What are the best cars for long-distance travel?

My spouse and I are setting out on a cross-country trip from Seattle to New York City. We’re looking at various rental car options. Which car (or cars) are good for long-distance travel?

Rachel Rigolino · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
What an awesome trip you’ve planned! Luckily, there are a lot of great options based on your priorities.
If traversing all-terrain is important to you, then a
Subaru Outback
Jeep Grand Cherokee L
may work well. Today’s all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive vehicles are comfortable enough for long-distance driving.
If you’re planning on packing your car full of companions or gear, then interior space is your priority. In that case, the
Honda Odyssey
is a great option, and it has a modern, sporty look.
If saving money on gas is your main goal, consider a car like the
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
, which gets 35 MPG. Another option is the full-sized hybrid
Ford Fusion
, which many rental companies have available.
Note: While all-electric vehicles (EVs) may be available for rent, most companies have a small selection—and the cars tend to run on the small to compact size. If you want to test out an EV on a long trip, be sure to know its mileage range on a full charge.
Traveling in style is sometimes the dream (hello, hair in the wind). If you’ve dreamed of driving a sports car like a
Ford Mustang
, this may be your chance! US News and World Report listed the Mustang and
Mazda MX-5 Miata
as two of their top road trip cars.
Before you and your family head out for your road trip, review your
car insurance
policy to ensure you have the best coverage for extra peace of mind. Try using the number-one-rated car insurance app,
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Safe travels!
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