2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
The summer vacation season unofficially kicks off this weekend with Memorial Day, when millions of Americans will be hitting the road for the long weekend, many of them in minivans, trucks, SUVs, and campers. While all those vehicles have their redeeming qualities, many are more than what’s actually necessary to enjoy a three-day weekend.
Take a car like the Porsche Cayman for example. It’s a great vehicle for a weekend getaway, so long as you’re rolling solo, or with a companion who packs very efficiently. If your spouse doesn’t agree with me, maybe they’ll be on board with one of these five performance vehicles that are also perfect for a weekend getaway.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Base Price: $66,690
I used to think the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT was a stupid vehicle, now I know that it’s actually quite intelligent. It shouldn’t work, but it does, and the way that this vehicle pulls you in is actually two fold.
For starters, it’s a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which happens to be one of the absolute best SUVs money can buy, no matter the trim level. On top of that, it’s been given a proper going through by the folks at SRT, which means it features a 6.4-liter Hemi, a Brembo brake package, and selectable performance-oriented driving modes, among other goodies.
Few people need anything more than a Grand Cherokee when it comes to hauling people and stuff. Nobody needs anything more than an Grand Cherokee SRT if they want to haul ass while hauling people and stuff. And yet, a 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sometime in the near future. Insanity, wonderful insanity.
Aston Martin Rapide S
Base Price: $206,000
If you have the means to buy one, there’s not many reason not to consider the Aston Martin Rapide S. Rear passenger seating isn’t all that spacious, but it has a V12 under the hood. Fuel economy isn’t that great, but it has a v12 under the hood. Cargo space is rather limited even though the rear seat backs fold down, but it has a V12 under the hood.
Did I mention it has a v12 under the hood? This is a car for a complete physical and mental escape from life per usual.
Base Price: $83,995
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
The Cadillac CTS-V is America’s Bahnstormer. It can comfortably run for hours at triple digit speeds (trust me, I know) while you and your passengers sit in the spacious cabin having a conversation using inside voices. It might be one the most impressive four door car built by a domestic brand since the Ford Galaxie 500.
You’ll want to take it on adventures every chance you get, it just begs to be driven, and driven hard at that. However, when the time comes to put friends in the back seat and go to dinner while on your journey, nobody is going to complain about not getting shotgun.
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Base Price: $37,295
I covered a thousand miles in a 2016 Camaro SS this past fall, and not once did I find myself hating life. The redesigned Camaro rides much smoother and is way quieter than the last generation, which isn’t saying much. But don’t underestimate the comfort level of this car.
On top of that newfound comfort, it’s got impressive performance specs, and even the V8 manages to get decent gas mileage on the highway thanks to cylinder deactivation (est. 28 mpg highway). You might find it hard to keep your foot off the gas because of the sonorous dual mode exhaust, but that’s ok, that’s kind of the point of this car.
Base Price: $51,900
Fast, fun, and fuel efficient—if you stay out of boost, the Audi TTS is a great choice for an extended jaunt somewhere fun. Boasting 12 cu-ft of cargo space, the TTS will swallow a decent amount of stuff, and the rear “seats” fold down as well, allowing most average size folks to lay down in the back.
I wouldn’t recommend it for anything more than a quick power nap, but if you forget your tent, at least you’ll have a nice view of the night sky through the rear hatch glass.