The summer travel season officially came to a close three weeks ago as the Labor Day holiday offered up one last long, warm-weather weekend to indulge that most quintessentially American of recreational activities: the road trip. My wife and I had exactly nothing planned for the weekend, but we were in possession of Cars.com's long-term test car and Best of 2018 winner, the Volkswagen Atlas, an eminently palatable, nice-but-not-flashy, comfortable-but-not-luxe family SUV that's about as easy to get along with as I imagine Tom Hanks is. Related: I Lived in a Volkswagen Atlas Down by the River! Determined not to while the weekend away at home, we needed a destination for a summer coup de grace that we could drive to in less than eight hours (my upper limit for a weekend getaway), but where we also could find cool ish to do, scenic urban landscapes to walk around, great food, legit nightlife and, heck, maybe even a little culture. But above all, with no plan and no time to make one, … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Road Trip: Kansas City, Here We Come
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You’ve seen how our long-term 2018 Volkswagen Polo has handled the city, and no surprise, it performs as well as a small hatch should. But now it’s time to take ‘Ginger’ – as James Wong has affectionately named it – on a road trip. The itinerary is a 1500-kilometre round trip on the east coast between Melbourne and Moruya, NSW, to see my folks. Unlike the last trip I did in the 2018 BMW M140i, it’s just me and the Polo this time around. Although I was going for four nights, I did pack a large suitcase, because that’s what girls do, right? The boot holds 351-litres of stuff, which was just enough to hold my case. I left at 4 am, so there were a good few hours of driving in the dark. Once off the freeways, I encountered a lot of tight turns at dark intersections, so the cornering lights really helped light the way. But it would have been nice if the halogen headlights matched the LED daytime-running lights. An annoying detail I noticed was … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Polo Launch Edition long-term review, report four: Road trip
Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they’re on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they’re the next big thing — even though they’re actually a longstanding American tradition steeped in nostalgia and pop culture, from the 1950s Beat Generation literary classic “On the Road” to the 1983 comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” On Instagram, the hashtag #roadtrip shows up 37 million times. In some ways, the comeback of this 20th century-style vacation is surprising in an era when “time has become more far more precious than money, a priceless commodity not to be squandered lumbering along down endless miles of highway,” writes Richard Ratay in his upcoming book, “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip.” In other words, why spend 18 hours driving 1,200 miles when you could get there in two … [Read more...] about Are old-fashioned road trips trendy again?
If you're the type that's always up for a road trip with friends or family, you need a vehicle that's ready when the mood strikes. A trek up the coast from Washington, D.C., to Manhattan for the 2018 New York International Auto Show showed that the redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan (VW's best-selling vehicle in March) would be a good choice for hitting the open road. Related: Volkswagen Slashes Price on 2018 Tiguan We're talking about a road trip where you need a vehicle that handles people and their stuff like a VW Microbus. It's not the vehicle that you'd want when the driving itself is the point, as opposed to the destination, activity or companions (nor does it try to be). My favorites for that purpose would comfortably handle one companion — and in some we'd have to share a bag. The test car was a top-of-the-line Tiguan SEL Premium with all-wheel drive ($38,450; all prices include a $900 destination charge) and the third-row seat option ($500). This model … [Read more...] about Road Trip! 7 Ways the 2018 Tiguan Is Good for Getaways
► Alfa Romeo Giulia QF long-term test► 503bhp from 2.9 litres and six cylinders► This week: a trip to Castle CombeSummer sun, family, classic racing and an Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio: it was one of those days that leaves you blissfully satisfied, like simultaneously devouring a box set and a box of Lindor Milk Truffles. Castle Combe wasn’t just hosting the West Country Cracker Race Meeting, but also a gathering of my motorsport-bred inlaws, including the introduction of two-month-old nephew Ioan and my daughters to motorsport.The Oakhams welcomed the Giulia into the fold. ‘This is the first car of yours I’ve liked,’ said father-in-law Chris, creakily lowering himself into the subterranean driver’s seat and fiddling with paddles that combine a tactile springiness and a percussive click. Then, laden with camping chairs and children, we left the Alfa in the Castle Combe car park/field and headed for the action, leaving a … [Read more...] about When in Romeo. do as the Romeons do: road trip in our long-term Giulia