The best cars for a summer drive

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM

With summer right around the corner, many drivers will be planning long road trips. However, the joy of a road trip can quickly be ruined by an owner who hasn't been keeping up with their scheduled maintenance. Before hitting the open road, be sure to get a car tune up and pay close attention to things like the air conditioning, brakes and tires.

Of course, maintenance is not the only key to a happy road trip. Cramming everyone into a compact car simply isn't going to cut it in the summertime. Fortunately, Kelley Blue Book recently highlighted the top road trip vehicles that can make a summer drive much more pleasant.

Ultimately, the very best car for a summer road trip is a convertible. While air conditioning systems are great, its hard to beat the feeling of driving with top down with sunny skies above. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a great option for those who want a convertible without paying luxury prices, according to the news source.

On the other hand, most drivers want a little horsepower in their convertible as well. That's why the 2013 Porsche Boxster topped KBB's list of road trip vehicles. Other models that made the grade included the Chevrolet Corvette, Audi A5, and BMW TT.

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