There are SUVs, wagons, sedans, and even a supercar in this list

We’re literally a few days away from Christmas. It’s hard to imagine what most of you are doing, though I suspect that you’re either scrambling to buy Christmas gifts or you’re preparing for the Christmas family vacation. I understand the pressure that comes with either of the two scenarios, though I will confess that I fall into the latter category. I’m preparing the Christmas family vacation, too, and, as you might expect, I’m gearing up the family SUV to prepare for the long road ahead for the family reunion. With that in mind, I picked out the best vehicles for the Christmas family vacation with the hope that if you have any of these rides, you can take the road this holiday season with confidence.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

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Minivans are slowly going by the way of the dodo, but there are still a few established vets that are holding the fort for the segment. The Chrysler Pacifica is arguably one of the best minivans in the market today. Give it a hybrid twist and it becomes the only hybrid minivan in the segment. Sweet, right? This setup provides many advantages, a lot of which you can take advantage of if you’re going out with the family this coming holiday season.

The interior is spacious and there’s enough cargo room — 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row — to fit your belongings and Christmas presents.

If you’re planning to ride out with the kids, the Pacifica Hybrid offers a wealth of standard and optional entertainment features. Crucially, the hybrid minivan comes with two rear-seat entertainment options: a single back-row DVD screen, or a whole theater package that includes a pair of 10-inch seatback touchscreens, a 115-volt power outlet, three additional USB ports, a Blu-ray and DVD Player, HDMI inputs, and wireless headphones. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about making frequent stops to the gas station with this minivan. It returns 84MPGe when running on pure electricity, which you can do for 33 miles. Even if you’re using the van’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine, it returns a healthy 32 mpg combined rating.

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid specifications

Powertrain: 3.6-liter V-6 engine and two electric motors
Output: 260 horsepower
EPA electric range: 33 miles
Fuel economy: 32 mpg combined
Cargo space: 32.3 cubic feet behind the third row
Standard seating: 7 people

Read our full review on the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Audi A5 Sportback

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Did you expect the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class? While both models retain their impressive credentials, the Audi A5 is the go-to luxury sedan when you’re going out on a family vacation over the holidays. The A5 Sportback, in particular, is a great model to have on these trips. The interior seats five people, which is one more than what’s available in the coupe and convertible versions of the model. It’s also a comfortable place to be in, especially in long drives. The A5 Sportback also has outstanding cargo space to the tune of 21.8 cubic feet.

Fold the rear seats and the additional space opens up to 35 cubic feet, more than enough for all your holiday road trip needs.

The A5 is far from a snoozer, too. Hit the gas pedal and the sedan reacts quickly, utilizing the 248 horsepower that’s available from its turbo-four engine. Fuel mileage goes up to 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Those figures are more than adequate for a sedan of its size.

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2018 Audi A5 Sportback specifications

Powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
Output: 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH Time: 7.0 seconds
Fuel economy: 24 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway
Cargo space: 21.8 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 35 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback

Lincoln Navigator

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Do you want a big boy SUV for your Christmas family vacation? The Lincoln Navigator is what Santa Claus ordered. The Navigator is regarded as one of the best full-sized SUVs in the market, and for good reason. It boasts a cavernous cabin, comfortable ride, lengthy list of standard features, and outstanding towing capacity. The latter is mighty useful if you end up spending your holiday family vacation on the beach.

Space isn’t an issue when it comes to the Navigator’s interior. There’s plenty of room in all three rows of the cabin.

Even better, that same cabin features plush leather upholstery and wood accents throughout, ensuring that you’ll be wrapped in a cocoon of luxury wherever you go. On the performance front, the Navigator is more than capable of getting you where you need to go, thanks to a 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that boasts more power than many of its V8-powered rivals. And if you’re bringing a jetski or a boat with you on your family vacation? The Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds. That’s more weight than most of its competitors.

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2018 Lincoln Continental specifications

Powertrain: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
Output: 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway
Cargo area: 20.9 cubic feet
Maximum cargo area: 103.4 cubic feet
Standard seating: 7 people
Towing Capacity: 8,700 pounds

Read our full review on the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

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You’re probably wondering what a Ferrari is doing on this list, right? Well, hear me out for a second. Not only is the Ferrari GTC4Lusso considered as the “practical” Ferrari, but its very nature as a grand tourer also makes it the Ferrari-for-the-job when it comes to holiday trips with the family. It can seat up to four people, which is two more than most Ferraris in the market today.

