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Photo © Aaron Gold Most small cars make poor road-trippers, but the Fit is the exception to the rule. Thanks to its brilliant cabin packaging, the Fit accommodates four adults and their luggage with ease, and it's flip-and-fold back seat and deep cargo bay is great for impulse purchases, even really a bug and bulky ones. The Fit gets great gas mileage and its optional navigation system means you'll never get lost. 02 of 10 Mazda5 - $18,665 Mazda5. Photo © Aaron Gold Minivans are great for family road trips, but not everyone wants to drive a bus. The six-seat Mazda5 strikes a nice balance between the space of a minivan, the road manners and fuel economy of a mid-size car, and the price tag of a compact. Be warned, though, that the 2-2-2 seating arrangement limits flexibility -- chances are you'll have to fold the back seats for additional cargo space, and that drops the Mazda5's seating capacity to four. 03 of 10 Honda Insight Hybrid - $20,470 Honda Insight. Photo © Aaron Gold The Insight Hybrid is a great car for green travelers on a budget: It's cheap to buy, entertaining to drive, gets great fuel economy (it's a hybrid, after all) and has a roomy hatchback body. The downsides: While it's great for two people and their stuff, its smallish backseat makes it a squeeze for four. 04 of 10 Mazda MX-5 Miata - $22,420 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Photo © Aaron Gold The Miata is one of the all-time great road-trip cars: It's small, it's racy, and it's got the easiest-to-open convertible top in the business -- just pull the release lever, give the roof a shove, and presto, you're basking in the sunshine. The small trunk means you'll need to pack creatively, and rear-wheel-drive means it's not the most sure-footed car in bad weather (as I discovered firsthand) -- but given a sunny day and an open road, there are few cars I'd rather drive. 05 of 10 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - $28,530 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. Photo © Aaron Gold Chrysler redesigned the Sebring in 2008, and frankly, I prefer the old version; the new Sebring Convertible is pretty miserable to drive. But it's your best bet -- actually, now that Toyota has discontinued the Solara, it's your only bet -- for a convertible with a big back seat and a reasonably roomy trunk. Best of all, most major car rental companies stock Sebring, so you can take one on vacation without having to get stuck driving it the other 50 weeks of the year. 06 of 10 Volvo V70 - $33,725 Volvo V70. Photo © Volvo For me, a family vacation means my wife, two kids, and the dog, and all the stuff that comes with 'em -- and believe me, that's a lot of stuff. Enter the Volvo V70: Not only does it carry half the world in its cargo bay, but its fuel-efficient engine and big gas tank mean it can run a good 500 miles between fill-ups. And thanks to the Volvo's well-designed front seats, you won't be feeling all those miles in your back and shoulders when you finally get out to stretch your legs. Long live the Family Truckster, Swedish-style! 07 of 10 Lincoln MKZ - $34,965 Lincoln MKZ. Photo © Aaron Gold I like the Lincoln MKZ -- the updated 2010 version, that is -- for all the same reasons I like the Lexus ES350 (see below) -- it's quiet and comfortable with a big back seat and a generous trunk. The MKZ has two major advantages over the Lexus: Better value-for-money and optional all-wheel-drive, the latter a real boon for traveling to places where the weather isn't always great. 08 of 10 Lexus ES 350 - $35,145 Lexus ES 350. Photo © Aaron Gold I love cars that are involving to drive, and the ES 350 is anything but. But if you're out to see the sights, a comfortable, unobtrusive car makes a great companion -- and that's the ES 350 in a nutshell. It's spacious, quiet, smooth, easy to see out of, and as reliable as the day is long, making it a great way to tour the country. 09 of 10 Chevrolet Corvette - $49,515 2008 Chevrolet Corvette with roof panel removed. Photo © Aaron Gold Yeah, I know -- I used to make fun of Corvettes too, and then I drove one. Today's Corvette is a barrel of laughs, but you'll be laughing with it, not at it. The Corvette is huge fun to drive, it's surprisingly fuel efficient, and it's available as a convertible, though I like the coupe with its removable roof -- it gives you all the sight-seeing visibility of a convertible without the worry that someone will knife the soft-top to steal your stuff. 10 of 10 Audi S8 - $99,125 Audi S8. Photo © Audi If money were no object, the S8 is the car I'd choose to drive across the country -- although with a 450 horsepower V10 under the hood, I bet it'd be a pretty quick trip. The S8 has it all -- supreme comfort, apartment-like room, and optional gadgets like massaging front seats and God's own Bang & Olufsen stereo. A great way to travel if you can afford the payments and the gas. Anyone have a hundred grand I can borrow?