Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for Long Road Trips

Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for Long Road Trips


The athletic and involving BMW 3 Series wagon comfortably took the top spot, with 26.0 percent of the vote. Second place went to the well-rounded Acura MDX, with 14.4 percent, while the fuel-sipping Volkswagen Passat TDI was close behind in 3rd with 13.9 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. 2014 BMW 3 Series Wagon

    1. BMW 3 Series Wagon (26.0%)

    What says:
    The 2014 BMW 3 Series is a well-rounded and highly desirable entry-level luxury car. Whether you're drawn to its sporty driving character or its high-end cabin, it's one of our favorites in this class.

  2. 2014 Acura MDX

    2. Acura MDX (14.4%)

    What says:
    Even more complete and desirable than its successful predecessor, the all-new 2014 Acura MDX is a top pick for a luxury crossover SUV, offering abundant refinement, luxury and comfort.

  3. 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

    3. Volkswagen Passat TDI (13.9%)

    What says:
    Set apart by its European-style refinement, roomy interior and fuel-efficient diesel engine option, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat is a solid choice for a family sedan.

  4. 2014 Toyota Highlander

    4. Toyota Highlander (9.8%)

    What says:
    The reinvented three-row 2014 Toyota Highlander progresses in key areas while staying true to its no-nonsense roots. It's a top choice in the family crossover class.

  5. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    5. Jeep Grand Cherokee (8.0%)

    What says:
    If you want a midsize SUV that does a little of everything, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is tough to beat. Its well-trimmed cabin is comfy for five, and it's one of the few remaining utility vehicles that can handle both off-road trails and daily commutes.

  6. 2014 Cadillac CTS

    6. Cadillac CTS (7.6%)

    What says:
    With a contemporary new look, a revised interior and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS looks like a serious contender in the midsize luxury sedan class.

  7. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

    7. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (4.1%)

    What says:
    Sure, it will still do endless burnouts if you want it to. But with newfound interior refinement and up-to-date electronic features, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is now a more appealing and well-rounded choice for a sports car.

  8. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

    8. Chevrolet Silverado (2.8%) - Tie

    What says:
    A wide range of body styles, an overhauled interior and a lineup of powerful and fuel-efficient engines make the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado a solid pick in the full-size pickup class.

  9. 2014 Nissan Altima

    8. Nissan Altima (2.8%) - Tie

    What says:
    Sophisticated driving dynamics, energetic engines and impressive fuel economy give the 2014 Nissan Altima a leg up on rival family sedans. It's an excellent choice in this segment.

  10. 2014 Toyota Prius

    10. Toyota Prius (2.6%)

    What says:
    The 2014 Toyota Prius remains the quintessential hybrid car and a solid all-around choice, though other, newer hybrids are more enjoyable to drive.

  11. 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

    11. Hyundai Santa Fe (2.2%) - Tie

    What says:
    The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe has what it takes to unseat the class-leading seven-passenger crossovers, with quality, power, comfort and style.

  12. 2014 Kia Cadenza

    11. Kia Cadenza (2.2%) - Tie

    What says:
    The well-rounded, well-built 2014 Kia Cadenza stands as a prime competitor in the large sedan segment.

  13. 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible

    13. Ford Mustang Convertible (2.0%)

    What says:
    Even without any dramatic changes for this year, the 2014 Ford Mustang continues to offer style, thrills and value. It's our top pick among muscle cars.

  14. 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid

    14. Ford C-Max Hybrid (1.0%)

    What says:
    The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an interesting alternative to compact crossovers, wagons and hybrids. Its high fuel economy and refined driving manners make it especially appealing.

  15. 2014 Kia Forte

    15. Kia Forte (0.5%)

    What says:
    Quality and value are high points on the 2014 Kia Forte, and its sharp new look pushes it toward the head of the compact-car class.



  • ebeaudoin ebeaudoin Posts:

    Really surprised to see no minivans on the list. My choice would be a Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. Nav, DVD, leather, premium sound, etc.

  • stever stever Posts:

    You said it @ebeaudoin - we like to meet up and camp with my brother and his wife, who live 1,000+ miles away. They bring their Odyssey and we drive whatever minivan we currently own. Can't beat them for comfort and ease of hauling toys. Wagons and hatches are okay, but it's nice being able to put a couple of bikes inside the van.

  • berri berri Posts:

    I always wondered how the minivan and it's sliding doors all of a sudden got such a bum rap. Was it Yuppie status climbers, or maybe Detroit quietly egged it on to push generally higher profit margin SUV's. I mean when this all first seem to start happening, I really couldn't see any rational reason why someone would dump a minivan for an Explorer, but they did in big numbers. You basically spent more for less room, worse ride and a less stable balance in an emergency. On the plus side, I think today's crossovers have remedied a lot of that.

  • stever stever Posts:

    Besides the soccer mom stigma, a SUV will offer more ground clearance, more towing capacity (sometimes) and we're down to just one minivan that offers AWD. Other than the Mazda 5, which seems a bit narrow, all the remaining minivans have gotten bigger though. My '09 Grand Caravan is almost as bad to drive around town as a crew cab pickup. And yeah, we could live with a Mazda CX-5 just fine - just get a hitch rack for the bikes.

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