Summer Road Trip: 1,200 miles, Two People & One Volkswagen Eos

By Editors on July 29, 2008 5:59 AM
The Volkswagen Eos was recently included by Kelley Blue Book's editors on our list of Best New Road Trip Vehicles. Our Video Production Editor in particular was so completely smitten with the Eos that she chose to take it on a 10-day vacation from the desert to the shore. Upon starting out, the Eos' one flaw became apparent - lack of trunk space meant loading up the back seat with luggage. Luckily the Eos' wind deflector doubled as a cargo cover. Travelling from Nevada's Valley of Fire to Central California's wine country, top down or incognito as a sports coupe, the Eos garnered the attention of valets at Las Vegas casinos, a classic Porsche club out on a weekend drive in Santa Ynez, and countless passerby in Solvang. But a car isn't just about looks, the Eos handled the broken, sun-blistered Nevada highways like a pro and never strained through the mountains. Best of all the Eos averaged 28 miles per gallon - a pleasant surprise since its EPA highway number is 26. Overall the Eos kept the drive from ever being boring, achieved better-than-expected gas mileage, and continues to charm our Video Production Editor.