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Top 5 Vehicles for a Summer Road Trip in Ohio

Donate your car and upgrade your family vehicle to one of these new beauties.

School is out and families are gearing up for summer vacation. Whether you're packing up the car to head down to grandma's house in Southern Ohio or preparing for a cross country trip to Wally World, you and your family need a trusty vehicle to get you there safely and affordably.

We've tracked down some of the best all-around 2016 vehicles that should keep your family safe and get you there in style.

See something you like? Donate your car today to make room for one of these exemplary road trip vehicles.

Best Summer Road Trip Vehicles for Ohio

2016 Toyota Prius V

MSRP: $26,675 - $30,395

  • Fuel Economy City: 44 mpg
  • Fuel Economy HW: 40 mpg
  • Trunk Space: 34 cubic feet (with back seats up)
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety Rating: 4/5 NHTSA
  • Description: Combining a hybrid-class fuel economy with the usefulness of a station wagon, the Prius V might be the ultimate utility vehicle. Needless to say, it is by far the best in fuel economy on our list.
  • Why it'd be a great Ohio road trip vehicle: since it just sips gas, you can go a lot farther on your one-tank-trip.

2016 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen


MSRP: $21,625 - $29,385

  • Fuel Economy City: 25 mpg
  • Fuel Economy HW: 35 - 36 mpg
  • Trunk Space: 30.4 cubic feet (with back seats up)
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety Rating: 5/5 NHTSA
  • Description: If you like the trunk space of a compact SUV, but dislike the bulk or the sub-par average fuel economy, the 2016 VW Golf Sportwagen may be perfect. Enthusiasts will love the available manual transmission and sporty handling.
  • Why it'd be a great Ohio road trip vehicle: sporty handling plus available manual transmission equals squeals of delight while driving through Ohio's twisty country roads.

2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek

MSRP: $21,595 - $25,095

  • Fuel Economy City: 23 - 26 mpg
  • Fuel Economy HW: 31 - 34 mpg
  • Trunk Space: 22.3 cubic feet (with back seats up)
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety Rating: 5/5 NHTSA
  • Description: This efficient little crossover SUV offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance, just as much as the Subaru Outback, and even more than some "real" off-road vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • Why it'd be a great Ohio road trip vehicle: with so many waterways to enjoy-- from Lake Erie, to the Mohican River-- this crossover will get you (and your kayak) there in style.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP: $29,995 - $65,695

  • Fuel Economy City: 13 - 22 mpg
  • Fuel Economy HW: 19 - 30 pmg
  • Trunk Space: 36.3 cubic feet (with back seats up)
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety Rating: 4/5 NHTSA
  • Description: Due to its off-road capabilities, the Grand Cherokee's expertise doesn't end in the concrete jungle. A cozy cabin with touchscreen infotainment with optional wi-fi make the Grand Cherokee a pleasant place to be whether blazing trails or running errands.
  • Why it'd be a great Ohio road trip vehicle: It's a Jeep. With wifi. And a huge trunk. Do we really need to say more?

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP: $22,600 - $31,690

  • Fuel Economy City: 16 - 22 mpg
  • Fuel Economy HW: 23 - 32 mpg
  • Trunk Space: 31.5 cubic feet (with back seats up)
  • Seats: 5
  • Safety Rating: 4/5 NHTSA
  • Description: A firm bet if you want a good sized crossover SUV with a roomy backseat; which slides/reclines for added comfort. An interior that stays quiet and provides a smooth ride on rough roads.
  • Why it'd be a great Ohio road trip vehicle: for some people, only a Chevy will do. And the Equinox definitely does: roomy, respectable fuel economy, and that shiny Chevrolet bowtie emblem on the grille.

Donate your car to help fund worthwhile programs in your community as you and your family head out in style on the open road

Planning on upgrading to a true road-trip worthy vehicle? Donating your vehicle is a simple and effective way to get rid of your car and do some good in your community.

We accept cars, trucks, boats, airplanes – anything with a motor, really.

Here's how to donate your car:

  • Online: Just fill out our online form, and we'll contact you to schedule a convenient pickup time and we'll come tow it for FREE.
  • By phone: Call us at 800-862-6030 to start the donation process.
  • In person: If you happen to be passing through the Columbus area, you can just drop off your car with a clean title at 5640 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43228.