Can a Car Go Too Far? Our Highest-Mileage Cruisers

1989 Lincoln Town Car

Summer’s just around the bend, which means many of us have long weekend drives in our near future. Leaving the day-to-day for a beautiful summer weekend away can definitely heal many wounds, but some of us will need to cover a lot of miles to really get away from it all. We polled our used-car listings to find those vehicles with the highest mileage per year, but weren’t surprised to find the top end of our list packed with cargo vans and large pickup trucks.

You don’t want to leave work on a Friday for a long drive to your summer getaway with your honey in a cargo van, do you? No, so we’re going to show you the sedans and wagons that have covered the largest average number of miles per year, in order to to find some comfortable highway cruisers. These vehicles aren’t generally fast and luxurious, but any one should fit the bill if you need a vehicle to get yourself and your loved one(s) a long way from your home base for some relaxation.

Please make sure you prepare for any long drive by getting plenty of sleep beforehand and turning off your cell phone or giving it to a passenger to avoid distraction. We’re not sure where you’ll cover lots of miles for relaxing weekends away this summer, but here’s a list of great road trips. Wherever you go, we hope you return safe and refreshed, and we hope you enjoy the drive.

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CarGurus’ Hottest Cars of 2014

2014 Dodge Charger

With the year coming to a close, we thought it might a good time to look into the hottest cars of the year for consumers on CarGurus. So we dug into our data mines to determine exactly which vehicles were generating the most interest among our users this last year. These are not necessarily the most purchased vehicles, but rather the vehicles most inquired about by CarGurus users.

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Cars Coming Soon: 2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Nissan Altima

“We didn’t put all of the investment into this product and put in all the features with an expectation to be No. 2.”

That’s the kind of brash, confident talking I like to hear from an auto exec. It might sound like something you’d expect to hear from the head of VW or Chrysler, but in this case the quote is from Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas, in reference to the 2013 Nissan Altima.

Yes, Nissan is serious about its latest sedan. Not only does it want a larger share of the market, it thinks it can take down the perennial number one, the Toyota Camry.

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Nissan on the Move, But Not in the U.S.?

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe

Compared to the other worldwide brands sold in the U.S., we don’t seem to hear much about Nissan cars—unless somebody is reviewing the Juke, the Cube or the Murano CrossCabriolet, and poking fun at them.

Autobloggers had a field day with the CrossCabriolet, the N.Y. Times writer cited above calling it “the ride of Frankenstein.”

How come we don’t get reviews of the Altima, Nissan’s best-selling car in the U.S. with sales up 22.7 percent over last year? That car was just approved for use in New York’s taxi fleet (hybrid and non-hybrid versions). The NV200 was recently selected as the city’s next large-volume taxi. The company’s U.S. June sales as a whole rose 11.4 percent.

The Leaf recently won the top safety awards from both NHTSA and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). It’s beating the Volt in sales, with Nissan “selling 3,875 of the Leaf in the United States to GM’s 2,745 Volts,” a substantial margin.

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Have a Teen? Make ‘Em Drive One of These

In case you thought it was impossible to make the Honda Fit look any weirder, check out the non-Photoshopped image above of the Honda Fit Shuttle.

The front three-quarters looks like a regular Fit, but the rear looks like the regular Fit has filled its diaper.

And what’s with the tri-color pointy C-pillar? The Fit Shuttle is certainly an odd duck, but as of now it is meant only for the Japanese market. Which is mostly OK with me, except I think it would make a perfect teen car here in the States. It’s ugly, not too fast, but reliable, and able to haul sports equipment and musical instruments. Because that’s what teens do with their cars, right?

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Kizashi Beats Accord, Optima in CR Test; New Explorer Trashed

Better than Accord?

Once upon a time, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry reigned supreme at the top of all midsize sedan battles.

Over the last decade or so, scrappy newcomers have chipped away at the old timers’ rule by introducing new styling and lots of standard equipment. Today we see names like Altima, Kizashi and Optima right up there with, and sometimes on top of, Camry and Accord.

Consumer Reports released its June issue yesterday, and the capable testers there have let us know which four-door, four-cylinder sedans have laid claim to kings of the mountain.

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