I prefer a minivan or an SUV for road trips. We have a Toyota Sienna and a Toyota 4Runner that we use for trips and we don’t even have a road car any more. My first minivan was a 1990 Ford Aerostar. We later purchased a 1993 Oldsmobile 88. Although the Oldsmobile had power seats and all kinds of creature comforts, we found the Aerostar much more comfortable for long trips. Both my wife and I like sitting higher than you do in a car.
In a 1992 issue, Consumer Reports tested a new Oldsmobile 88, a Mercury Grand Marquis, a Buick Roadmaster and compared the cars with a 40 year old 1952 Buick Roadmaster. CR found the seats and the seating position and the seats in the 1952 Buick much better than the seats in the new cars they tested at the time. (That was about the only thing they liked better about the 1952 Buick).
On my last trip to a convention, I drove a Ford Escape Hybrid from my institution’s fleet. I’m 6’2" tall and an old geezer with long legs. I found the driving position in the Escape very comfortable. My research partner is 5’ 2" tall and very petite. She also found she could adjust the driver’s seat to a comfortable position. Her personal vehicle is a Honda Civic and has never driven anything but Hondas, but had good things to say about the comfort of the Escape.