The Toyota Prius and Chevy Tahoe Hybrid made the cut in KBB's latest list: 2008 Best New Road Trip Vehicles.
KBB (Kelley Blue Book) looked at factors that would "enhance any long drive, such as driving enjoyment, passenger comfort, cargo space and of course, fuel economy." Obviously the last option puts the Prius onto any list, while the enhanced fuel economy is a bonus to the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid's passenger comfort and space.
The Chevy Malibu made the list, but not the hybrid version. I guess the mild hybrid Malibu just doesn't make a big enough difference to enhance the quality of the trip.
According to Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. "While the current high fuel prices did influence our list, we also included a couple of cost-no-object choices."
The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
While the Tahoe Hybrid's highway fuel economy rating of 22 mpg is only 2 mpg better than that of its gas-only counterpart (the hybrid's bigger advantage is in city driving), it's nevertheless the most fuel-friendly full-size SUV on the road and provides seating for eight, plenty of cargo solutions and the ability to tow your boat to the lake.
The iconic Prius doesn't just deliver the best highway mileage of virtually anything on four wheels, it also features a flexible hatchback design and enough interior volume to qualify as a mid-size vehicle.
The full list of 2008 Best New Road Trip Vehicles:
- Audi S5
- Ford Flex
- Bugatti Veyron
- Infiniti EX35
- Chevrolet Malibu
- MINI Cooper Clubman
- Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
- Toyota Prius
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Volkswagen Eos