Our Favorite One-Tank Trips from Kansas City

April 7th, 2021 by

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Head for the Highway in the Best Cars for a Road Trip from Zeck Ford

If you’re planning to put a lot of miles on a vehicle, buying from a used car dealership in Kansas City is often your best choice. Why? A used vehicle depreciates more slowly than a new one, which drops in value the second you drive away from the dealership.

So if your family likes road trips, you’ll want to buy a reliable used vehicle from Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas. All the vehicles on our lot have undergone a 120-point, rigorous inspection and passed with flying colors. Our buyers make sure every used car for sale is of the best available quality, so you’re ready for a comfortable, safe, and fun one-tank trip from Kansas City.

Let’s explore some fun, one-tank trips from the Kansas City area and the vehicles that will get your family there in style.

Places to Visit

Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska

About 180 miles from the heart of Kansas City, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is an award-winning attraction for the whole family. Even on days of rainy weather, there are enough indoor exhibits to tour, like the Desert Dome, Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night, Lied Jungle, and the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.

Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Missouri

Marceline is 125 miles northeast of Kansas City, and is the childhood home of famous Missourian Walt Disney. Visit the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, play golf at Marceline Golf Club on one of the most beautiful and sprawling courses in the area, and plan your stay around Toonfest, an annual event celebrating the art of cartooning.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Nestled into the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs, Arkansas is unlike any other town. Victorian homes, an entire downtown on the National Register of Historic Places, boutiques, museums, festivals, and events make this place a unique one to visit, with something for everyone in the family. Stay at a cozy bed and breakfast, and then get up to explore the city, White River, Kings River, and Beaver Lake. For everything from crafts to shopping to trout fishing to mountain biking, take your family to Eureka Springs.

Wild Animal Safari in Strafford, Missouri

In need of a day trip to pass the time this summer? Head to the five-mile drive-through Wild Animal Safari in Strafford, Missouri, just off I-44 near Springfield. Your family will see 65 species of wildlife and 325 individual animals, on 350 acres. Many will come right up to your vehicle to say hello, like camels, zebras, ostriches, and more. Hand-feed them treats from your own vehicle, or opt for a bus tour instead.

Eisenhower State Park & Melvern Lake, Kansas

For outdoor enthusiasts, Eisenhower State Park, located in Osage County, Kansas, provides plenty of opportunity to head into nature, including leisure activities on the water at Melvern Lake. Pitch your tent at nearly 200 campsites, host a family reunion in one of the shelter houses, play 18-hole disc golf, rent a kayak or canoe to take out onto the lake, or enjoy the trails on foot, on bike, or on horseback. There’s even a walk-through archery trail and opportunity for fishing for walleye, crappie, sauger, white bass, and channel catfish.

Best Cars for a Road Trip

Used Car for Sale: Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ is a four-door mid-size sedan with a smooth, enjoyable ride and peppy acceleration, complemented with the interior luxuries you’d expect from a vehicle of this class and caliber. We love the Lincoln MKZ for a road trip because it comfortably seats five, and its hybrid trim levels achieve a fuel economy of up to 41 miles per gallon.

Owners appreciate a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrains and it’s powerful engines, up to 400 horsepower. Perhaps best of all, a used Lincoln MKZ gets you the biggest luxury bang for your buck; it’s less expensive to own than other competitors in its class. We love the MKZ for its upgraded infotainment system in later model years, along with an optional driver drowsiness monitoring system, ideal for days you’re spending lots of time on the road.

Used SUV for Sale: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep is known for producing capable SUVs, and one of the best SUVs is the Grand Cherokee. A comfortable interior and off-road performance set this missive SUV apart. You’ll also get a user-friendly infotainment system standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on newer models, which makes long car rides far more enjoyable.

Despite its status as a mid-size SUV, this Jeep model seats only five in two rows of seating; for a third row, you’ll want to consider the Ford Explorer or Lincoln Navigator. The Grand Cherokee achieves up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway, with an optional four-wheel drive drivetrain and up to 707 horsepower. It’s more than enough for an outdoorsy road trip with the whole fam, plus all your gear.

Used Truck for Sale: Ford F-150

What can we say about the Ford F-150 that hasn’t already been said? It’s the most popular truck on the road for a reason: longevity, style, reliability. Choose from six powertrains, including a gas-electric hybrid new for 2021, three cabin styles, three truck bed sizes, and a towing package that can handle almost any boat or RV you can hook up to the hitch.

With seating for up to six people and a fuel economy of up to 27 miles per gallon on the highway, why shouldn’t you take your new or used F-150 for a family road trip? You can make it to quite a few places on just one tank of gas, even in a full-size pickup.

Find Used and New SUVs for Sale and the Best Family Cars at Zeck Ford

Before planning your summer vacation or family road trip, make sure you’re driving in a reliable, quality car. Shop for both new and used at our Ford dealership just outside of Kansas City.

Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, has one of the area’s largest selections of new and used vehicles ready for you to take home today. Our no-pressure, no-haggle approach to car buying has been described as a “breath of fresh air.” You’ll never have to work with a commissioned salesperson to find the best family vehicle of your dreams. Instead, our personal shoppers will help you pick out a vehicle in your budget that you’ll be able to count on for years to come.

Start shopping today by browsing our full inventory online. Then, stop in to Zeck Ford at 4501 S. 4th Street and see why we’re the Dealer of the Year for eight years running!

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