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5 Cars That'll Make a Summer Road Trip Awesome

Time to ditch school and the office, but first you need the right set of wheels.

Like many of you, we spend a good chunk of our lives sitting at a desk in front of a computer. But we've got just the cure for these virtual lives too often consumed by social media: the summer road trip. Having the ability to hop in your car and just drive may be one of the best examples of ultimate freedom. Just grab a map (a paper one), plenty of beef jerky, a few good travel companions and hit the road. With this idea in mind, we picked five larger cars that will be ideal for such an adventure.

No, we’re not talking about the classic Buick Roadmaster from the 1940s and 50s. What you want on a road trip is the Buick Roadmaster station wagon, first launched in 1991. And if anyone was around at the time and remembers this thing on the road, it was massive. It would eat a classic Mini for breakfast (or at least fit one in the back). The Roadmaster wagon isn’t exactly fast, despite having a V8 under the hood, but it is a comfortable and an insanely roomy cruiser. You won’t even need to stop at hotels; just roll out some sleeping bags in the back and call it a night. And yes, the Roadmaster even has fake wood grain side and back panels. Can’t go wrong there.

Of course the classic Volkswagen Bus was going to make this list. It’s a road trip icon. It’s also a smart choice for many reasons. For starters, it’s timeless cool. That’s a fact. There’s also plenty of room to make any cross-country journey comfortable and all the more memorable. And it’s also reliable. Nothing like an old school VW air-cooled engine. If by chance your Bus does break down, mechanics the world over know how to make the necessary repairs and parts are abundant. Grab the brownies and hit the road.

Back in 2003, Mercury (remember it?) launched a high-performance version of its Grand Marquis, itself a badge-engineered Ford Crown Victoria. The Marauder was powered by a mighty 4.6-liter V8 with 302 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque. By today’s standards those numbers don’t sound like much, but the Marauder was one of the last old school American muscle sedans that didn’t give two shits about fuel economy. At first it only came in one color: black. Some drivers may even mistake you for a cop and get out of your way on the highway.

OK, so you want a wagon for this road trip but nothing the size of the Buick Roadmaster. Completely understandable. Sadly, however, there aren’t so many new wagons to choose from today, but Volvo has us covered. The V60 may only be the wagon variant of the awesome S60 sedan, but it’s also one of the coolest models in the entire Volvo lineup. We love the V60’s sleek silhouette, optional all-wheel-drive, and a choice of two turbocharged engines. There’s also plenty of room for four with all of your stuff packed away in the rear.

The A-Team Van. Hell, BA Baracus aka Mr. T drove it! If that isn't reason enough for you, well then, just because and get out.

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