Daily Podcast: Jalopnik's 10 Best Fall Weekend Trip Cars. Or Not.

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
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Originally posted (without my snarky italicized comments) at Jalopnik.

10. Mazda MX-5 Retractable Hardtop

Starts off well. If you pack very light.

9. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Oh, this’ll be just great on the highway. I thought they said weekend trip, not off-roading camping expedition.

8. Maserati Gran Turismo S

Might as well add a Bentley while we’re at it.

7. Volkswagen Tiguan


6. MINI Cooper Clubman

Do you have so much stuff it won’t fit in a Cooper with the rear seats folded?

5. Ford Ranger FX4

This is a joke, right?

4. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

I’m sure my girlfriend would love a 5 hour drive with me keeping one of these on a rolling boil.

3. BMW X6

I’d rather not send the villagers running.

2. Subaru Outback Limited 2.5 XT

Makes the most sense out of any car on the list.

1. Porsche 911 Targa 4

Sure, and do me a favor, fill the trunk with diamonds.

The Berkowitz list (and they’re all under $50k): Subaru Outback 2.5 XT, Dodge Challenger SRT8, BMW 335i, Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, Mazda MX-5, Volkswagen Jetta TDI or 2.0T, Saab 9-3 Convertible, MINI Cooper S, and Suzuki SX4.

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  • R H R H on Oct 07, 2008

    My last weekend trip, I took a gsx-r 600, wore 20 pounds of gear, put on a backpack full of clothes, and cargo-netted a bag to the passenger seat :) This was into VERY heavy rain in WI to see ama superbike at elkhart lake. Yeah, my wife does think I'm a loon sometimes.

  • AKM AKM on Oct 07, 2008
    BMW X6 Has anyone actually seen one of these without demo plates? Here in ‘Car-as-a-fashion-statement’ west Houston I’ve seen not a single one. I've seen the back of ONE in Northern NJ, while I expected it to be everywhere.....and I narrowingly avoided puking in my car. As for week-end cars, my wfie, brother and I went for a week-long camping trip in Quebec and Maine in our 2002 VW Golf. And guess what? Not only did it swallow everything we put in the trunk, with one seat down, but it remained pretty comfy, and cruising at 80mph was a breeze....

  • Captdownshift Captdownshift on Oct 07, 2008

    since the outback is the best choice and the evo is still too raw (according to most on here), why not the 2009 sti? it soft enough to no longer be much of an sti, offers wagon utility and should still (hopefully) be more of a hoot to drive the the 2.5L turbo outback. (if it's not then it's time for subaru to kill the sti model stateside)

  • Davekaybsc Davekaybsc on Oct 08, 2008

    Audi S4. It's an Evo for grown ups. Fun, comfortable, and no wings to attract attention from the cops. Second choice: BMW 540i Sport.