What is your idea of the perfect road trip vehicle? Better yet, can you help me find mine?
I am planning to purchase a new (probably used, but new to me) car in the Spring and I am having a very difficult time trying to decide what to get. I have a number of trips planned for next year, including a possible two-month trip in the fall. Right now I have a small compact car that gets excellent gas mileage, but I have been thinking about getting a larger vehicle. However I don't want to have to sell a kidney to pay for fuel. Does anyone know of a vehicle that has lots of cargo space, but still gets decent gas mileage?
When I go camping with friends, it would be nice to have enough space for all our gear. When I travel solo (which is often), I'd like to have enough space to sleep in back when I camp (as a 27 year old female I don't always feel comfortable tent camping alone – even with my Louisville Slugger by my side – and I think in some instances I would feel safer sleeping in a locked car).
In all your years of experience on the road, is there any particular car/SUV/van/whatever that stood out as being ideal for road trips? What kind of things should I be looking for? Any suggestions you can offer would be appreciated.