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7/3/2012 - Great cars for vacationing

The VW Passat was ranked as a top vehicle for family vacations.

Recent surveys have indicated that while Americans are largely vacationing this summer, many have adjusted their plans so they can get to their destinations by car instead of by plane.

With this in mind, recently released a list of some of the best vacation vehicles to purchase for those who are looking to buy a new car.

"The car is an enabler of this year's summer vacations, even more so than in years past," said Rick Wainschel, vice president of automotive insights at AutoTrader. "Despite higher than normal gas prices, the car is still seen as the lower cost alternative compared to other choices."

One of the vehicles the automotive website recommends is the 2013 Ford Taurus. In addition to being quite roomy for large families, it has many safety features, such as electronic stability control, rollover sensors and a post-crash alert system, which can help responders locate a vehicle in the event a motorist gets into a serious accident requiring an auto insurance claim.

Other ideal vehicles for travel include the 2013 Lincoln MKX, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, 2012 Honda Odyssey, and 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

For the full list and details of what makes each car great for vacationing, click here.

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