Best Cars for Long Road Trips

It’s summertime, and the open road beckons.

It’s summertime, and the open road beckons. Time to fill the Thermos, kennel the dog and get your road trip on.

Cars have come a long way from the dark days of the \"Family Truckster,\" made infamous in the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. Walley World may still beckon, but today we expect more than just a cavernous interior and a roof rack capable of carrying Aunt Edna. Improvements in engineering, styling, and technology have made some cars a dream for long hauls.

Here are our eight picks for making long trips seem a lot shorter. Most are offered with an eye toward fuel economy, given today’s gas prices.

David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.