Best Cars for a Spring Break Getaway
And the destinations best-suited for them.
It's that time of year again: spring break, baby! While Hollywood's B-movie filmmakers would have you believe that the spring-break ritual is celebrated only by hormone-crazed, booze-swilling college students looking to let off some steam, they couldn't be more wrong. It's also for families looking to escape from their humdrum routine. Fact is, spring break is adored and hotly awaited by nearly everyone — old, young, male, female. But where do you go and how do you get there? To help, we've compiled a list of our 10 favorite spring-break getaways and the vehicles best-suited to get you there. (Note: In places where alcohol is consumed, all vehicles should be parked and their keys left at home while you revel. Drinking and driving is just plain stupid.)
Virginia Beach, Va. | Mazda CX-5
While it may not be the tropics, Virginia Beach and its surroundings have a lot to offer a vacationing family. A four-hour drive south of the nation's capital, this area is loaded with tourist destinations, boasting anything from historical landmarks to full-featured theme parks. For this trip, the versatility and practicality of Mazda's new baby SUV, the CX-5, is hard to beat. With Mazda's new SkyActiv technology producing 35 mpg highway out of the CX-5's 2.0-liter 155-horsepower engine, it's a perfect long-distance option. Plus, given that many of the roads in southern Virginia still wind through rural areas, the brilliantly sorted road feel of the CX-5 will be a bonus.
Savannah, Ga. | Ford Mustang GT
A few American cities have become synonymous with youthful indulgence and celebrated debauchery. In the case of Savannah, that's only true for one night of the year: St. Patrick's Day. For this one occasion, this charming Southern city's downtown turns into a large-scale parade and party, complete with endless bar-hopping down storied River Street. Because of this emphasis on rowdy fun, we can't think of a more complementary ride than Ford's latest Mustang GT. Its raucous 5.0-liter V8 engine is positively explosive, producing a whopping 412-horsepower party of its own every time the gas pedal is punched.
Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Volkswagen Passat TDI
One of the most popular vacation destinations for winter-battered families of the East Coast is Myrtle Beach, S.C., which is more or less the closest spot where southbound travelers can find some genuine warmth and sun. Since many vacationers drive down from quite a distance, we'd advise a modern family hauler that boasts both excellent fuel economy and some modicum of driving entertainment. VW's latest diesel-powered Passat TDI fits that bill. Along with a notable 236 lb-ft of torque and an impressive features list, the TDI's stellar 43 mpg highway rating puts this do-everything family car over the top, with an astounding range of 795 miles out of a single tank of fuel.
New Orleans | Subaru Impreza WRX
New Orleans' legendary Mardi Gras festival transforms this quaint city in the Deep South into a nearly no-holds-barred party of epic proportions, including wild binge drinking right out in the open and more corresponding arrests than you can catch on 10 consecutive seasons of "Too Hot for TV." To enjoy the Big Easy, you'll need a rugged ride that can take a beating, as well as one that can handle the monsoonlike rains that often bombard the city. It should also be quick and fun. We recommend Subaru's beloved rally-bred WRX variant of the grocery-getting Impreza line — a turbocharged 265-horsepower all-wheel-drive bulldog famous for its ability to handle just about anything, even New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
Sedona, Ariz. | Audi A4 Avant
It's hard to find a better family vacation spot in the Southwest than the Grand Canyon, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. However, another spot not too far away is also worth a visit. Located smack dab in the heart of Arizona, Sedona offers a serene, red-rock landscape and mind-calming tranquility that's hard to beat. For a family looking for a bit of peace, quiet and reflection, we recommend hopping into Audi's near-perfect familymobile, the A4 Avant. This all-wheel-drive gem features the beloved TFSI 2.0-liter 211-horsepower engine and more than enough safety and convenience features to carry a family in comfort and fun on any road trip.
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Kind of a worthless article. Most of the places are not spring break destinations, and most of the cars are not for rent by any mainstream rental companies. If you can find a Raptor at a rental counter in Tijuana, I'll buy you dinner. And who would be stupid enough to drive off-road through rural Mexican drug country all the way to Cancun?
You can do better James.
the only "sports" type car was a Boss Mustang. Where is the Z06 Corvette or the Camaro. What can you expect from a liberal news organization like MSN.