Consumers choose a car for many different reasons. Safety and fuel economy are two very good ones; price is another.
But what about how comfortable it is? For the amount of time you spend behind the wheel, doesn't it make sense that you and your passengers should ride in comfort?
The car experts at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) recently put their heads together to assemble a list of what they consider the 10 most comfortable new 2015 model cars selling for under $30,000.
"Our annual 'comfy cars' list is compiled of vehicles that have a luxury feel without draining the bulk of a consumer's monthly income," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "Our choices include vehicles that offer a comfortable driving experience, a roomy interior and the modern technological conveniences of luxury cars, yet at a more wallet-friendly price point."
Budget-priced isn't what it used to be
Now $30,000 may not be your idea of a budget-priced vehicle, but the average transaction price of new cars these days hovers just under $34,000. Luxury models can cost $50,000 on up.
The Kelley staff tried to think about comfortable cars for daily commutes and extended vacation road trips when they put together the list of what the staff considers stand-out vehicles. The staff said it considered features such as a smooth drive, technology, and seat comfort.
Here's the list:
- Chevrolet Impala: The newly redesigned Impala boasts a smooth ride and plenty of creature comforts. KBB says you'll like the car if you're looking for a big, “comfortable 5-passenger family sedan with style, technology and value.”
- Volvo S60: KBB says it has one of the most accommodating interiors in its class. “Performance is eager, with responsive handling and, topping it off, there's Volvo's long-standing reputation for the latest in safety features and occupant protection.”
- Chrysler 300: Updated for 2015 with fresh exterior styling, upgraded technology, and advanced safety features, the Chrysler 300 is, in the KBB editors' opinion, “a tempting choice for buyers seeking a roomy and powerful sedan at a good value.”
- Nissan Altima: With its "Zero Gravity" front seats inspired by NASA research, the Altima is one smooth ride.
- Honda Accord: Still fresh off a recent revamp that blessed it with new design and more efficient powertrains, the 2015 Accord also continues to offer its something-for-everyone appeal with easy driving manners and a broad lineup that ranges from a sub-$23,000 family sedan to a premium-quality hybrid.
- Volkswagen Passat: The Passat wins praise for its “limousine-like rear-seat legroom, and has handling manners that are proudly German.”
- Toyota Camry: The interior has been freshened with new materials, designs, and technologies, and the steering, braking, and suspension have all been revised for more responsive driving manners.
- Subaru Outback: Combines a stylish exterior with a roomy interior.
- Hyundai Sonota: The all-new Sonata lures prospective buyers with more features and even a touch of luxury for less money than the competition.
- Honda CR-V: Attractive new styling, appealing features, and noteworthy technology, and the 2.4-liter direct-injection engine with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) delivers more power, performance, and fuel economy than in previous models.
The vehicles on the list all have a Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price that starts below $30,000 as of June 2015.