Road-trip season is finally upon us, so we at Autohaus of Peoria have committed to hunting down some of the highest-rated vehicles for taking road trips.

For long excursions, you'll be wanting a healthy combination of generous cargo capacity, space and comfort for yourself and any passengers, heightened performance, advanced technology, and competitive gas mileage. You'll need a vehicle that is as comfortable as it is capable.

After researching endless internet reviews, we are very excited to share Autohaus of Peoria's Top 10 Highest-Rated Vehicles for Road Trips (in no particular order- as many are top-rated for different scenarios):


1. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250: This particular SUV crossover is ranked in the Top Five Luxury Subcompact SUVs by U.S. News & World Report, and for good reason. It has agile and sporty handling, an impressive infotainment system and driver assistance features including a 360-degree camera, and can seat 5. This is a fantastic option for those who will be most often transporting 2-4 total passengers, seeing as reviews from owners have stated that they wish there was a little more rear-seat and cargo space when seats are at capacity.

2. 2016-2018 Volkswagen Golf: For being a smaller hatchback, the Golf has plenty of punch and a surprising amount of leg room in the cabin. You shouldn't have any trouble fitting your luggage, and your drive will be easy-breezy with the TSI turbocharged engine, XDS Cross Differential System, and good gas mileage (about 33mpg on the highway). With a superior sound system, helpful technology and several driver assistance systems, owners are leaving reviews on the Volkswagen Golf like, "Drives like a Dream."

3. 2018 Audi Q7: This luxury three-row SUV is a lighter-weight and lower-sitting transporter that is perfect for families. It's quiet, supercharged, has effortless acceleration, and the interior exudes luxury. Reviews from owners say the new Q7 instills calm and tranquility for all passengers, rides very comfortably, handles responsively and inspires confidence. The technology is more advanced than typical, which isn't a surprise with Audi, so the only downside we have stumbled upon is that it takes some time to master all the controls. This is a great option for drivers who expect to have seats at full capacity often, as three adults can fit comfortably in the second-row seat while still enjoying plenty of leg and head room.

4. 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: This one truly hits the jackpot. Here we have something that performs like a luxury sports car, has an interior with room comparable to an SUV, is built with top-of-the-line speakers, and is a hybrid. And honestly, you'd have to see it to appreciate how excellent the technology and infotainment system is. Not to mention, it looks incredible. This is a car that would have you smiling well before ever reaching your destination.

5. 2018 Volkswagen Jetta: Fuel efficiency that's hard to beat (38mpg), stylish on both the exterior and interior, and a recent recipient of another five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA out of a possible five stars. This compact sedan has a long list of features for safety, convenience, comfort, and entertainment. Follow the link to learn even more.

6. 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E43: Car and Driver calls this one "The sweet spot between high performance and high class. Exceptionally sporty and exceedingly luxurious." One of the many incredible things about this vehicle is the specially tuned 396-hp twin-turbo V-6 and nine-speed automatic. There is also a vast amount of advanced technical assists such as multi-car communication and semi-autonomous driving. It has continuously scored into the "Ten Best Cars for 2018," and is a dream-come-true for anyone on a road trip (or anyone driving anywhere). And like any Mercedes-Benz, the interior is comfortable enough to want to live inside.

7. 2018 Porsche 911: This would be the perfect road-trip-vehicle option for solo or duo travelers who prioritize fun, but perhaps not the best option for those traveling with more family members. Although there are four seats for passengers, a long amount of time in the small back row would not be ideal. Still, the 911 is one of the most luxurious and quickest cars in Porsche's current lineup. It has 2-Zone Automatic Climate Control with separate temperature controls for you and your first-mate, park assist, proximity warning, impact protection systems, and a whole lot more.

8. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: A surprising amount of cargo space and cabin room, comfortable seating, superior performance, good safety ratings, eight high-quality speakers, a fuel economy of 27mpg, and a powerfully turbocharged engine are all just parts of what make the Tiguan the ultimate, practical-yet-fun road trip vehicle for anyone wanting to hit the open road.

Incase you haven't already gathered from all the embedded website links leading back to our inventory, we currently do have all of these listed vehicles at our own dealership, Autohaus of Peoria in Peoria, Illinois. This means you are able to come test drive these vehicles and have an experienced and specialized staff to assist you in making the best decision for you and your driving needs.

We sincerely hope that this list helps you out. Now, fill your tank, load up the snacks, and hit the open road! (And send us photos!)