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SUVs top list of best road trip vehicles
Forget about high gas prices, SUVs capture the top two spots for best road trip vehicles.
May 28, 2004: 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - High gas prices won't deter an estimated 30.9 million travelers embarking on summer road trips, according to AAA. And it hasn't stopped Americans from favoring SUVs as their road trip ride of choice.

Nearly 6,000 new car buyers chose which vehicle they would most like to drive on a summer road trip from among a list of 10 new models chosen by the editors of Kelley Blue Book as "Great Road Trip Cars."

The most popular choices among those surveyed were large sport utility vehicles.

SUVs garnered the top two spots on the list -- and a large chunk of the vote -- with the Chevrolet Tahoe capturing 21.5 percent and the Lincoln Navigator close behind with in 21.4 percent.

"When most people are traveling, they are thinking about trips with their families and the larger SUVs have the most room for people and their belongings," said Charlie Vogelheim, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book.

Luxury sedans grabbed the next two spots. The Lexus LS430 won 16.7 percent of the vote while the Mercedes E-Class earned 8.2 percent.

The Dodge Magnum, DaimlerChrysler's muscular-looking station wagon with an available 340 horsepower Hemi V8 engine, rounded out the top five.

Top picks
High gas prices don't matter as SUVs top the list with nearly 50% of the vote.
Rank Choice Percent 
2004 Chevy Tahoe 21.5% 
2004 Lincoln Navigator 21.4% 
2004 Lexus LS430 16.7% 
2004 Mercedes E-Class 10.8% 
2004 Dodge Magnum 8.2% 
2004 Toyota Sienna 5.7% 
2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon 5.2% 
2004 Hyundai XG350L 4% 
2004 Subaru Outback 3.7% 
10 2004 Mazda 3 5-door 2.8% 
 Source: Kelley Blue Book

Fuel-efficiency may have been on the minds of those who voted for the diesel-powered VW Jetta TDI Wagon, but it ranked down at number seven on the list. The Jetta TDI gets an average of 43 miles per gallon in highway driving.

To be included in Kelly Blue Books list of "10 Great Road Trip Cars," a vehicle must be currently available at local dealerships, priced under $75,000 and have the ability to carry a minimum of four passengers. The survey was conducted online at and has a margin of error of less than 1 percent.  Top of page

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