The best vehicles for cross country trips

Sometimes cross country driving can be a monotonous nightmare. But there are a few vehicles out there that I think would make it enjoyable rather than a nightmarish battle with bad traffic, bad weather and bad scenery, like if your driving through western Kansas for instance. Most manufacturers keep a vehicles range to about 300 miles, so fuel economy isn’t necessarily the most important thing.

First, I’d have to say the Porsche Panamera Turbo

0-60 in 3.9 seconds and 550 hp, it would make any road trip instantly better. With one of the best interiors I have ever seen and Porsches renowned reliability, it is easily one of the best options for longer drives. The only downside is it has a price tag of $141,000, so you had better have deep pockets. But if you can afford it I don’t think you’ll mind the 18 mpg you are probably going to be getting out of its twin turbo v6.

My second choice would be the Chrysler 300c SRT8.

With a 6.4 liter Hemi that cranks out 470 hp and 470 ft lbs, this thing is the highway missile id probably put my money on. Nothing screams fuck yeah better than these things. It also has an amazing interior, it is super comfortable, and is surprisingly quiet. The brakes are fantastic, which is a good thing because they have 4300 lbs to bring to a screeching halt if necessary.

Next would be the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit with the Eco diesel v6.

Fully optioned, this thing will run you north of $55,000 which is a lot of money. Not to mention that in that price bracket, it has some stiff competition from some very quick sports cars and if you consider the used vehicle market, you can get some amazing vehicles. But again, with a super comfy interior and a fuel range of over 600 miles, you can spend more time getting to where your going comfortably and less time stopping.

Last choice is a curveball, but I’d have to say the Ural Patrol with sidecar.

With a sidecar you can carry more gear with you than you could with only a couple hard cases that you strapped onto your BMW R1200 GS. You also have the benefit of 2 wheel drive to get you through the terrible road conditions you may encounter. Sure it may only have 41 hp pushing its considerable heft, but it’s a great way to get the open air experience and not have to worry about dumping it when you go farther down the trails than you should have. And for only $16,000 who doesn’t want to drive cross country on a motorcycle?


Filson and AEV team up to create possibly the most badass Jeep ever.

Filson, the purveyors of the insanely priced fine clothing, have teamed up with world renowned Jeep experts AEV to create one hell of a $70,000 Land Rover competitor. If I had the money and seriously wanted a luxury off road rig, I would be hard pressed to not go for this one. ‘Cept maybe the FC concept.

Is This $70,000 Luxury Jeep Wrangler A Better Buy Than A Range Rover?

For $70,000 you’d expect it to have some serious upgrades, and since they partnered with AEV, it most certainly does.

Taken straight from the Filson website

  • Optional 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI V8 engine
  • Both 2-door and 4-door models available
  • WARN 9.5cti-s winch and AEV winch mount
  • IPF 901 off-road lights
  • IPF back-up light
  • AEV 17” Savegre wheels – matte black
  • BFGoodrich 35” Mud-Terrain KM2 tires
  • AEV 3-1/2” DualSport SC suspension
  • AEV ProCal module
  • AEV jack base
  • AEV 3-1/2” DualSport SC suspension
  • AEV ProCal module
  • AEV jack base
  • AEV premium front bumper
  • AEV front skid plate
  • AEV heat reduction hood
  • AEV rear bumper
  • AEV water pump kit
  • AEV tire carrier
  • AEV splashguards
  • Color-matched three-piece hardtop
  • Color-matched fender flares
  • Exclusive Filson green exterior paint
  • Exclusive Filson Rugged Twill and leather interior
  • Filson Rugged Twill bulkhead storage bag
  • Filson Original Briefcase
  • Filson Medium Duffle
  • AEV front floor liners
  • AEV rear floor liner (4-door only)
  • AEV cargo liner (4-door only)
  • Exclusive Filson and AEV badging
  • AEV instrument cluster
  • AEV serialized build plaque

The best part aside from the standard AEV goodies is the optional Hemi’s. Although the 6.4 would be badass, I’d probably stick with the 5.7.

Check out more of this awesome rig at

Ultimate Adventure Challenge

Motortrend just started their Ultimate Adventure Challenge. Its kinda like our own toned down version of the major Rally Raids in Europe, or even Dakar to a degree. The fully built rigs ranging from epic Jeeps to Cummins powered Dodge’s running some serious suspension travel and heavy duty axles, have to travel 1400 miles conquer some brutal trails with little or no help. Pretty cool either way.