If you do a lot of long-distance highway driving, you definitely want a car that’s comfortable, safe, powerful enough to keep you cruising and get out of harm’s way when needed, and maneuverable in all situations. Fuel economy for long drives is also an important consideration. If you doubt any of this, think of those long daily commutes, or frequent traveling and driving needs of busy professionals. You need a car that’s best for highway driving – enough said.

How did we arrive at this list of three of the Best Cars for Highway Driving? We looked for high safety marks, good fuel economy, excellent comfort and convenience – and availability on the used car market. Take a look at these selections and see if they meet your needs.

  • Buick LaCrosseThe midsize Buick LaCrosse offers a lot of amenities usually reserved for more expensive sedans, including available leather seats, heated seats, remote engine start, and dual automatic climate controls. The base engine, a 200-hp 3.8-liter V-6, is more powerful than most of the midsize competition. LaCrosse received a perfect 10 reliability score from the J.D. Power and Associates annual Predicted buick_lacrosse_2009Reliability report. Autotropolis names the LaCrosse its number one car on the Top 10 Highway Cars of 2009. Kelley Blue Book calls LaCrosse “a comfortable family sedan with good power, subtle style and a clean interior…performance-oriented Super trim offers a 300-hp V8, a rarity in this class and price range.”
  • Cadillac DTSIf you’re looking for an “old-school, front-wheel-drive, comfort-oriented American sedan,” buy a Cadillac DTS, says U.S. News and World Reportcadillac_dts_2009which also hails the Cadillac’s “notably smooth and cushioned ride, with ample power and capable braking.” Edmunds notes “large V8-powered American luxury sedans don’t get any better than the 2009 Cadillac DTS.” Edmunds editors also note “there’s enough power on hand for quick passes and effortless highway cruising.” DTS comes with two 4.6-liter V-8 engines delivering 275 horsepower in the standard engine and 292 in the tweaked performance version. DTS is number ten on Autotropolis’ list of Top 10 Highway Cars of 2009.
  • Acura RLRanked number two on the Autotropolis Top 10 Highway Cars of 2009, the Acura RL is also, according to U.S. News and World Report, “loaded with high-tech standard features, impressive [and] standard all-wheel drive, acura_RL_2010excellent predicted reliability and outstanding safety scores.” RL’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine now delivers 300 horsepower. CNET says the 2009 Acura RL offers “an advanced all-wheel drive system, great cruising manners, and good overall efficiency.” MotherProof adds “driving the RL, it’s easy to forget how powerful the engine is, or how much technology goes into making everything easy for the driver.”

Other choices for best cars for highway driving include the Audi A6, Buick Lucerne, Lexus ES and GS350, and Lincoln Town Car and MKS.

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