Best Cars to Lease for Road Trips
With the world slowly returning to normal, old wishes and needs are slowly trickling back into our day-to-day lives as well.
Maybe it is still too early to plan a majestic summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lease a car and head on to a road trip.
Here is a list of the best cars to lease for road trips depending on your plans and needs.
Why you should lease a car when going on a trip
When the urge to treat yourself hits you, there are not many things as financially responsible that you can do as leasing a car.
Sure, if you lease a car, you do not own it, but a lease comes with its own set of unique perks and advantages.
If you care about having your vehicle in perfect shape, you will be happy to know that many car dealerships offer free - or very cheap - checkups. Besides that, the leaser offers repairs and insurance for anything that doesn’t fall under “excess wear and tear.”
This means that your car maintenance expenses will be lower and your overall safety on the road much higher, as long as you keep your leased vehicle in good shape.
On top of it all, just like Henry Ford said, no car is better than a new car. With a lease, you will always be able to drive the best and latest car model that offers the best and the latest in technology and safety features.
Leases require little or no down payment, and there are no upfront sales tax charges. Monthly payments for a lease are usually lower than when buying a new car.
Some places even offer an option to lease a car for just one month so look into that option if you want to lease a vehicle exclusively for your road trip
One final word of advice, though: do not modify your leased car by adding a roof rack or trailer hitches to it before checking with the lease company first. Some places see it as adding value to the vehicle, while others condone this practice. So, make sure it is OK to make any changes or modifications to the car’s exterior before doing anything.
With all of that out of the way, let’s take a look at some great cars to lease for a road trip!
For the young and adventurous - Maserati GranCabrio
If the idea of cruising along the coastline with wind in your hair and three of your best friends by your side sounds like an ideal road trip to you, choose Maserati GranCabrio.
With looks that make it seem as if a secret agent should be behind the steering wheel, this car is a thing of beauty.
This car has the same engine as its famous cousin - GranTurismo, with one significant advantage. Namely, you can put the roof down. That means the GranCabrio is a bit more well-equipped to deal with bad weather (the roof is not made of metal; it is canvas) and all of that with less noise from that powerful V8 engine.
Just like any other modern vehicle, the GranCabrio comes with a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system and all the safety and entertainment features that you would expect from a reputable car maker such as Maserati.
The only potential downside to this breathtaking vehicle is the relatively small size of its trunk. Because of that, this car is recommended for a younger crowd that wants to travel lightly. On the plus side, you will travel in style so pick this car if it suits your style.
Safety and reliability - Toyota Camry
If safety and reliability are your top priority when picking a car for a road trip, you can’t go wrong with Toyota Camry.
It is an ideal vehicle for a family road trip. It has many safety features, including its pre-collision system and pedestrian detection, to help you steer clear of any obstacles that might lead to an accident.
This vehicle offers high fuel economy from a four-cylinder engine with plenty of cabin and cargo space.
Good seats, steering, and visibility make it easy to drive.
This car is built to be safe, so you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that it is not made for too high a speed. However, when you are out on the highway, high levels of wind and road noise might spoil your enjoyment as the inside of the car is not entirely soundproof.
Comfort and space - Skoda Superb Estate
If you want a spacious vehicle that offers the best of both worlds, choose Skoda Superb Estate.
This Skoda is ideal for longer trips as it is both comfortable and easy to drive. Not only is it large enough for the people enjoying the trip - but it also has a huge boot to suit all of your packing needs.
It also comes with an 8-inch infotainment system (that you can upgrade to a 9-inch version) with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and built-in sat-nav, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
While not exactly a champion of speed, this car is made for long-distance journeys filled with comfort, so pick it if those things matter to you the most.
For the SUV admirers - Volvo XC90
In case you prefer the size and features that come with driving an SUV, pick Volvo XC90.
This flagship car from Volvo is quiet, spacious, and fuel-efficient. Some models even come with seats that massage you while you drive.
Along with a tablet-like infotainment touchscreen, the latest XC90 offers a semi-autonomous drive mode. In addition, every 2021 model has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, while a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is optional.
The third row of seats might not be spacious enough for adults, but it is large enough for kids. Pair that with the high scores this car has on many safety tests, and you got yourself a reliable and comfortable vehicle that is ideal for extended family road trips.