2009 Road Trip Vehicles of the Year
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"The ranking system takes into effect what a family of four would be looking for in a vehicle as they head out on their summer road trip. We evaluated each vehicle based on 10 unique criteria. Each category was given a specific point value and consisted of styling, storage, gas mileage, size, cost, number of cup holders and speakers, warranty, entertainment options, safety and comfort. Extra points were given to vehicles that were fun to drive or offered four-wheel or all-wheel drive. From there the numbers helped to choose the winners," commented Karl Wiedemann, Thule's PR and Communications Manager in a release.
On the other hand, in the over $30,000 category, Thule chose Ford Flex Limited AWD as the 2009 Road Trip Vehicle of the Year. The vehicle’s as ambient lighting, rear refrigerator/freezer, seating for seven and panoramic sunroof scored high in Thule’s testing.
Thule is an US based manufacturer of transportation accessories with production sites in Seymour, Connecticut, Chicago, Illinois, Perry, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia. Thule's extensive product line features multi-purpose roof racks, roof top boxes, rear mount racks, truck boxes, side steps and accessories for transporting and organizing outdoor equipment (Thule), professional contractor equipment (Thule Professional and UWS) and recreational vehicles (Thule SMART RV).
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