good place to start, but driving habits are just as important when it comes to getting the most out of every gallon. Maximizing fuel efficiency is ultimately in your hands, just like minimizing the stress of collision repair is in ours. If your road trip should take an unfortunate turn, count on our collision repair experts to restore the rhythm of your life.