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IRVINE, Calif. — Editors with Kelley Blue Book's Kbb.com released this week what they consider to be the 2010 Top 10 Road Trip Cars.
In a new theme for this year, Kbb.com picked 10 "road trip-worthy" events happening this summer around the U.S. and then matched them each with a specific ride that best suited the particular trip.
Kbb.com said the road-trip events are as diverse as the road-trip models.
"We decided to kick it up a notch this year with our annual Kbb.com Top 10 Road Trip Cars list, identifying many of the most interesting summer festivals, events and gatherings from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and then brainstorming the best car for each trip," stated Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kbb.com.
"Since our editorial staff has collectively driven nearly every vehicle available on the U.S. market, we had fun narrowing down the choices and deciding which ride best corresponded to each destination," he added. "The resulting list is comprehensive in its variety and appeal, offering 10 great choices for motorists of various generations and interests who want to hit the open road this summer."
The following is a synopsis of Kbb.com's list of summer road trips — listed in chronological order — and their corresponding vehicles.
For complete descriptions and commentary regarding these events and vehicles, visit http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/summer-road-trip-2010-10-places-to-go-10-cars-to-take.
Summer Road Trip No. 1
Where to Go: Sasquatch! Music Festival
Quincy, Wash.; Memorial Day Weekend
How to Get There: 2010 Subaru Outback
Where to Go: Pike's Peak International Hill Climb
Pike's Peak, Colo.; June 27
How to Get There: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Where to Go: Boston Harborfest
Boston; Independence Week
How to Get There: 2011 Ford Mustang
Where to Go: Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival
Montreal, Quebec; July 7 through July 25
How to Get There: 2010 Mini Cooper
Where to go: MLB All-Star Game
Anaheim, Calif.; July 13
How to get there: 2010 Toyota Sienna
Where to Go: Comic-Con
How to Get There: 2010 Nissan Cube
Where to Go: Elvis Week
Memphis, Tenn.; Aug. 10 through Aug.16
How to get there: 2010 Cadillac CTS
Where to Go: Iowa State Fair
Des Moines, Iowa; Aug. 12 through Aug. 22
What to Take: 2010 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck
Where to Go: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach, Calif.; Aug. 15
How to Get There: 2010 Porsche Panamera
Where to Go: Burning Man
Black Rock City, Nev.; Aug. 30-Sept. 6
How to Get There: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI