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New York to California: What Would You Drive?

Posted in Ford, Lincoln, Road Trips, Roads by MrAngry | October 21st, 2010 | 19 Responses |

Ford Crown Victoria

Driving across the continental United States is something that you should do at least once during your lifetime. Hell, I’ve done it six times in the last four years and would do it again tomorrow if the opportunity presented itself. If you’re like me then driving is something that brings you solace. For me it’s a getaway from all the BS that daily life usually has in store and is, in my opinion one of the most relaxing things a person can do. I’ve driven across this country in new cars, classic cars, exotic cars, economy cars and SUV’s and with each trip I’m always asking myself what I would like to run the open road in next. Keep in mind that from end to end your talking about covering around 3000 miles of super slab, so the car you’re driving plays a very important role.

Lincoln Town Car

Personally I’m a big fan of going big. Give me something with a long wheelbase, a V8 and a range of at least 300 miles and I’ll be a happy Dude. I tend to cover about 500-700 miles per day so obviously comfort is of great importance. I’m thinking of something like a Ford Crown Vic or Lincoln Town Car. They’ve got room, no center console (which I like), a massive trunk (for putting souvenirs in) and a very unassuming presence that helps keep State Troopers away. They’re also big enough that, God forbid you get stuck, you can sleep in them quite comfortably (yep… I’ve been there). In the end a good road trip car has to also fit your personality and you need to be comfortable driving it. So with that being said, what would you guys drive across this great nation and why? Inquiring minds want to know.

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19 Responses

  1. LP says:

    Mr. Angry,

    Have you ever driven a 1995 Impala SS….thats the perfect cross-country machine!

  2. a says:

    i actually own a town car but i’d like to drive an Audi TT. The down shift noises keeps me awake.

  3. BigRuss says:

    Seeing as ive done a trip similar to this, i have to go with a full sized crew cab pickup truck… you can average around 20 on the highway cruising, and with a tank that gets around 300-350 miles out of it, its pretty good to cruise with… that and these new trucks have a fairly comfortable rear seat… i drove a lifted silverado from Bakersfield, CA to Chicago, IL towed a trailer from Chicago to Fayetteville, NC and back to Bakersfield super comfortably in 1 week last summer… this summer drove my bone stock ram from Bakersfield to Fayetteville and back, then towed a big camper trailer back to Fayetteville… cant get anymore more comfortable than that

  4. Country Cruiser says:

    I would go with an M5 all the way…. all the comforts of a full size sedan and enough power to throw you back in the seat.

  5. MrAngry says:

    LP – Absolutely! and I totally agree with you. The ’94-’96 Impala SS is probably one of the best long distance vehicles on the road. It’s also a total cult classic.

    Country Cruiser – I actually had an E39 M5 and while I loved the car, the suspension did get to me after about 500 miles. Great car otherwise though.

  6. Country Cruiser says:

    …Mr. Angry – the suspension in the M5 has greatly been improved upon since the 1998-2003 model you had…. soft as a pillow now, but still firm in corners. However, it is certianly no couch car like a Lincoln….to each his own…

  7. Lee says:

    1989 Ford Crown Victoria, did the trick, even some mild offroading and was very comfortable. the drawback was fuel economy only got 400km to a tank. In hindsight to my trip across like half of Canada I would get a car that has radiator tubes that are more than just friction fitted as they would fall off and drain, arg.

  8. chuggada says:

    M5 for sure. comfortable for traveling long distances, but still fun enough to go onto a nice twisty canyon road if you feel the need, it’s also pretty below the radar compared to the other M’s

  9. Married Man says:

    Honda Element…..I know I know, its a box on wheels, and when a tractor trailer passes, the car moves on its own. But, the amount of room for you to stretch and move around outweighs the steering.

  10. Tyler says:

    6th generation (2004-2008) Nissan maxima. Big, comfortable, 24-25 mpg cruising, still sporty, vq35 is rediculiously durable.

  11. BobK says:

    BMW X6 //M

  12. Greg says:

    Crown Vic, or other State Trooper look alike, nothing else will get the left lane campers out of the way.

  13. eddie_5.0 says:

    i would have to go with a mercury marauder,has a 4 valve 4.6 rides like a rocket couch.looks just like a unmarked cop car to to get the slow pokes out of the left lane(see above).also its black – a good night rider.

  14. Shahroz says:

    honestly i’d stick with my 300c :D
    and if it had to be an suv….i’d take the QX56 ;)

  15. e63 or e55 amg wagon. very fast and very comfortable, enough space to stretch out your legs in the back while your co-driver takes over.

  16. WildBill says:

    I’d have to go with my daily ride – the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP. Plenty of grunt and a blast to drive in twisties, yet enough comforts for long stretches behind the wheel. Plenty of room, large trunk, and can push close to 400 miles a tank if you can keep your foot from planting the accelerator. The ride’s firm but not harsh, too.

  17. dutchTexan says:

    made the crossing once in an ’86 Lincoln Mark VII LSC. It was almost seven years old at the time, bright champagne, had a sunroof and that great JBL soundsystem. I never got tired of driving it. For now, I would prefer a late 80’s Lincoln Town Car. If it wasn’t my gas money, a 1979 Lincoln Mark V.

  18. Robert says:

    what, no classics from you guys?? everyone’s getting soft in their old age, give me a 1966 Charger, big block with overdrive trans and a 69 Daytona wing out back to make everyone ask what that was that went by @ a buck twenty