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The US automotive industry is in the healthiest condition seen in years and customers are given more choices than ever – while their purchase power rises and the gasoline prices continue to remain at record-low levels.

So, it’s that time of the year when you’re planning your holidays. And many summer holidays inside the country include at least one long-haul vacation road trip – with motoring association AAA saying that around 60 percent of US residents have plans for drives that are 50 miles or further from home in the coming months. With the myriad of automotive choices, road warriors might need a helping hand in selecting the best possible driving partner, one that ensures the right blend of performance and passenger comfort. So, here’s a list of cars, SUVs and crossovers that not only boasts a longer than average operating range on a single refill – meaning great fuel efficiency – but also deliver comfort, roominess and performance that will not shame it when road tripping with four adults and their cargo.

You shouldn’t be amazed by the fact that all of the cars we’re about to present fall into just two categories – hybrids or diesel powered. The latter bunch is made up of the BMW X5 xDrive 35d (605 miles), Porsche Cayenne Diesel (607 miles), Jeep grand Cherokee Diesel (615 miles) – all of them sport utility vehicles that will not shame you in any circumstance. The category is also represented by the Volkswagen Passat TDI (648 miles) for those who still prefer a traditional sedan. Going towards even higher mileage is only possible in the sedan form and with hybrid architecture. So, here come the Toyota Avalon Hybrid (680 miles), Lexus ES 300h (688 miles), Toyota Camry Hybrid (697 miles), Kia Optima Hybrid (703 miles), Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (703 miles) and the one to top them all, Honda’s Accord Hybrid – with 743 miles of driving range.

Via Forbes