Getting Ready to Road Trip with a Reliable Vehicle

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I’m heading to Montreal this week for Osheaga, a music festival in the downtown area. It’s about a 6 hour drive from Toronto, so it’s a pretty long drive, especially since we have a few pit stops to make along the way.

Even though we live in Toronto, a large metropolitan city, Rowan and I find ourselves using our car daily. Rowan drives to work, I use the car for running errands and moving things between workshops, and we often travel outside of the city. Both sets of parents live in rural areas, and we also love to explore the areas outside the city when we can, like we are this weekend!

There are many things to take into consideration when looking to purchase a vehicle. Do you want to buy new, or used? SUV or Compact? How does it do on gas in the city, or the highway?

One of the main reasons we chose to upgrade our car was the lack of leg room and head space for Rowan in a compact car, and the difficult I was having seeing over the dashboard and my blindspots sitting lower to the ground. It became obviously quickly that we wanted an SUV.

Because we like to camp and take road trips, getting an SUV made a lot of sense. If we wanted to sleep in the car, we could – and we’d have plenty of space for everything we need in the back. We also often travel with friends, or with our dog, so having a roomy backseat was also important to us.

An SUV will continue to be perfect for road trips with a growing family, which also meant we wanted a car that would be good for road tripping 5, 10, 15 years down the road, or something that would still retain it’s value when we decided we needed something new.

With so many cars out there, it was hard to come down to one we really wanted, liked and fit our budget and lifestyle. Luckily for me, my dad is well connected in the car world, so we were lucky to end up with a beautiful 2017 Jeep Compass that we love. It has everything we asked for, and more, and we were taken care of at our dealership too.

But, not everyone has that luxury! There are plenty of blogs with great research tips and ideas, and car research websites like cars.com that have everything you could possibly need to know regarding almost every car available. If you are in the US, they can even help you find a dealership perfect for you.

When I look up the specs for the 2017 Jeep Compass, not only do I see the basic info, I also get an idea of what people are saying about the car, reviews from other customers, as well as experts in the field.

For a couple who loves to road trip, finding the perfect car for us was no easy task, but we did it and I know you can too! What are the most important things in buying a car for you?

  • I love driving SUVs – it’s so much easier to see everything and they’re so much more comfortable! Jeep SUVs are pretty badass, my dad has one haha!