Just returned from a 2700+ mile road trip that took us from Olympia, WA down to Southern California on I-5 and returned with stops through Sequoia NP and San Francisco area. It was the first time we've taken the R on a long road trip. Here are some highlights/lowlights:<p>25 mpg overall. Typically saw 26-27 mpg cruising between 75-80 mph in 95+ degree weather. Car was loaded with 2 adults and 2 kids aged 13 and 11. Wagon was loaded with 4 suitcases, cooler, a couple backpacks and a few extras; it was by far the heaviest we've ever loaded into it.<p>I finally experienced extreme frustration with this suspension on Southern California freeways and surface streets. My wife even cringed every time we hit each bridge and concrete expansion gap. How do you guys in SoCal deal with it? I wouldn't even consider owning an R there, it was so painful. I believe I used "comfort" about 95% of the time! Thankfully, my R doesn't suffer from side-hop.<p>Lost much of the clutch's life expectancy getting caught in traffic on one of San Francisco's famous steep uphills. Parking brake saved the day on approximately 25 steep uphill starts. Had good laughs watching other drivers engaging the clutch without the use of their parking brakes.<p>Passed 18 Toyota Priuses and got passed by one doing well over 85! (A qualifying pass was counted on open freeway cruising - city freeway driving was not tracked) The kids enjoyed playing this game.<p>Saw only 2 R's the entire trip. There were 2 '06/'07 S60 R's parked across from one another on Friday afternoon (7/3) in Golden Gate Park in San Fran around 3:30pm.<p>Got pulled over by an unmarked CHP in Central CA. Thankfully the officer gave me a warning.<p>Driving the R through Sequoia NP was definitely a driving highlight! Curvy, smooth roads galore with amazing scenery!<p>No sore/stiff back from those incredible Volvo seats!<p>Overall, the R treated us perfectly on several long-haul days. I never had to worry about any car-related issues and was able to enjoy the ride every mile. What an excellent car for any enthusiast on a long road trip.