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AutomotiveMap Picks: Best SUV for a Road Trip

The Ford Expedition is just one of the vehicles suited for a road trip.

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Packing your family and a week's worth of belongs into a SUV is an art usually reserved for one particular person in a household. (You know who you are.) Perhaps then, you want to make their lives a little easier and buy a new SUV that fits all of the luggage and people easily while providing the kind of comfort and convenience factors that make life on the road a little easier.

The models that have made this list are well-rounded enough to make travel easy with features that make life on the road easier, according to AutomotiveMap writers.

2020 Lincoln Corsair

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Sue Mead: The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is a retooled luxury midsized SUV that carries five. It is quiet, providing a sanctuary- on-wheels effect. It also delivers a zippy ride with available AWD and the Co-Pilot360 and 360 Plus suite of safety and driver assistance technology. It has impressive stowage capability, including under-floor space. Its Phone-As-A Key technology makes getting in and out a breeze.

​2020 Ford Expedition

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Jesus Garcia: The 2020 Ford Expedition is the closest you'll get to a Family Truckster with a surplus of cupholders. Whatever the cargo, wherever the destination, the Ford Expedition lives up to its name.

2020 BMW X7

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Perry Stern, AutoNXT: The BMW X7 offers up an elegant, comfortable interior with excellent power and impressive handling, making the journey as enjoyable as the destination.

2020 Subaru Ascent

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Nicole Wakelin: The 2020 Subaru Ascent is roomy, fun to drive, and up for impromptu off-road adventure.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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Chad Kircher: The best SUV for a family road trip is not actually an SUV. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has tons of features to keep everyone entertained on long drives and now even has a built-in wifi hotspot to keep all the devices connected.

​2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

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Harvey Briggs: Start with 504 miles of range, throw in a 12.3 inch touchscreen, WiFi for up to 10 devices and plenty of room for six and you have a recipe for family harmony. Ford Copilot 360 adds the safety you need. No matter where the road takes you or ends, 2020 Ford Explorer can get you there.

2020 Nissan Rogue

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Eileen Falkenberg-Hull: The 2020 Nissan Rogue is a bit long in the tooth, but it does have two components that are vital on the perfect road trip: ProPilot Assist and Zero Gravity seats. The Rogue is big enough for a family of four and comfortable as all get out. Its available ProPilot Assist driver assistance system reduces driver fatigue.

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Ford dealerships will be adding Bronco showrooms to their portfolio in the coming year.

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Reporting by Automotive News reveals that Ford is enabling its dealership network to opt-in to build Bronco-specific showrooms. The stores are designed to be near or connected to existing Ford dealer locations, but will feature the Bronco horse logo rather than the traditional Ford Blue Oval.

Ford currently has two Bronco models: Bronco and Bronco Sport. All this for two models? Not quite. Ford is reportedly working on a Bronco-based pickup truck. Could it be Ranger Raptor-like? We'll have to wait and see.

Renderings of Bronco storefronts feature those models and vintage versions of the beloved off-roader alongside 3,800 square feet of building space that includes an outdoor fire pit and room to display three vehicles. There's also a wall that showcases Bronco merchandise including some of the over 200 accessories Ford is promising will be available for Bronco models.

Ford Bronco standalone showroom renderings

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The overall aesthetic is very much in line with what you'll see at your local REI. There's back-painted ceiling lining, exposed concrete, a gray stone entryway, and wood accents throughout the modern structure as well as plenty of windows that show it all off.

Dealers are able to modify the design that Ford has come up with. One dealer, in Arizona, told Automotive News that he is planning to build out a 12,000-square-foot space but hasn't included a fire pit in the plans because of the location's desert climate.

If dealerships don't opt for a separate showroom, dealerships can choose from other Ford-backed options to display the Bronco that are more traditional in nature. Andrew Frick, the head of Ford sales in the U.S. said that there are three options: a standalone showroom, an expansion of existing showrooms or displays that can be added to a showroom. All the options are available and recommended, but not required, kind of like the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco itself.

"It's an announcement to the world we're back; the Bronco is back," Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Ariz., and chairman of Ford's national dealer council, told Automotive News. "It's such an iconic product that in an absolute way, we feel a Ford dealer is really adding almost an additional franchise."

Last month, Ford revealed that of its 190,000 reservations for either the two- or four-door Bronco, two-thirds of those have turned into firm orders. Deliveries of the redesigned Bronco are slated to begin in June. Early models are already making their way out onto the streets under the car of Ford employees.

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The 2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST gives buyers more performance at a lower price.

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The Explorer lineup is getting a three-model enhancement for the 2021 model year. The Explorer Enthusiast ST, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrid will be making their way to dealership lots later this year in a targeted attempt to identify customer desires.

The new models join the just-announced 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch, also a new addition.

2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST

The Enthusiast ST grade takes a lot of what customers like about the existing Explorer ST and delivers it at a far cheaper price. The Enthusiast ST has a starting MSRP of $48,750 as opposed to the ST, which starts at $52,830.

Setting it apart from there Explorers is the Enthusiast ST's quad chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.

The new model comes equipped with the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that's in the Explorer ST that churns out 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain.

Ford has given the model a sport-tuned suspension and a top track speed of 143 mph. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package provides towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.

The cabin of the Enthusiast ST is complete with leather seating surfaces, unique Miko micro-perforated inserts, and City Silver accent stitching with the ST logo. There's a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated sport-style steering wheel with the ST logo, and paddle shifters.

The Explorer Enthusiast ST also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology.

2021 Ford Explorer Platinum

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2021 Ford Explorer Plat

The new Explorer Platinum is powered by a 3.0-liter engine and comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Four-when drive is available.

To make the Platinum version worthy of its upscale price tag, its packaging includes door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails, a twin-panel moonroof, and a unique grille with satin aluminum finish. Its cabin is fitted with leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers, and door and front console armrests.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum has a starting MSRP of $52,480. The hybrid version of that model starts at $53,085.

All the models are currently available for order via Ford dealerships. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer.

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