As the seasons change, many people find themselves looking forward to the footloose, fancyfree wandering that accompanies summer months. Your cabin fever could be cured on a jet-setting adventure, but it is more likely that your American summer travel includes hitting the road.
While road-tripping is a nearly universal pastime, your vehicle of choice can be far more tailored to your taste. Do you crave off-roading adventures? Fuel-efficiency? Or simply the ability to haul all of your friends and family in one vehicle? Included here are a few Ford models to consider before you head to the dealer.
For those who desire long hours on the road without racking up large gas bills, fuel efficiency is important. Fortunately, Ford has followed up its previous fuel efficient models, the Fusion and Fiesta, with an even more economical C-Max.
The Ford C-Max couples comfortable seating for 5 with fuel efficiency that will make even a Prius look twice. C-Maxes average 42 miles per gallon while cruising around town and an exemplary 37 miles per gallon highway. This makes the Ford C-Max your best option for fuel efficient road-tripping around town and to distant places.
For those whose summer’s adventures include camping, mudding, off-roading and all around good times, a truck may be exactly the vehicle suited to your needs. Trucks couple hauling capabilities (boats, trailers, and campers), with comfort, strength and versatility. While a C-Max may save you a few dollars getting to the campground, you may have to leave it at the bottom of the mountain.
The ideal vehicle for off-roading adventures lies with the Ford Raptor. With true ingenuity, the Raptor pairs military-grade aluminum alloy with a “terrain management system” allowing for a lightweight and controlled off-roading vehicle. Exclusive BF Goodrich tires are specially designed for the Raptor to maximize your experience on all terrain.
Fuel efficiency may be negated if you have to take more than one vehicle to haul all of your friends. Besides, one of the biggest benefits of road-tripping are the situations that happen while on the road. The trick to making your road trip experience the best it can be is in having a vehicle large enough for all of your friends; look no further than the Ford Flex.
With a modernistic approach to styling, the Ford Flex meshes characteristics from SUVS, suburbans, wagons and vans to create a unique vehicle. The Flex comes in at under $30,000, making it an affordable choice, and includes seating for 7 people. Gas mileage weighs in at a modest 23 mpg on the highway, but can easily be justified with the benefit of only taking one vehicle.