TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel
A few rides to help you get to Grandma’s house trouble-freeby Jonathan Lopez, on
Welp, it’s that time of year again. Late December triggers the mass migration season for the majority of humans residing in North America, and that means the roadways will be clogged in every direction with stressed families clinging to the final shreds of their holiday cheer. But fret not, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Indeed, this travel season could actually be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the right ride to ferry you to and fro, that is. As such, we’ve put together the following list of vehicles we think are perfectly suited to tackle the long holiday travel.
To make the most of it, we threw in a variety of picks for whatever your preferences might be. Granted, most of these are a bit on the pricey side, but hey, if you want the best, you’re gonna have to pay for it. Of course, the bank account can take a beating this time of year, so if you’re a bit strapped for cash, then no worries – we’re kicking it off with something relatively accessible.
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel
The Efficient Option – Toyota Prius Prime
Yeah, yeah, we know – there’s more than a few of you out there that are balking at the addition of anything Prius to any list, ever. Unless, of course, that list catalogs the worst automotive styling ever, amirite? Haw haw.
But here’s the deal – the Toyota Prius Prime is actually pretty damn good at what it was designed to do; that is, getting you from A to B comfortably and efficiently, and that’s exactly why we added it here. Powered by a 1.8-liter hybrid four-cylinder, the Prime won’t be snapping any necks with its acceleration, but it will return a mighty 54 combined mpg, which means you’ll be ticking off the miles with the best of ‘em. What’s more, the interior spec is quite nice, complete with tons of tech, a splash of luxury, and an undeniably cool sci-fi vibe. Hell, thanks to its independent rear suspension, it isn’t a total turd in the corners, either.
Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime.
The Nearly Self-Driving Option – Tesla Model X
While still billed as a system that’s in development and not suitable for taking away complete on-road responsibility, Tesla’s Autopilot feature is still one of the most advanced autonomous technologies on the road, if not the most advanced. Indeed, if you simply can’t wait to participate in our inevitable autonomous future and wanna get in on the ground floor of robot chaufferism, then the Tesla Model X is a great option.
In addition to assisting with the tedious driving bits, the Model X also has the space to bring the whole family, with three bench seats and spots for seven passengers total. Leather upholstery keeps it comfy, while a full spread of infotainment features keeps the boredom at bay. Go for the biggest battery option, and you’ll get upwards of 289 miles of range-per-charge as well – definitely enough to over the river and through the woods, as it were.
Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model X.
The Comfortable Option – Mercedes-Benz S-Class
If you’ve got the right car, it won’t matter how long the trip might be, because you’ll be at ease regardless. Enter the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a solid slab of four-door German engineering that perfectly exemplifies the idea of moving about in luxury and style. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in one of these things, you’ll have just about every comfort of home at your disposal, assuming you live in a penthouse suite, that is. Sumptuous leather upholstery is everywhere, with brushed metal and high-quality wood trim to match. Individual infotainment screens take up residence in the seat backs, while the Rear Executive Lounge Seating provides more room than some apartments I’ve lived in. And with up to 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque on tap, the S-Class has the right stuff to get you there early, if desired.
For best results, please add one (1) hired driver.
Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The Fast Option – Bugatti Chiron
If you’re looking to significantly cut down on that travel time, there’s always the option to just go faster, and few four-wheeled vehicles embody that philosophy quite like the Bugatti Chiron. In terms of specs, this multi-million dollar eater-of-worlds has some of the craziest. In the middle of the machine, Bug planted an 8.0-liter W-16 gasoline engine, which gets boosted by a whopping four turbochargers. Peak output comes to an incredible 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel the Chiron to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Top speed is rated at over 260 mph. Yep, making it there on time for dinner shouldn’t be an issue with the Chiron.
So it’s quick, that much is obvious. What’s more, the Chiron offers loads of AWD grip in case the roads get a little slippery. And then there’s the interior, which is just… well, look at it!
Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.
The Wet Option – The Car Submarine
Wanna beat the traffic? Simple – just go around it, or under it, as the case may be. Okay, so maaaybe we’re cheating a little bit with this one, but come on – you know you want it.
One word of caution, though – don’t rely on your standard GPS when it comes to piloting a personal submersible. We’d recommend sonar instead, plus maybe some charts and whatnot. You know, submarine stuff.