I've heard that as well, but I frankly don't believe it. People today are spoiled with SUVs, anything remotely connected to the road is instantly deemed rough. I'm no stranger to crosswinds either. Besides, moving from a lowered CRX it's bound to be an improvement, and my CRX has suited me fine on road trips exceeding 1500 miles each way.
For real...imagine your average middle-of-the-road auto columnist taking one of our cars for a spin:
Let's see, there are no power windows, no power steering, no power locks (much less keyless entry, automatic hatch opener, or security system), no auto-dimming headlights or auto-adjusting rear-view mirror, the clutch is hard to push in, there's no antilock brakes, traction control, stability control -- or any other automatic driving aids, for that matter -- and the headlights only turn on if you flip the switch (and only turn off if you remember to flip it back).
There's no cruise control, no side-impact or passenger-side or even driver's side airbags, and the seats, which aren't heated, only slide back and forth, not up and down and tilting back and forth and 7 other directions -- oh, and you have to adjust them using a lever and some leg-power, and there's no "memory" system to recall seating positions for multiple drivers.
The mirrors aren't heated, and they aren't powered, although you can adjust them using a little arm inside the car rather than sticking your arm out the window at 80mph. The steering wheel only tilts up and down -- it doesn't telescope closer to you, and the pedals are where they are, like it or not.
There's only one cigarette lighter, so you can only plug in one cell phone/radar detector/navigation system. There's no "dual-zone automatic climate control", no HEPA-filtered cabin air filtration system -- there's a heater, and if you're lucky, A/C. There is no rear-facing camera, no thing that beeps when you come close to backing into something, and no automated parking system that parallel parks the car automatically.
There's no On*Star system, no map lights, no built-in garage-door opener, no automatic antenna. There's no built-in satellite radio/CD/MP3/navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell-phone use and voice-recognition dialing, no steering-wheel mounted controls for anything. There's no automatic tire-pressure monitoring system, no run-flat tires, no foglights. It's loud, its ride is harsh over potholes and speedbumps and rough roads...it's a far cry from a modern luxury car.
Hell, there's not even a cupholder. Or an armrest.
If the buzz about a new car says that it's not the best for longer trips, remember what the people writing those reviews are used to, and what WE'RE used to.