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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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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

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In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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