When getting ready for a long trip, you might want to buy or rent a powerful car. This article will help you to make the right choice, no matter how many people and how much luggage you are planning to take with you.

When planning a long trip, you need to choose a reliable car for it. In this article, you will find a list of excellent vehicles that can cover a large distance effortlessly. Their drivers and passengers will feel entirely safe and comfortable and there will be enough space for luggage. All these autos are good both in new and second-hand condition — provided that you buy a used one from a reliable owner.

Toyota Land Cruiser

It has been a firm favorite of American travelers for over six decades. In 2020, its Heritage Edition saw light. Land Cruiser is strong, elegant and ready to face any weather. The Heritage Edition is available only as a two-row model and efficiently maximizes its cargo space. It can boast of downhill, off-road turning and hill start assistance as well as CRAWL control and advanced chassis control. Inside, this 4×4 vehicle is outfitted with black leather-trimmed upholstery offset with delicate bronze details.

Actually, quite a few Toyotas can cut the mustard when it comes to long trips. If you prefer hybrids, choose the spacious and eco-friendly Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE. Its SofTex-trimming seats will provide you with outstanding comfort. Its blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert will maximize your level of safety and you will be able to go for over 40 miles on a full charge.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum is worth mentioning too. This stylish and reliable 7-seater can do 36/35 miles per gallon. The features that its owners enjoy the most are a panoramic tilt and slide moonroof and a bird’s eye view camera.

Those who are ready to sacrifice a bit of space both in the trunk and the cabin might like Toyota Prius L Eco. With its 58/53-miles per gallon for highway and city driving, it was tailor-made for small families who travel light. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay. Drivers love it for its smart key system with push-button start, backup camera display and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 solution.

Kia Telluride

In 2021, it became available in Nightfall Edition. It looks more sophisticated and deliciously aggressive due to glossy black elements. Kia Telluride seats up to 8 people. It features a powerful 291-hp 3.8-liter V6 engine, with an active all-wheel drive available on demand.

Alternatively, you might consider the Kia Stinger. It has an uncharacteristically large trunk for a sports car and its 720-watt Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Surround Sound System counts 15 speakers.

For entry-level road-trip drivers, Kia Seltos S would be an optimal choice. It is affordable, versatile and roomy, ideal for tall and broad-shouldered people. It has an adjustable luggage board, lane following assist, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, high beam assist, driver attention warning and forward collision avoidance-assist camera.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Take this one if you need to carry camping gear, bikes and kayaks. Any Jeep is good for traveling away from the civilization — but Gladiator can boast of an especially striking interior. Brutal and at the same time elegant, it will look stunning on photos and videos. If compared to other cars by the same manufacturer, this has improved steering and optimized fuel economy. Also, it is safe and powerful enough for winter trips.

Mazda CX-9 Signature

Being the largest vehicle of this brand, it provides ultimate comfort to its passengers and looks premium both from inside and outside. Its front and second-row seats are heated, its front seats are ventilated and its steering wheel is heated. Its second-row window shades are retractable and its second-row center armrest features integrated cup holders and a pair of USB inputs. You will find two more USB inputs on the front center console armrest. The owners of this car cannot stop praising its power sliding-glass moonroof with a one-touch-open feature, hands-free rear power liftgate, i-ACTIV AWD with off-road traction assist and three-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter.

Otherwise, turn your eyes to Mazda CX-30. It delivers 33 miles per gallon, it has MAZDA Connect interactivity on an 8.8-inch center display and it is equipped with rain-sensing windshield wipers. Its cargo area lights up ergonomically when you start unloading your stuff after arriving at your destination after dark.

Chevy Bolt EV LT

This one was not made for hardcore trips. The target audience of this budget-friendly and environmentally-friendly electric vehicle are people who are planning to drive 4-5 hours per day and carry little luggage. Chevy can go over 250 miles on a full charge. It is equipped with an innovative Teen Driver configuration, which is indispensable for young drivers. Their parents can customize car settings to encourage better driving behavior. This feature automatically enables safety systems and compiles in-vehicle report cards that enable adults to assess the driving habits of the teen.

For a more classical approach to road trips, choose Chevy Suburban Z71. Back in 1935, this car became the first-ever family SUV on the American market. Today, it will impress you with its 355-horsepower V8 engine, 144.7 cubic feet of cargo space, 9 total camera views and amazing sliding center console. When the latter slides back up to 10 inches, you get more storage between the seats. Plus, you will enjoy a new rear-seat media system and innovative entertainment opportunities.

Those looking for an affordable SUV might like the Chevy Traverse LS. It accommodates up to 8 passengers and can tow up to 5,000-pounds outback. When the car comes to a stop in a traffic standstill or at a light, its stop/start tech will automatically shut off the engine to dampen the noise and limit fuel consumption. The infotainment system enables audio streaming for two active Bluetooth gadgets.


Hopefully, this information came in handy and you will feel more confident when choosing a car for long trips. The list of worthy autos could go on and on. It could include used Infiniti SUV, Lincoln Navigator Reserve, Honda Odyssey, Miata MX-5 Club Convertible and other vehicles. It should not take you long to find an ideal auto for your budget.