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Top Road Trip Cars for 2011

Road trips bring the anticipation of the unknown and the thrill of newly discovered vistas. Anyone with memories of a family vacation, spring break adventure, or a cross-country journey on four wheels, knows that the wheels are a major part of the trip. But which cars are the best for the hitting the road? According to Kelley Blue Book, it all depends where you’re at in life.

For this year’s list, the editors at Kelley Blue Book chose to name the “life stage” for which each car is most appropriate. Are you a student? Going through a midlife crisis? Rolling into your golden years? No matter where you are in the giant road trip we call life, there is a corresponding car.

The Kbb.com editors kept key road trip criteria in mind when choosing each vehicle – aspects such as a comfortable cabin, good fuel economy, reliability and superior over-the-road driving dynamics. They also considered the vehicle’s overall image and desirability. Click on ahead to see the list, starting with a recommended car for the youngest drivers.

By Colleen Kane

Posted May 19, 2011

Photo: mbusa.com