Take a Road Trip in Comfort and Style This Summer

By Product Expert | Posted in General Information, Kia Forte, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Kia Stinger, Kia Telluride on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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Best Cars for Road Trips 2019

Summer is almost here and, nationwide, that means one thing – road trips! With kids out of school, a lack of traction-reducing inclement weather for much of the nation and long days, summer is the season everybody waits for to get behind the wheel and put the miles behind you.

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As anybody who’s depended on a rental car agency for a road trip and wound up with a cramped, stiff and Spartan car knows, however, the experience of a road trip is 50% where you’re going and 50% how you’re getting there. In many cases, a pleasant drive can even compensate for a disappointing destination.

When trying to find a car to use for a road trip, there are some pretty major considerations you should bear in mind:

  1. How much space does the vehicle have? – Most five-seat vehicles are useful for carrying up to five passengers around town. Get behind the wheel for hours, however, and that small middle seat in the back can feel a lot like an afterthought.
  2. Will younger passengers be entertained? – We know that driving through national parks, like the ones we have in Florida, is entertainment in itself. The stretches between, however, can get pretty laborious for young minds, which need more consistent stimulation. A vehicle with entertainment possibilities is crucial.
  3. How comfortable will the driver be? – Whether you’re driving or navigating, a good front-seat experience is more than just self-care. Discomfort from a stiff front seat or lack of proper climate control can lead to fatigue, injury and even create unsafe situations for all occupants.
  4. Will I blow up my gas budget? – Fuel efficiency is more than just good stewardship for the planet. Having to stop every 200 miles increases travel time and decreases time at your destination. While we definitely get behind the “it’s about the journey…” philosophy, if that journey is through Iowa or Nebraska, you’ll want to make it quick.
  5. Can I bring everything along? Having enough space for passengers is one thing but having enough space for everybody’s stuff is another. Whether you’re headed north to hike the Smoky Mountains or going up to Myrtle Beach for a surfing weekend, you’ll want room for your adventure gear.

Best Vehicles for Road Tripping in 2019

Knowing how these considerations affect road trip fun, here are some solid recommendations we, at Friendly Kia, are uniquely qualified to make for your summer road trips. Here are our recommendations for the best cars for road tripping:

  • Small car: 2019 Kia Forte
  • Grand tourer: 2019 Kia Stinger
  • Small SUV: 2019 Kia Soul
  • Outdoorsy SUV: 2019 Kia Sorento
  • Family SUV: 2020 Kia Telluride

Small Car: 2019 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is worth mentioning for a few important reasons. First, it’s one of the only small cars on the market to include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality as a standard feature. Among other standard features you’ll find on the 2019 Kia Forte are dual-zone automatic climate control and Kia DRIVEWiSE active safety features, ensuring a comfortable, safe and entertaining ride for everybody.

Vital Stats

Fuel efficiency: Up to 41 highway MPG
Infotainment: Standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Trunk space: 15.3 cubic feet
Seating capacity/passenger space: 5/96 cubic feet
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2019 Kia Forte interior


Grand Tourer: 2019 Kia Stinger

Challenging the likes of Acura, Lexus and Audi, the Kia Stinger is a luxury sports sedan with plenty of practical value. The stunning fastback design makes it a cargo-friendly road-trip companion, while plenty of standard technology keeps everybody entertained. Oh, and did we mention that you can get it with a 365-horsepower twin-turbo engine? Because you can, and while that may not be the most fuel-efficient way to reach your destination, it’s definitely the most fun.

Vital Stats

Fuel efficiency: Up to 29 highway MPG (2.0T) or 25 highway MPG (twin turbo)
Infotainment: Standard 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Maximum cargo space: 40.9 cubic feet
Seating capacity/passenger space: 5/94 cubic feet
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2018 kia stinger interior from rear seat


Small SUV: 2019 Kia Soul

You know the Soul. You love the Soul. You’ve seen the Soul. It’s got the cargo space a vehicle one class up and plenty of tech to make the miles pass by like a breeze. “But wait,” you’re probably thinking reading that, “The 2020 Kia Soul is out. Why recommend the 2019 model?” It’s a great question. The 2019 Kia Soul is your last chance, until further notice by Kia, to enjoy a panoramic sunroof – a feature we love for hitting the open road. Additionally, with current discounts on the outgoing Kia Soul, you can own one for less than the all-new 2020 model.

Vital Stats

Fuel efficiency: Up to 31 highway MPG
Infotainment: Available 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Maximum cargo space: 61.3 cubic feet
Seating capacity/passenger space: 5/101 cubic feet
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2019 kia soul interior against blue-ish background


Outdoorsy SUV: 2019 Kia Sorento

For years, the Kia Sorento was the biggest Kia SUV you could get, and people didn’t seem to complain much about that. Styled with a sleek and sporty edge that sees the luxurious front sweep back along svelte contours, the Sorento is positively bigger on the outside than it is on the outside. With plenty of engine options to choose from, standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and enough room for 7 passengers, the Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV with a can-do attitude. It’s also gone and conquered some of the craziest off-road obstacles at rock-crawling paradise Moab.

Vital Stats

Fuel efficiency: Up to 29 highway MPG (2.4L) or 26 highway MPG (V6)
Infotainment: Standard 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Cargo space: 73 cubic feet
Seating capacity/passenger space: 7/154 cubic feet
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2019 kia sorento interior


Family SUV: 2020 Kia Telluride

In case you’re a stranger to the Friendly Kia Blog, we can’t seem to shut up about how the 2020 Kia Telluride is a luxury SUV with a mass-market price tag. It’s like if Christian Siriano accidentally shipped a dress to Target. It gives you so many standard features at every trim level and comfortable and accommodating seating for up to eight passengers. The 3.8L V6 onboard allows you to tow up to 5,000 lbs. meaning nothing has to stay home on your biggest trip.

Vital Stats

Fuel efficiency: Up to 26 highway MPG
Infotainment: Standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Cargo space: 87 cubic feet
Seating capacity/passenger space: 8/Unknown
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2020 Kia Telluride

interior of 2020 kia telluride

Enjoy Every Mile in a New Kia Vehicle!

Kia’s unique focus on value means you get so much more for less. Fortunately, none of this comes at the expense of reliability – a quality Kia has more than just mustered over the past few years. Modern Kia vehicles are everything – attractive, reliable, packed with features and sold for a great price. That price is even better when you shop at Friendly Kia.

For more information on any of the Kia vehicles you’ve read about here or to test-drive a road-trip-friendly new Kia car, van or SUV, contact us today!

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