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Ten Best Cars For A Fall Weekend Trip


http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Fall-Weekend-Top.jpgFall's crisp winds, wet roads and bright foliage are here. But just because it's no longer summer doesn't mean you can't enjoy a weekend driving trip. Just as the leaves change so do the driving conditions, meaning it's time to trade in that soft-top convertible for something a little better suited to the autumn climate. Below is our list of ten vehicles and ten trips for a perfect fall weekend.


10.) Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Hardtop



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-MX5.jpgThere's no better way to view the fall foliage than through an open top, but the threat of a cold day means most people keep their convertibles in the garage. The Mazda MX-5 now comes with a hard-top convertible version offering all the fun of a cheap, quick car — only now with a hardtop to protect you and your occupants from the elements.

MSRP: $24,465

Best Fun Feature: Zippy acceleration

Best Fall Feature: Retractable hard top

Best Fall Trip: Drive to a B&B at the end of a road filled with winding curves and have just as much fun driving back.


9.) Jeep Wrangler Unlimited



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-Jeep.jpgAs much fun as a Jeep is for a weekend on the beach, traveling in the fall means packing more gear. In that case, the much larger Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a great autumn choice. Plus, the add-on hardtop option will make life all the warmer.

MSRP: $21,985

Best Fun Feature: Folding windshield and removable doors

Best Fall Feature: Trail-rated 4x4 capability and an optional hardtop.

Best Fall Trip: Take a rugged path for a weekend of camping and hiking.


8.) Maserati GranTurismo S



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-GT.jpgThe Maserati GranTurismo S is a fast, gorgeous and luxurious grand tourer in the classic style. Despite its sports car look, the GranTurismo has ample room for a weekend's worth of gear.

MSRP: $138,600

Best Fun Feature: 433-horsepower Italian V8

Best Fall Feature: Smooth, predictable ride with lots of room

Best Fall Trip: Try a long drive through the wine country and have room to take home a few bottles.


7.) Volkswagen Tiguan



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-Tiguan.jpgThe new Volkswagen Tiguan CUV offers the practicality of a larger vehicle with the fun driving characteristics of a smaller car.

MSRP: $23,200

Best Fun Feature: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine

Best Fall Feature: Fold-flat rear seats

Best Fall Trip: If your living space is looking a bit empty the Tiguan is an ideal companion for a weekend bouncing from antique shop to garage sale in search of that perfect armoire.


6.) Mini Cooper Clubman



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-Clubman.jpgThe Mini Cooper has always been a fun, efficient way to get away for the weekend. Throw in an extra set of doors and a bit more room and you have the fall-ready Mini Clubman wagon.

MSRP: $20,850

Best Fun Feature: Fun to drive but also efficient (37 mpg highway)

Best Fall Feature: The rear doors are hinged, allowing for easy loading of large objects and luggage

Best Fall Trip: Autumn is a time of harvest and what better way to enjoy that then hitting the road and visiting local farms to load the back of the Clubman up with a bounty of pumpkins and squash!


5.) Ford Ranger FX4



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-FX4.jpgBefore winter's frost brings snow and ice, cold fronts move through bringing chilly rains that leave muddy trails, perfect for a weekend of mudding in the off-road version of Ford's compact Ford Ranger. The FX4 is light, simple and extremely competant over challening road conditions.

MSRP: $22,850

Best Fun Feature: Heavy duty schocks

Best Fall Feature: Off-road ability

Best Fall Trip: Tread lightly and carry a big truck through the backwoods with a friend, just make sure to bring some good boots.


4.) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-Lancer.jpgWhen it comes to bang-for-buck it is hard to top the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, which offers the space of a sedan and the road-hugging ability of an AWD sports cars.

MSRP: $32,990

Best Fun Feature: Twin Clutch SST Automated Manual Transmission

Best Fall Feature: Super All-Wheel Control

Best Fall Trip: Nothing says a fun weekend like hitting the track or, if it is rainy, the rally stage.


3.) BMW X6



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-BMWX6.jpgInstead of dusting off the boring old SUV for fall, consider the BMW X6 "Sports Activity Coupe" for a long weekend in the country. It's as fast as many sports cars and capable on or, as our road test editor claims, off road.

MSRP: $53,275

Best Fun Feature: An athletic design that hides the hatch

Best Fall Feature: Dynamic Performance Control, which keeps the Bimmer planted to any road

Best Fall Trip: With Thanksgiving around the corner you've got enough room for kids and enough zoom to make you forget your Uncle Jake's prison stories.


2.) Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-Outback.jpgThe Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon offers poise, comfort, drivability and most importantly: space.

MSRP: $31,595

Best Fun Feature: 440-watt, 9-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo

Best Fall Feature: Continuous All-Wheel Drive

Best Fall Trip: Football season is here and the roomy Outback will not only get you to the game, it has the room for tailgating gear. Bratwurst anyone?


1.) Porsche 911 Targa 4



http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2008/10/Ten-Weekend-Targa.jpgA Porsche 911 is fun year-round, but the Porsche 911 Targa 4 is the perfect sports car for Fall. When the weather is nice the glass roof and hatch allow all inside a chance to see the sights. When the weather turns rough the Targa 4 comes equipped with all-wheel drive.

MSRP: $89,500

Best Fun Feature: Glass roof

Best Fall Feature: All-wheel-drive

Best Fall Trip: Pick a sunny weekend and drive to the coast where you can marvel at the beauty through the glass.

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+1 Good eye and good point!!

They could have at least put up urfsin's brown trout:

http://legacygt.com/forums/image.php?u=14553&dateline=1184224071 or http://www.caranddriver.com/var/ezwebin_site/storage/images/buying_guide/subaru/outback/2005_subaru_outback_wagon/2005_subaru_outback_2_5xt_limited_road_test/73611-1-eng-US/2005_subaru_outback_2_5xt_limited_road_test_submodel_full.jpg


AND... thats not a picture of an OBXT :sad:
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