Here are, in no particular order, our top five for holiday drives—a list of vehicles sure to make any road trip or commute much more tolerable. The top consideration is comfort, while we factored in favorable gas mileage and size, along with safety and technology features.
Lexus NX 300
What’s not to love about the most diminutive SUV offering by Lexus? The Lexus NX 300 caters to a wide demographic—you get can your NX 300 practical, hybrid, or sporty. Don’t forget behind every Lexus is oodles of luxury, and the 2018 NX 300 is no exception as this year’s models now come with the standard Lexus Safety Suite, a bigger center stack, and upgraded touchpad. What else are people saying about the Lexus NX 300? Well in 2017, US News & World Report voted it as the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. This classy contender is a sure thing on our top five for holiday drives list, as you’ll have enough cash left to stow away all your bundles and gifts this holiday season.
The 2018 Lexus NX 300 MSRP starts at $35,985*. Inquire within at your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealer.
Are we there yet? Those four dreaded words can seem innocuous enough at first, but after losing count of the number of times they’re repeated, you may soon find yourself harboring secret thoughts of abandoning ship, and you still have two state lines to cross before arriving at Gramma’s. Relax. The folks behind the popular family minivan have thought of everything. There is now in existence, the antidote to roadtrip drama, and it’s called the (optional) “Are We There Yet” app. This preloaded game hooks up to the navigation system, and will keep the troops pacified in the Pacifica as they endlessly follow along with the route. Oh, and the great fuel economy, stellar ride comfort, and roominess of the Chrysler Pacifica do not hurt either.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica MSRP starts at $28,995*. Inquire within at your local AutoNation Chrysler dealer.
We continue our best cars for long rides list with the ultra-affordable 2018 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata got a smart new look that includes a cascading front grille and you’ll sit lower to the ground during your whisper quiet ride. The intuitive infotainment system should be a breeze even for the most befuddled Baby Boomers in the family with room for five to stretch in comfort even after Nana’s gut-busting spiked eggnog and decadent chocolate cream pie. This in-demand sedan is great for budget-conscious starter families and comes standard with a roster of today’s top safety features like blind-spot detection.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata MSRP starts at $22,050*. Inquire within at your local AutoNation Hyundai dealer.
Larger families or those who plan on toting around big groups of friends have a friend in the Honda Odyssey. Exceptional gas mileage for a vehicle in its class is improved by the available ten-speed automatic transmission and Idle Stop technology. The Odyssey makes the remarkable Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™ available on select models, which allows for inventive seat configurations engineered to enable transport of tall packages and gear (ever have to transport a surfboard? Gift-wrap a surf board?) and/or possibly separate unruly siblings. Keep the family calm, happy, and connected this holiday season in the Honda Odyssey, an absolute must in our Top 5 For Holiday Drives list.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey MSRP starts at $29,990*. Inquire within at your local AutoNation Honda dealer.
Want to ride in style this holiday season? Consider the Toyota Avalon. For a non-luxury car, the Avalon is pretty special. Throughout the cavernous cabin, hints of Lexus abound and the ride is firm and smooth, with roomy leather seats for five adults to keep their personal space intact. It’s also packing a V-6, which will get you where you need to go with gusto. From the shopping malls of the city to the cousins’ cabin in the country, you can count on this dependable Toyota sedan with its sleek new look to get you to where you need to go in class and comfort.
We hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season in 2018 and heed our top 5 holiday drives list. That’s a wrap!
The 2018 Toyota Avalon MSRP starts at $33,500*. Inquire within at your local AutoNation Toyota dealer.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.