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Great vehicles for summer getaways

The Kia Sorento was recently restyled, but remains a good vehicle for a family getaway.
The Kia Sorento was recently restyled, but remains a good vehicle for a family getaway.
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The summer road trip season is in full swing, so it's time to take a look at some great vehicles for getting out on the highways with the family.

Important considerations for this type of vehicle include comfortable seating arrangements, adequate room for luggage and other carry-ons and good fuel economy.

With that in mind, we came up with some good choices for rides that will take you to the beach, mountains and other getaway destinations.

The Kia Sorento got a full makeover in the previous model year, and those changes carry forth this year. This crossover seats up to seven, is stylish, and gets good fuel economy.

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Also, here are some pre-trip tips that you might want to follow to ensure a safe vacation:

Shake Off the Dirt – Give your car a thorough wash, especially the undercarriage, to make sure the salts, sands and anything else that the debris is off of your car for good.

Check and Recheck – Pop the hood and take some time to perform a thorough inspection. How are the hoses? Are your fluid levels good? Look for signs of loose nuts and bolts. Age may have taken a toll on your vehicle and all of those bangs and scrapes can jog stuff loose and require a trip to your local service department.
Air Time – Take this opportunity to clear the air; your air filter, that is. Do some cleaning in the engine bay and replace your air filter . Tiny particulates could be choking off the air supply to your motor. Speaking of air, make sure your tires are properly inflated too.
Ready for Road Trips – If you’re going to be spending time driving to and from those places you love, make sure to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning before you leave. Vacuum out all of the excess salt and debris, replace your air fresheners and wipe down the interior trim and glass. Spending hours in your vehicle during that upcoming family vacation won’t be so bad if your ride is looking and smelling fresh.
Time to Tow – Whether you’re bringing supplies to the cottage or getting your boat into the water, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top towing condition. A safety walk around your vehicle and trailer is a great idea this time of the year. Before you load up your trailer, check the lights, connections and trailer tires to make sure everything is working properly. If you’re hauling something big and have a plus-sized trailer, make sure your side mirrors extend out far enough to see everything. If you’re heading across state lines, make sure your trailer and towing system are in compliance with the laws of the state you’re visiting. You don’t want to start off your weekend at the lake with a traffic citation.

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