Consumers' Favorites: Best Car for Long Road Trips

A practical performer, the BMW 3 Series wagon took 1st with an impressive 35.9 percent of the vote. Second went to the rugged 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel at 15.3 percent, while the fuel-frugal Volkswagen Passat TDI took 3rd with 13.3 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. BMW 3 Series Wagon

    1. BMW 3 Series Wagon (35.9%)

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.

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 can handle a daily commute as easily as it does an off-road trail.

What says:
Distinguishing itself with European-style refinement and an efficient diesel option, the 2013 Volkswagen Passat is a solid choice for a family sedan.

  • Chevrolet Impala

    4. Chevrolet Impala (6.6%)

  • What says:
    The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is now a fully modern car, with a spacious, well-built cabin, a comfortable ride and a host of new tech features. It deserves consideration if you're shopping for a full-size sedan.

  • Honda CR-V

    5. Honda CR-V (6.3%)

  • What says:
    In the wake of last year's redesign, the Honda CR-V carries over unchanged for 2013.

  • Mazda CX-9

    6. Mazda CX-9 (5.9%)

  • What says:
    Easily fulfilling typical family needs, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 also benefits from a healthy dose of driving excitement.

    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.

  • Nissan Altima

    8. Nissan Altima (4.2%)

  • What says:
    Now in its fifth generation, the 2013 Nissan Altima is the most refined, fuel-efficient and upscale Altima ever. Sharp handling, a well-made cabin and energetic engines instill the Altima with more character than the typical family sedan.

  • Toyota Prius V

    9. Toyota Prius V (3.2%)

  • What says:
    The 2013 Toyota Prius V gives buyers a larger, more family-friendly alternative to the standard Prius hatchback.

  • Hyundai Santa Fe

    10. Hyundai Santa Fe (2.7%)

  • What says:
    The redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has what it takes to unseat the class-leading crossovers, with quality, power, comfort and style.

    What says:
    The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an interesting alternative to compact crossovers, wagons, minivans and hybrids. Its fuel economy and refined driving manners make it especially appealing.

  • Kia Forte

    12. Kia Forte (0.6%)

  • What says:
    The 2014 Kia Forte has plenty to offer in terms of quality and value, and its sharp new look pushes it farther toward the head of the class.