These vehicles are great for your next romantic evening or weekend escape.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and if you’re looking for a car or truck to help you plan the perfect date night or weekend getaway, you’ve got plenty of choices. We’ve put together this short list of 10 popular used vehicles that we love—any of which would be perfect for a variety of amorous escapades.*
Just hop inside with your date, drop the top, and hit the road—the Miata is a modern-day take on the classic British sports car. This little car is definitely big fun, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face, no matter where you point it. The trunk won't hold more than a day or two’s worth of extra clothes, so it’s perfect for your shorter weekend getaways.
When you show up in this ride, you and your partner in crime can’t help but start to plan and plot escapades. The late-model Charger is a great choice as a drag strip-to-date night vehicle. Look for one with a big V8 engine—a Hemi® if you can find one—it’s got hundreds of muscle car horsepower on tap. And there’s enough room inside a Charger to comfortably double-date. Your color choices, depending on the year you choose, include Octane Red, Redline Red Pearl, IndiGo Blue, and Yellow Jacket.
How about an antiquing adventure this Valentine’s Day? Roomy and comfortable, the Flex lets you and your significant other enjoy a relaxing date weekend, and it has plenty of space to haul home treasures on the return trip. Optional all-wheel drive and adaptive cruise control are welcome creature comforts, plus a third row of seats that folds flat. It even comes in Ruby Red!
Celebrate Valentine's Day as a family in this spacious minivan, or you can deploy it as the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift-getter. It’ll haul home a Saint Bernard puppy. Or a surfboard. Or dozens and dozens of long-stemmed roses. Or all of the above, all at the same time! See, a minivan really can be romantic. An AWD Sienna is perfect for packing up the whole family and everyone’s equipment for a long ski weekend.
Up the romance and go stargazing with your love in this very capable Subaru. For example, from model year 2014 on, the Premium, Sport, and Limited trim packages come with a panoramic moonroof that’s perfect on clear nights. Also, the Forester comes equipped with torque vectoring, an all-wheel drive system feature that pushes power (or braking) to wheels as needed. And torque vectoring is just plain sexy. There, we said it.
Looking to get away for a romantic weekend? There's virtually no place you can't visit in this uniquely-styled 4X4. Toyota stopped making the FJ Cruiser several years ago, but that’s never stopped owners from raving about them. Our customers report these retro-looking trucks are unfazed by harsh weather and their ride is smooth in multiple road conditions.
Up the cool factor and add some power to boot! The Nissan Juke NISMO RS is economy-car-meets-crossover in a funky, unique body style. Rocket to your date and raise your heart rate while minding your wallet. For example, with 215 horsepower, the 2015 Juke NISMO with a manual transmission and turbo engine still gets an EPA estimated 31 mpg on the highway, which can save you enough time and money for dessert after dinner.1
The 350Z is another exciting ride for two—the V6 engine’s exhaust is throaty and growly, the handling is tight on the curves, and the acceleration is fantastic for a smaller sports car. Used 350Zs can be had as a hard top or convertible; either way, it’s just plain fun to drive. There’s even a little room in the back, like for a shared bag of golf clubs, or for a well-provisioned picnic basket for two.
Here’s a recipe to get your hearts in synch this Valentine’s Day: take one Jaguar F-Type add your significant other in the passenger seat, and fire up the engine. Listen to the rapturous exhaust note and head out to scorch the back roads. Driving the F-Type is a smooth, sleek, intimate experience, and CarMax customers give the F-Type high marks for its winning mix of elegance and raw power. There isn’t much room in the trunk, so pack light—and choose the convertible for an extra helping of fun once you drop the top.
Looking for adventure instead of romance this Valentine's Day? Who needs a knight in shining armor or a princess when you have a rugged, adventurous Jeep with a rag top? Sporty and steadfast, the Jeep Wranglerhas been America’s rough-road warrior for 77 years. Pack it with getaway gear for the weekend journey of your choice, with no roads to hold you back.
One of few vehicles that come with a bench seat, a used F150 gives you a fold-down center seat up front so your sweetheart can sidle up next to you on date night. You can buy a later model with an aluminum body for more pep in your pickup, or keep it classic with the older, all-steel variety.
While it’s sadly out of production, you can still get your hands on a used version. The Volkswagen Beetle shares the look of the iconic Bug your parents (or grandparents) drove back in the day, but ups the fun factor with a ragtop or turbo version, automatic or manual, to relive the courtships of your forebears.
Saint Valentine may be the patron saint of romantic love and happy marriages, but he’s also the patron saint of travelers. We’d bet that were he alive today, he’d love nothing more than to get some quality time behind the wheel of these fun cars and SUVs.
*This list is meant for entertainment. Can cars really be romantic? Absolutely. Just think of all the memories you made in the cars and trucks you’ve driven over the years. If loving cars is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
1 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. See fueleconomy.gov.