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5 Most Comfortable SUVs for Long Trips

The comfort of your ride can make or break your adventure

Jane Ulitskaya, Digital Content Specialist

A comfortable SUV takes the pain out of road-tripping and long commutes, making both more enjoyable. There are many excellent crossovers and SUVs on the market, but they are not all created equal when it comes to comfort on long drives. If you like to take road trips with the family or you're forced to spend a lot of time in your car for work, the miles will fly faster when you ride in comfort. We selected 5 SUVs that we'd choose for our long trips based on the comfort of their front seats, passenger space, and cargo space.

2020 Kia Telluride

Best

for the style conscious

  • PROS: One of the best interiors for the money, no shortage of passenger space, big and cushioned front seats.
  • CONS: Only one engine option, some cheap interior bits.

The Kia Telluride is a newcomer to the 3-row SUV segment and it has already proven to be a great option for large families, providing generous passenger, cargo space, and amenities typically found in luxury vehicles. In addition to its stylish exterior and solid driving dynamics, the Telluride offers ample space for up to 8 passengers and a capacious 87 cubic-feet of maximum cargo space. Its upscale interior features large and well-cushioned front seats, plus good climate control thanks to large vents and heated/ventilated front and second-row seats. Load it up with your trip essentials and your favorite travel companions and hit the road.

2020 Mazda CX-5

Best

for the driving enthusiast

  • PROS: Best interior in its class, long list of standard features, improved handling, great ergonomics are easy on occupants.
  • CONS: Some turbo lag on acceleration, could use a few more horses.

If all you need is 2-rows for your travels, the Mazda CX-5 is hard to beat for comfort and practicality. The driver and front passenger will enjoy the CX-5's sporty front seats that offer a good balance of bolstering and cushioning. The rear seats are comfortable for long trips despite the limited legroom for very tall passengers. A maximum cargo space of 59.6 cubic-feet means you won't have to ride with gear on the seat next to you or on the laps of your passengers. Creature comforts like the optional heated and ventilated seats, along with a heated steering wheel make the CX-5 a great choice to take on the open road, no matter the time of year.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

 
  • PROS: Superb interior for seven, solid driving dynamics, improved exterior design.
  • CONS: Bulky exterior, high price when optioned out.

Although it can get pricey, the Volkswagen Atlas is hard to top when it comes to comfort thanks to its plentiful passenger space in all 3 rows, a very quiet ride, and excellent climate control. The front seats are well cushioned and wide with no shortage of head and legroom. Even after hours behind the wheel, the seat remains comfortable and supportive. For hassle-free access to the last row, the huge second row slides forward to make way for additional passengers. Unlike many 3-row SUVs that feel like a cave to passengers in the last row, the Atlas is accommodating for all 7 occupants. 20.6 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the 3rd row means passengers won't have to ride with their belongings on their laps.

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

Best

for fuel misers

  • PROS: Attractive design, better ergonomics, comfort and space, fun to drive.
  • CONS: Looks generic in certain colors, lacks presence.

If you're a road warrior looking for a balance of comfort and fuel efficiency, the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid fulfills both needs. Redesigned for 2020, the Escape Hybrid gets more spacious with larger exterior proportions. Along with the comfort of a more airy cabin, driver comfort is improved thanks to increased hip and shoulder room for the front seats. Second-row passengers will also ride in comfort with more spacious rear seats that conveniently recline and slide. Loading your road trip gear will be convenient thanks to cargo space that is competitive in the small crossover segment with 65.4 cubic-feet.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

Best

for big families

  • PROS: Leader in passenger and cargo space, powerful engine, upscale cabin.
  • CONS: Expensive, ride can be harsh over bumps.

Our list of most comfortable road trip SUVs wouldn't be complete without the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. If you need to shuttle up to 8 travel companions in comfort, nothing beats the supersized Suburban which leads the full-size segment in both passenger and cargo space. The Suburban seats between 7 and 9 passengers in its large, upscale cabin and offers generous space in all three rows. If you're planning on shuttling gear around for work or play, the Suburban has a cavernous maximum cargo space of 121.7 cubic-feet. A quiet cabin and available heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats add to the comfort of this family SUV.

What makes them comfortable?

  • Comfortable seats with excellent cushioning and support.
  • Ample passenger space and cargo space.
  • Quiet and smooth ride.

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