"Life is a journey, not a destination," said Ralph Waldo Emerson in a famous quote often attributed to him. Crossing this vast country has often been seen as a rite of passage, an experience that must be lived to be believed.
And to that end, I've been on several road trips from coast to coast and Canada to Mexico. But only one of these trips featured a new car. In every other instance, there was a little space in the back of my brain reminding me that if the car broke down, the trip would be permanently changed in a big way.
I wanted to know how things could be different with a practically brand-new car. And one that can take my friends and me anywhere, even if the road runs out. I have found that the Great American road trip is more significant than ever.