5. Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S, is like, electric and stuff. This Silicon Valley luxury car is an EV that’s really shaken things up in the automotive industry. But given the limitations of its battery-powered drivetrain why is it on a list of the 10 best road trip vehicles?
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Well, for starters the Model S is big, comfortable and fast. It’s also quite a bit of fun to drive; important attributes of any long-distance cruiser. But what about range? Well, with the larger 85 kWh battery on board this car delivers a claimed travel distance of about 300 miles at 55 MPH (the smaller 60 kWh pack can only muster about 230 miles). Of course there are countless variables that come into play that reduce that range in the real world, but still that’s not too bad. However, things really go south once the electron “tank” is empty. It takes forever to recharge the car on household current. Fortunately Tesla’s coast-to-coast network of “Superchargers” provide much faster fill ups and could theoretically allow you to drive from New York to LA if it tickled your fancy. So there, an EV can kind of sort of make it on this list.