When car enthusiasts talk about the best drivers’ cars, it’s usually selfish. Taking off for a long drive in the Z is fantastic when you’re young and free, but once the kiddos come along you’ll something bigger. By all means, have your weekend sports car or GT, but why suffer when traveling with the brood? We’re looking for a vehicle that can carry two parents, 1-2 kids, and all associated gear for multi-day road trips. It should be reliable, comfortable for passengers, and get decent mileage. But — and this is the part that makes it challenging — it must also be fun to drive.
What’s the best road trip car for the whole family?
The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your favorite automotive invention?”
Answers from last week ranged from the practical, like Jeremy A.’s unassailable argument for radial tires or Jim Daniels‘ case for the 5-speed manual, to the whimsical, like kyushanerd‘s nomination for the high roof or Dimitry Mochkin‘s suggestion of the retractable headlight.
Alan elected the underappreciated moonroof, while, a different Alan made a strong case for the reliable Japanese car in general. speedie went for modern conveniences like heated seats and rain sensing wipers. We almost dismissed Kevin H.‘s appeal for blind spot warning systems, because aiming your mirrors properly will usually take care of the problem, However, as we read further we realized he was talking about the benefit of having those systems on other cars. We were totally convinced, and that’s why he’s this week’s winner:
Blind Spot Warning systems (BSW).
As a lover of pre 90s vehicles, most of the cars I have owned do not have the safety technology that most people take for granted today. Yeah my exhaust is usually boisterous and my automotive style leans more toward flamboyant, but the type of people who settle for bland CUVs and the largest monster truck they can afford (I live in Texas) aren’t the most “road aware” people.
I guess my favorite automotive invention should fall under Heard Immunity. The masses are being nannied so that I can safely drive my old, not always correctly working, sometimes-headlights-don’t-work, non-ABS, overpowered, windshield-wipers-are-for-show, death wagon… I mean; my classic Japanese daily.
I know that some of you probably drive SUVs or other “I’m too man enough to just get a minivan for my family” vehicles, but I thank you. Even you help keep the road fun and safe for me, who chooses to drive something that is slightly more safe that a motorcycle.
With BSW technology you will always know I’m there weather you can see me or not… or even care if I’m there.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!