FAMILY ROAD TRIP FANATIC – Diesel/Hybrid Crossover
If your idea of fun involves gathering a group of friends and traveling across the country, then there’s no better choice of car than a diesel powered utility vehicle. With plenty of torque, you might not mind the heavier curb weight.
The diesel powered Jeep Grand Cherokee is a big, comfortable and capable vehicle but for those looking for a more premium feel or more passenger space can move up to the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec or the Audi Q7 TDI crossovers.
Diesel isn’t the only option when it comes to saving gas with a bigger vehicle. Hybrid powertrains are making their way into larger vehicles too. Nissan is now featuring a hybrid powertrain in its Pathfinder crossover which earns 25 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Its main rival is the Toyota Highlander hybrid, which can achieve 28 mpg in city or highway driving. Even smaller crossovers are getting in on the hybrid action, with the new Subaru XV Crosstrek slated to get a hybrid powertrain in the future.
Interested in a hybrid in your premium crossover? That can be arranged. The new Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is on the way and the Lexus RX450h has been a staple in the segment for a while now too, making that family road-trip a lot more comfortable and environmentally friendly.