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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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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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