The GTC4Lusso also has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space, though that volume can increase to a maximum of 28.2 cubic feet of cargo room.

That’s more than three times the cargo space — only 8.1 cubic feet — that’s available on the Ferrari 488 GTB. You won’t have to worry about power and performance with the GTC4Lusso, too. It features a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produces 680 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque. While I don’t advise you to maximize the GTC4Lusso’s full performance potential if your kids are on board — it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 209 mph — I wouldn’t be opposed to you flexing the supercar’s muscle every so often, at least if certain situations require it. Just be careful of the roads in front of you and be mindful of other motorists traveling with you.

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2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso specifications

Powertrain: 6.3-liter V-12 engine
Output: 680 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH Time: 3.4 seconds
Top Speed: 209 mph
Cargo space: 15.8 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 28.2 cubic feet
Standard seating: 4 people
Fuel economy: 15 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway

Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Audi Allroad

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Luxury wagons may not get the same shine as their sedan or SUV counterparts, but when it comes to the holiday season, the luxury wagon’s combination of smooth ride, spacious interior, and potent performance capabilities. Two wagons actually made this list, including the Audi Allroad. It’s not a cheap vehicle, sure, but it checks off a lot of requirements that you have if you’re taking your family out for a vacation in the coming days.

The Allroad can seat up to five people. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats have enough headroom and legroom, even for taller passengers.

That’s a huge bonus if you have teenagers riding at the back. Audi doesn’t skimp on the Allroad’s ability to perform, either. Sitting underneath that gorgeous body is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to let the Allroad move around easily, no matter if you’re driving it around town or on the highway. If you’re traveling long distances for the holidays, the Allroad also has ample amounts of cargo space available. In standard form, the high-riding wagon boasts 24.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold the rear seats and space opens up to a cavernous 58.5 cubic feet of space. All-wheel-drive comes standard on the Allroad, and while that compromises the model’s fuel efficiency ratings — only 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — it should prove very useful in the event you find yourself in a bit of a pickle in the outdoors.

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2017 Audi A4 Allroad specifications

Powertrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Output: 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway
Standard cargo space: 24.3 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 58.5 cubic feet
Drive Type: All-wheel-drive

Read our full review on the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad

Subaru Outback

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If you’re not too worried about power and performance, and you’re more focused on having enough space to carry your bags and your holiday presents, the Subaru Outback is the right wagon for you. The Outback doesn’t have a potent powertrain. In fact, it’s the crossover’s biggest weakness. But where it lacks in power, Subie’s crossover has a roomy interior, a well-equipped infotainment system, and class-leading cargo space. With all the seats up, the Outback boasts 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

That volume increases to 73.3 cubic feet once you fold the back seats. It’s not just about the cargo area itself where the Outback shines.

That section of the wagon also has a lower load floor, making it easier for you stow your items inside without having to worry about getting hurt. Other than cargo space, the Outback’s reputation as a refined ride will serve you well if you’re traveling long distances. All-wheel-drive voice standard on the model, and if you want to throw in standard X-Mode, you give your wagon improved grip to go along with light-duty off-road abilities. The latter might not be that useful in an urban setting, but you don’t dismiss the extra grip provided by the standard X-Mode. You might need it, especially if you’re in an area where snow can fall at a moment’s notice.

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2018 Subaru Outback specifications

Powertrain: 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder
Output: 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway
Standard seating: 5 people
Cargo space: 35.5 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 73.3 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Outback

Volvo V60

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The Volvo V60 Cross Country carries the name “Cross Country” for a reason. In a lineup that includes some of the best wagons and SUVs in the market, the V60 Cross Country is arguably the most versatile model of the lot, making it an asset during holiday vacations with the family. The V60 Cross Country’s ability to go anywhere should give you the confidence and assurance that it can take your family wherever you need to go.

