Another solution for a new car:
Restore an older car (or have it restored if you're not a wrench). Ground-up restos are spendy, true, but it's still far cheaper than purchasing a new car. And you get to pick the electronics, horsepower, drivetrain, brakes, suspension, wheels, safety equipment, interior, yadda, to suit yourself.
Works for me, anyway :-)
My fleet doesn't have a vehicle younger than 1972, and I'd have no issue driving any of them cross-country & back.
 With the exception of the Peterbilt, which is a whole 'nuther kettle o'worms.