- 2003 Buick Century Custom on the Colonial Parkway

The Best Car For Road Trips

My thoughts on why this particular car is best for the person who would rather be comfortable, than riding in style.

I used to own a 2003 Buick Century Custom until someone who I loaned it to wrecked it. It is not the most stylish of cars but the lines and curves were timeless. Some might be wondering why I chose this car as "The Best Car For Road Trips," and I will say why in a moment. What I mean by "The Best Car For Road Trips," I mean it also for people who are on a budget or almost anything else. I drove my Buick Century up to the Poconos and all the way down to Williamsburg, Virginia. So, I might know a thing or two about taking road trips.

"...able to stretch while driving..."

The Buick Century offers a plethora of space everywhere inside. The trunk can hold a few suitcases and carry-on bags, jumper cables, and some tool boxes just in case of a break down. The seats in both the front and back are benches. This means that there is no center console and I didn't have to worry about being confined within my own space if there was such a giant piece of plastic in-between the passenger and I. Since there was plenty of space in the back, I could comfortably sit my friends behind me whenever we went driving somewhere. Space in a car is necessary for road trips, especially long ones, because I knew how long the trip was going to be, so I was able to stretch while driving, or sit comfortably in the "Indian" or "Pretzel" position with cruise control on. I am not telling anyone to try this though, this is from my experience. One last good thing about space is that I never knew how much I would be bringing home. For example, I take a long trip and wanted to bring back mementos and what not, I would not have to worry about space because I had plenty of room to store everything on the journey.

"...like a canoe gliding..."

What else does the Buick Century offer? Comfort all-around. Driving the Century is as hassle-free as walking from room to room. The steering is light, nimble, and very responsive. The suspension and tires keep the car from being as stiff as a board. To better describe what it is like driving the Century, on any road conditions, is like a canoe gliding on a still lake. I am not joking. The seats are just as comfortable. Seriously. I mean it. If someone were to tell me that I shall be evicted from my apartment and I was forced to live in my car, then I would have preferred to live in the Buick. I could fall asleep in the seats, if the car was standing still and parked in a parking space. The only thing I would change in the Buick, since we are in 2018, is the radio. I didn't change mine out for the sake that my Buick was my great-grandparents and I didn't want to mess with anything. But, if I were to get another one, the radio unit will have to go. The sound system is fine, don't get me wrong. It is just that the radio is outdated. Performance for the Century is, I would rate, fair. A mere 175 horsepower is what the 3.1L V6 pushes, but it is enough for over taking. Over the years though, who knows how much power is lost but it doesn't matter. Fuel economy is where it is best. Brand new, the Century was able to get 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 29 miles to the gallon on the highway.

The Buick Century, in my area on the internet, can be found for any price between $2,300 for a good one to about $800 for a decent condition. Only get the models between 1997-2005. The only thing I recommend buying is a Century with cloth seats. The leather is just no good at all. The cloth fabric makes it feel like sitting on a sofa.

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Comments (33)

  • I agree with your post. I had a 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate wagon, the last year they were made. That car was a long haul freeway cruiser. With the LT1 V8 it could pass anything but a gas station and had such a comfortable ride.

      2 years ago
  • There is an anecdote that I can't find on google that goes along the lines of a famous racing driver, possibly Fangio being asked by a reporter as to what car he would choose to drive across America in. The reporter probably was hoping for the answer to be something exotic like a Ferrari, but the driver instead replied, "An air-conditioned Cadillac of course".

      2 years ago
  • I've owned, or driven, a few "land yachts" and they are excellent for effortless, near sensation-less driving. One you get the feel for the mass of them you can hustle them down a road quite well.

    For me, it was Lincolns. Preferably the Continental, but a Town Car could do. I'd rent either for a long trip. After a few minutes, you lost all sense of the size of them.

    It would be easy to say "minivan" or SUV, but I think there's something about sitting lower in these big sedans. You feel "enveloped" by the car.

      2 years ago
  • I'd take it.

      2 years ago
  • Buicks in general are great roadtrip cars, we've driven my Regal and my moms Lucerne from Minnesota to Arizona and back and they are so comfortable you can ride in them all day long. Plus my grandpa had a Century just like that and that was just as comfortable as my new Buick and my old Chrysler.

      2 years ago
    • Back when I was younger, my great grandparents would drive me to the Poconos in this exact car and it was great for car watching. And if I was ever tired I could sleep too.

        2 years ago