Best Cars for Labor Day Road Trips

Highlander, SUV
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2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota’s non-hybrid 2016 Highlander is one of the most well-rounded family-friendly SUVs available, but for an end-of-summer road trip, the hybrid model is the best choice. It features the same three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, and it has great fuel economy for the class.

Granted, the midsize Highlander Hybrid’s fuel economy advantage over the base model plays out more in the city than on the highway (and is unlikely to earn back its price premium over the course of a three-day weekend), but a return of 27 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway is still worth considering. Critics say the Highlander Hybrid provides strong acceleration and a smooth driving experience, and standard all-wheel drive means the vehicle can wander off the pavement for easy access to a campsite or beach. This SUV is comfortable, even in its entry-level trim, and the Highlander Hybrid’s high reliability and safety scores mean that you’re more likely to have a problem-free trip.

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