When you’re looking at many hours and countless miles on the road, you definitely want comfort, space for luggage and gear, and good gas mileage. Ergo, you’re looking for the Best Cars for Road Trips. The more people you need to carry, the more important comfort and space becomes. But everyone on the road trip needs to be able to stretch out their legs and not feel as if their back (and backside) is being tortured.

We scoured the automotive experts to find what their best choices are, and then weighed and balanced the results against actual experience. Nothing beats checking it out yourself – which is good advice whenever you’re looking for Best Cars for Road Trips.

  • Honda OdysseyForbes hailed the Honda Odyssey minivan as one of its “10 Toughest Cars on the Road,” and for good reason. Odyssey features an 8-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and honda_odyssey_2010fold-down rear seat back. U.S. News and World Report hails Odyssey’s “expansive and versatile cargo room,” seating for eight (although eighth seat only good for children), powerful V-6 engine, and says it “delivers one of the best combinations of power, handling, and interior versatility in its class.” Car and Driver gushes “the van can be had with just about everything a family could ever want.” Consumer Guide gives Odyssey a Best Buy nod “for its blend of power, road manners and versatility.”
  • Chevrolet HHR – With 41 inches in the front and 40 inches rear leg room plus overall 63.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, the Chevrolet HHR wagon scores a spot on chevrolet_hhr_2010Forbes’ “Best Cars for Road Trips.” Sure, it’s a little funky looking, but that’s part of HHR’s appeal. And it gets an EPA estimated combined fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon. U. S. News and World Report gives kudos to HHR’s versatile cargo and seating space, smooth ride and fuel economy relative to the competition, but knocks “weak engine choices for such a hefty vehicle” and “annoying interior design quirks.” Automobile calls HHR’s interior “a puzzle box of reconfigurable space” with long, wide and tall cargo space, package shelf, and “bins, handles and hooks everywhere you look.”
  • Nissan Quest – Another minivan? Yup, but this one’s special as well. The Nissan Quest features dual sliding doors, power-adjustable foot pedals, optional glass panel, a Skyview roof, and DVD entertainment system with two screens to keep family members entertained on long road trips. Quest is also on Forbes’ “Best Cars for Road nissan_quest_2008Trips” in the minivan category. With 42 inches of front and rear leg room, 32 cubic feet of trunk/cargo space, Quest also averages a combined 19 miles per gallon. Automobile says “Quest could well be the ideal minivan for those who not only dare to be – but live to be – different.”

Other Best Cars for Road Trips include Ford Focus and Taurus, Lincoln MKX, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic.

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