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There are few words in the English language which can conjure up as much meaning, and likely so many memories, as these: road trip. We've all been on them before; some are the highlights of your life and some... well, not so much. But having the right vehicle can make all the difference in the world. Thule, maker of "transportation accessories", has added its name to the ever-growing list of companies that have invented an "__ of the year" award. For this particular honor, Thule has broken the automotive landscape in half, dividing its choices for the best vehicle to take a road trip in at the $30 grand mark. Without further ado, the winners are:
  • Best road trip vehicle under $30,000: Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
  • Best road trip vehicle over $30,000: Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
If you really want to read all of the reasons that Thule offers for choosing these vehicles, there's a whole press release pasted after the break. We're not going to argue with their choices, as both the Outback and the Highlander are fine vehicles, which would be suitable for a group of four people and their assorted belongings. Sure beats the old funny-smelling air-cooled VW van that had trouble keeping up with the slow-moving traffic that some of us can remember from our childhood.

Gallery: 2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback

Gallery: Highlander Hybrid 2008

[Source: Thule]Continue reading 2008 Road Trip Vehicles of the Year as chosen by Thule

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Cool! Although I won't be taking any family road trips in my Legacy GT wagon, I will take some work road trips from time to time. Too bad the US doesn't get Legacy wagons anymore, just the Outback wagons. I need to take off my roof racks. I don't plan on using them, and they must be robbing me something like 5.03 hp or more! :)
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