• Gridlock, distracted driving, and road rage can make people who once enjoyed driving actually hate the daily driving experience.
    • The average commute today is almost 30 minutes each way. Over half a million people have 90-minute one-way commutes.
    • Driver-assist, semi-autonomous driving technology and great comfort and ergonomics can help mitigate some of the frustration and exhaustion of long commutes.
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Cars that can alleviate fatigue in stop-and-go traffic will take the burden off drivers. (image: Lexus)

For those who don't look forward to time in the car (we happen to love driving just about all the time), the daily drive can be a painful but necessary slog. You may not be able to afford top-tier cars with the lastest semi-autonomous driving features. Vehicles like the Tesla Model S with Enhanced Autopilot ($91,500 base) or the Cadillac CT6 Platinum with Super Cruise technology ($87,790 base), but there are some great vehicles out there that have truly capable adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist that won't cost you an insane amount of money. Combine that with top-notch comfort and ergonomics, and the drive won't be nearly as arduous as usual. Here are three great choices for those who really hate driving.

2019 Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

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If you want a truly comfortable commuter vehicle that's calming inside thanks to great Swedish design, and you also want the technology to help you on your long drives, the V60 is perfect. Even in its lowest trim, you can outfit the V60 T5 Momentum with the Advanced Package that comes with Adaptive Cruise Control for a total of $45,950. What you get is premium levels of safety, excellent steering and handling, and one of the most innovative infotainment systems around.

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The fact that current Volvos are quiet and built like bank vaults further make it an excellent vehicle for those who don't enjoy driving. The Advanced Package costs $2,500 and provides the Volvo Semi-Autonomous Drive System with Adaptive Cruise Control and Pilot Assist. The system works in stop-and-go traffic and normal commuting by adjusting speed, distance, and by keeping you in the center of your lane. It works beautifully, and the V60's excellent seats and serenely designed interior will have you almost calm when the outside gridlock rages against you. 

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2019 Lexus RX 450h F Sport

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If you haven't sat your butt in the Lexus RX 450h, you're missing out. Especially in F Sport trim with those marvelous sport bucket seats, the RX is plush and remarkably comfy for those seemingly interminable treks to and from the office. For $53,830, the RX 450h F Sport comes standard with an adaptive cruise control system, plus forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. We've tested the adaptive cruise control system along with the active lane control, and it took a load off on our longer drives.

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The interior also feels truly specia with some of the best seats in the industry, as well as the great perforated leather and heating and ventilation. All the instrumentation is easy to read, and the controls are excellent. Even the once very frustrating infotainment system has improved, thanks in part to the vivid and wide touchscreen. 

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

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The new Jetta is one of those cars that's so good that you think you may have ripped off the dealership. Not only is the new design truly attractive and more upscale compared to the last one, but the interior is also driver focused with its airy dash and center stack that's canted towards the driver's seat for easy control and legibility. Gauges and infotainment is also much-improved over the last model, and the base 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder is punchy and efficient. 

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The fact that adaptive cruise control comes standard on the SEL for the very affordable asking price of $24,695 is hard to believe. Throw in great steering and handling, a comfortable ride, and a sophisticated German interior, and you're ready to take on those long drives with far less stress than in your old car. 

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