It’s got a decent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Combine that with notable standard equipment like dynamic stability traction control (DSTC) with advanced stability control and corner traction control with torque vectoring and you have a wagon that can hold its own even if the weather gets a little choppy. Volvo didn’t skimp on the V60 Cross Country’s safety features, too. Available safety features include park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, collision warning with full auto brake, driver alert, active high beam, and road sign information. The wagon also comes with ample cargo room, boasting 28 cubic feet in storage capacity and 43.8 cubic feet in maximum storage capacity. Do-it-all wagons don’t come more complete than the Volvo V60 Cross Country. The fact that it’s sexy to look at only adds to its appeal.

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2019 Volvo V60 specifications

Powertrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Output: 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway
Cargo space: 28 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 43.8 cubic feet
Seating: 5 people

Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60

Ford Expedition

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If you own a Ford Expedition, you’re probably set for your holiday vacation with the family. As one of the best full-sized SUVs in the market, the Expedition can do it all. Do you want a potent engine lineup? The Expedition has a variety of them to choose from, none more powerful than a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Do you want a comfortable interior? The Expedition has that, too.

There’s ample head- and legroom inside for most adults to sit comfortably in each of the three rows.

The SUV’s big doors are heavy, sure, but the door openings are big, too, making entering and exiting the Expedition a breeze. If you have a big family, you don’t need to worry about cargo space, as well. There are 20.9 cubic feet of space inside the Expedition when all three rows are fully upright. That space expands to as much as 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and a whopping 104.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows down. Go ahead and pack a tent inside the Expedition. It’ll probably fit. Speaking of big families, long-distance commutes can make the little ones angsty. Good thing, then, that the Expedition’s lineup of optional equipment includes the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, HD Radio, and two more smart-charging USB ports. Whatever needs you have for your holiday vacation with the family, there’s a good chance that the Expedition can address them without so much of a problem.

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2018 Ford Expedition specifications

Powertrain: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
Output: 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 17 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway
Cargo space: 20.9 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 104.6 cubic feet
Seating: 7 to 8 people

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition

Honda Odyssey

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Minivans make for great family vacation rides. The Chrysler Pacifica’s probably one of the best in its segment, but it has competition from the Honda Odyssey. This minivan is renowned for boasting a ton of family-friendly bells and whistles. It doesn’t hurt that it also delivers good performance numbers, at least relative to other minivans. The Odyssey can sit up to eight people, and no matter where you sit, you’re not going to be cramped for space. When it comes to cabin space, the Odyssey has one of the best numbers in its class. That extends to cargo space where the Odyssey has almost 39 cubic feet of storage area behind the rear seats.

Fold down all the seats and the Odyssey boasts an incredible 158 cubic feet of available space.

That’s one of the biggest numbers in the entire auto industry. If you have kids with you, they can spend all their time on the road fixated on the minivan’s wealth of entertainment features. Though not standard, the Odyssey can be equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, navigation, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an 11-speaker sound system, and a wireless phone charger. The Odyssey only has one engine option — a 3.5-liter V-6 engine — but it produces a healthy 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. For its purpose, the minivan can also tow as much as 3,000 pounds, all while returning 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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2018 Honda Odyssey specifications

Powertrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Output: 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 19 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway
Cargo space: 39 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 158 cubic feet
Seating: 7 to 8 people

Read our full review on the 2018 Honda Odyssey

Dodge Durango

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The Dodge Durango doesn’t hold the same SUV esteem as the Ford Expedition — who does, right? — but the last thing you want to do is sleep on the Durango. It’s a great-looking full-sized SUV that provides everything you need for a vehicle of its size. Power and performance aren’t issues. The Durango boasts a three-engine lineup that includes a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and the top-of-the-line 6.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Even with that kind of power, the Durango is responsive for an SUV it’s size.

The ride is composed and comfortable, two qualities that are important, especially if you’re traveling with children.

Interior space is also a strong suit for the Durango. In standard form, it can seat anywhere from five to seven people. Opt for captain’s seats in the second row and occupancy is limited to six adults. Either way, you’re not going to complain about space inside the cabin. Cargo space is adequate, too. With the seats all upright, the Durango boasts 17.2 cubic feet of space. Fold all the seats, and the space opens up to 85.1 cubic feet, which should be enough to accommodate your children’s Christmas presents.

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2018 Dodge Durango specifications

Powertrain: 3.6-liter V-6 engine
Output: 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway
Cargo space: 17.2 cubic feet
Maximum cargo space: 85.1 cubic feet
Seating: 5 to 8 people

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango

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