When I was a kid, my dad was a Buick man. We’re talking about the 70’s through the 80’s here, and fiberglass and polymers were only just starting to make an appearance on the exteriors and bodies of cars.
That meant there was a lot of metal.
And that meant a lot of weight.
And as the distinguished Isaac Newton might have pointed out (if he were a car guy), when cars hit bumps in the road, those bumps display the magnitude of their own opposing force. As thus: “WHANNNG!”
So when I got in the deeply plush, velvety seats of Buick after Buick that my dad bought, I was treated to a cloudy-soft ride because of Buick’s commitment to hide Newtonian forces from the posteriors of their passengers using a nice, slow-moving suspension. The result: a smooooth ride.
Back then, that was a big part of what people meant when they called a car “comfortable.”
Of course, engineering has vastly improved, and there’s a lot more refinement that goes into making a car comfortable today. You can expect to find advanced climate control, electronics, good lighting and adjustability, to name just a few.
And you don’t have to buy a car at the top of a brand’s luxury lines to get these.
KBB.com has released their list of “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000” and we’re happy to run down this group of comfy cruisers that will keep your wallet and your person cozy and cool.
KBB.com’s 10 Most Comfortable New Cars Under $30,000
[Rank – Vehicle – Kelley Blue Book® FPP*]
- 2014 Chevrolet Impala – $26,605
- 2014 Volvo S60 – $29,529
- 2014 Chrysler 300 – $29,923
- 2014 Buick Regal – $27,602
- 2014 Toyota Avalon – $29,320
- 2014 Nissan Altima – $21,020
- 2014 Honda Accord – $20,434
- 2014 Volkswagen Passat – $19,325
- 2014 Buick Verano – $23,507
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf – N/A (starting MSRP: $17, 995)
*From KBB.com: “The Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price (FPP) is updated weekly to show shoppers what others have been paying for this car recently. FFP data in chart is for base model and was sourced from KBB.com on Aug. 12, 2014. Tax, title and license extra. FPP data is not yet available for 2015 Volkswagen Golf.”Written by: