Cartelligent's Great American Road Trip

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With summer officially here, we asked the Cartelligent team of car buying experts three questions: if you could pick any road trip, where would you go, what would you drive there and why?

The results were predictably varied with each individual choosing the destination and vehicle that most appealed to their own preferences and lifestyle. Which of the following sounds most attractive to you?



Road Trip: Tiburon to Joshua Tree
Distance: 524 miles

Vehicle: Range Rover Supercharged

Why We Chose It: The Range Rover offers a 5.0 liter LR-V8 engine with a power output of 510 hp. Add in the luxurious grained leather interior and a state-of-the-art Meridian sound system and you won't want this road trip to end.


Road Trip: Los Altos to Disneyland
Distance: 380 miles

Vehicle: Toyota Sienna

Why We Chose It: The Toyota Sienna's flexible seating and generous cargo room make it the perfect choice for a family trip to the Magic Kingdom. With a Dual-View Entertainment Center, even the kids will love the drive!


Road Trip: Danville to San Simeon
Distance: 230 miles

Vehicle: Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Why We Chose It: The all-new F-Type is Jaguar's successor to the iconic E-type and it brings eye-popping curves and stunning details to the line. Add in a thrilling drive and this may very well be a new classic.


Road Trip: Newport Beach to Santa Fe, NM
Distance: 854 miles

Vehicle: Lexus GS450h

Why We Chose It: The GS hybrid rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and still gets 34 miles to the gallon. With its stunningly detailed interior and the latest in tech and gadgets, the GS makes driving through the summer desert seem like a cool idea. 


Road Trip: Palo Alto to Monterey
Distance: 87 miles

Vehicle: Aston Martin DB9

Why We Chose It: The DB9 synthesizes Aston Martin's iconic design with the most powerful engine in DB9 history. Plus it makes you feel like James Bond as you power down the road.


Road Trip: Walnut Creek to Yosemite
Distance: 174 miles

Vehicle: GMC Acadia

Why We Chose It: The GMC Acadia is large enough to hold the family in comfort and all of the requisite bikes and camping gear for the trip. It's engineered to take on rugged roads once at the destination as well as all along the way.


Road Trip: San Francisco to Palm Springs
Distance: 488 miles

Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet

Why We Chose It: The E350 combines an advanced Direct Injection V-6 with sport-tuned Dynamic Handling and a finely detailed interior. This convertible will turn every head in Palm Springs and make the drive to get there fly by.


Road Trip: Orinda to Mendocino
Distance: 164 miles

Vehicle: Porsche Cayman S

Why We Chose It: With a top track speed of 175- mph and an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, the Cayman S offers power and handling in a stunningly beautiful package. Leave the kids at home for this road trip.



Road Trip: Mill Valley to Lake Tahoe
Distance: 191 miles

Vehicle: Audi Q5

Why We Chose It: The Q5 is fast, smooth and gorgeous to look at. The Quattro AWD offers the handling required to navigate the curves along the way and the panoramic sunroof makes watching the fireworks possible from the comfort of your car.


Road Trip: Irvine to the Grand Canyon
Distance: 488 miles

Vehicle: BMW 650i Gran Coupe

Why We Chose It: The 650i Gran Coupe incorporates the classic beauty of a BMW with a TwinPower Turbo V8 engine, an 8-Speed Sport Automatic transmission and a Bang & Olufson Surround Sound System. The drive may very well be more inspirational than the destination itself.


Cartelligent can help you find the perfect car to complement your own road tripWhether or not the next car you want is on this list, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888.427.4270 or get started today.