With the current pandemic still in full swing, travel budgets have been tightened for many. It may come down a choice: Do I get a new car, or do I plan to get away for a social distancing beach excursion? How about you do both. Right now, a payment on a car loan can replace some of those extra expenses associated with vacations. You just have to decide what type of travel you prefer. Here’s a look at cars that can save you money on your vacation budget.
Doubling as a Sleeper
It’s not unheard of to forego the hotel room and opt to sleep in a well-lit parking lot or truck stop with showers. However, you’re going to need room so you don’t wake up with a neck crick or stiff back. Check out these two vehicles with lots of room for you to stretch out.
- The Ford Flex: Fold down the 2nd and 3rd row seats, spread out a sleeping bag and you have a bed in the rear of your car. At 16 feet long, the Ford Flex was built to be roomy. Choose the package with the DVD entertainment system, and once you tuck in for the night you won’t need to move again until morning.
- The Toyota Sienna: It may be a mini-van, but it’s also the most attractive mini-van on the market. Both rows of seats fold down to give you ample room to stretch. Five USB ports are located among the three rows of seats, so bring your own entertainment while you also catch up on your favorite social media sites while falling asleep with the full view of stars if you choose the dual moonroof option.
Great Gas Mileage
Another avenue to save on travel is to choose a car that gets great highway mileage. The logical answer is going to be an electric car, but you’ll lose valuable time at charging stations. The other option is a hybrid. Here are two that fit the bill as they also offer lots of comfortable leg room. When traveling, comfort is important.
- Toyota Camry Hybrid: You’ll go far in comfort and miles in this stylish sedan. Offering 3 and a half feet of front row leg room, this hybrid gets 53 mpg on the highway. An added bonus for your traveling piece of mind: Toyota provides complimentary roadside assistance for the first two years you own your car.
- Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid: With an unbelievable potential of 59 mpg on the highway, the IONIQ is also an affordable option with a starting MSRP of $23,200. With as much leg room as the Camry for the driver and front passenger, you’ll lose a couple of inches for the passengers in the back.
When It’s Only You
Sometimes the best road trips are the ones that focus solely on you. If your idea of a fun vacation is exploring the highways on your own, then consider a roadster. Here are 2 options that offer comfort, decent mileage and are built for maneuverability.
- Mazda Miata: This little two-seater will provide style, speed and gas savings. The Miata averages 34 mpg on the highway, but expect that number to be lower if you have heavy feet. The Miata’s odometer tops out at 135 mph. Opting for manual gears over automatic will make for a fun road experience.
- Fiat Spider: Another small but sleek roadster worth your attention, the Spider gets up to 36 highway mpg. Manual transmission is standard, and unlike the Miata, there is no option for a hard top.
You have options for getting that social-distancing road trip in this summer. The decision will be tough, but the fun will be guaranteed.