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Toyota CH-R best road trip cars
North America,  Travel

Why the Toyota CH-R is One Of The Best Road Trip Cars

Summer is on the way. Bringing thoughts of laid back vacations and epic road trips. Whether you’re traveling solo or as a family unit, one of the best road trip cars to consider is the Toyota CH-R.

Toyota CH-R best road trip cars

Bae and I test drove the Toyota CH-R during a road trip from Atlanta, GA to sunny Myrtle Beach, SC. With above-average gas mileage, star safety standards, and the type of reliability that Toyota owners have come to love, the Toyota CH-R  is definitely one of the best road trip cars we’ve ever driven.

Interior Space

If you’ve ever endured a long road trip cramped into a small car you’ll appreciate the CH-R’s spacious interior.

At first glance, I wondered if the car was going to be too small for two adults. One of whom is over 6’5 ft. However, space wasn’t a problem for us at all!

Toyota CH-R Interior best road trip cars
View from driver’s seat

The CH-R’s rear hatch opens to reveal a large cargo space with 60/40 split seats. Let me tell you. This trunk space fit a full sized beach umbrella, two beach chairs, two carry-on luggage bags, groceries and a bunch of other miscellaneous items. Bonus, we both had legroom to spare.

Toyota CH-R trunk best road trip cars
Rear hatch trunk space

The backseat is also spacious enough to provide additional passengers with
with plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. The last thing anyone needs on a road trip is folks in the back screaming from leg cramps.

Toyota CH-R interior best road trip cars
Views from the spacious back seat

Gas Mileage

Nothing ruins a great road trip quicker than needing to stop for gas every time you turn on the ignition. Thankfully, the CH-R’s extremely fuel efficient with an estimated 27/31 city/highway driving mpg.

Toyota CH-R

Powered by a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine, the CH-R delivers dynamic sports performance and excellent fuel economy to keep you on the road exploring vs. parked up and watching Netflix in your hotel room.

We only had to fill our gas tank approximately three times round trip!

Safety Standards

Long distance driving is super enjoyable. But also increases your chances of encountering people who must have bought their driver’s license from some sketchy guy on Craigslist.

That’s where the CH-R’s Star Safety System really comes in handy. These advanced safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology.

Another feature we appreciated was the Blind Spot Monitor. During long road trips, it’s easy to slip into cruise control mode and miss sudden movements. These alerts really helped us stay focused and aware of our surroundings.

Whether you’re looking for the best road trip cars or on the market for a new car definitely book a test drive at your local Toyota dealership to experience the CH-R for yourself.

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16 Comments

  • toastycritic

    It looks like it was a super cool car and I can understand it would be a great road trip. It does look like a great car to take on a trip with all the space in the trunk.

    • explorethe6

      Definitely! I own a Toyota Corolla and it’s been so good to me. They definitely have reliability nailed down for all their cars.

    • explorethe6

      Up until test driving the CH-R I hadn’t seen it either! I’m noticing a few more on the road now. Maybe because I’m looking out for them now? LOL

      • Courtney

        Oooo now that is one fun looking car!!! Iā€™m not that big into road trips. Flying is more my thing, but if I were to take a road trip, this car would be so fun!

        • explorethe6

          Oh yeah – I’m all for flying! But if a destination is within driving distance and I know we’ll need a car once we’re there I opt for the open roads šŸ™‚

  • Bree L.

    We do alot of road trips. Next time we buy a car the biggest factor will be how it will be for road trips so I appreciate this post!

    • explorethe6

      Road trips are a long time fav for us too. It sucks when you have to rent a car vs. driving your own so this was a great treat. Happy future car shopping!

  • aisasami

    What a useful but really nice looking car. Is this fuel-efficient? Can you get one that runs on electricity?

    • explorethe6

      The color is so cute right?! Loved it. We got a lot of compliments on the color too. Such a fun car to drive.

  • Stephanie

    Having an SUV is perfect for road trips! We drive from Houston, TX to SW Florida every summer, and when we got an SUV with more space and comfy seats it made such a difference!

    • explorethe6

      For sure! This one is more of a crossover style vs. full out SUV. But it was still perfectly spacious for our needs.

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