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
VW’s Seven-Passenger Large SUV Siblings Volkswagen is a latecomer with its three-row Atlas SUV. Designed for the American market, the Atlas lives up to its name–it’s big, which is a good thing if you need to seat up-to seven people. For most, this is something very few of us do on a regular basis. However, if you have a growing family and need the extra storage space for all their (and their friends’) gear, the 2018 Atlas should be on your wish list. VW wants to play with the big boys VW designed the Atlas interior to be open and inviting, even for passengers venturing into the third row. You need to be a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to access or comfortably sit in the far back of many seven-passenger SUVs. Not so with the Atlas, as VW has made the access easy with fold-and-slide second row seats, and a third row bench with good thigh support and a comfortable angle for the seat back. Maybe six-footers would not want to spend a few hundred miles back there, … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL Premium 4Motion vs. Atlas 2.0T SE