So, in the summer of 2011, my and a buddy are going to do a mad drive around the continental U.S. We've got a long list of destinations -- cameras at the ready! We'll probably add 20, 30, 40 thousand miles to whatever car we drive. No biggie... we don't mind if we recoup nothing from the cost of the car - although, the more the better, obviously. Together, we don't mind putting out, maybe, 8,000 grand total. Give or take a few grand.
So, with really, really long drives, comfort is a big issue, reliability, mileage, and the ease and cost of maintenance and repairs. What's the best car?