Top 10 Lists: KBB.com & “Most Comfortable Under $30K”

Comfortable, quiet and cheap.

Comfortable, quiet and cheap. I mean economical. That’s what the folks at kbb.com went for in their listing of the “Most Comfortable New Cars.”

It isn’t clear whether they used themselves as test subjects or used one of those robots that are used by Johnson Controls to measure the pressures of a derriere in a seat.

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The one they named the most comfortable is the Chevrolet Impala.

Which is, I will agree, a nice car. But it should be noted that the MSRP for the base trim level, the LS, is $27,885, so they’re squeaking under that $30,000 mark, especially when you take into account that the next higher trim, the 1LT, is $30,135, and it only goes up from there.

The other nine:

2014 Volvo S60

2014 Chrysler 300

2014 Buick Regal

2014 Toyota Avalon

2014 Nissan Altima

2014 Honda Accord

2014 Volkswagen Passat

2014 Buick Verano

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Two observations:

1. When it comes to comfort, the Buick Regal and Verano don’t hold a candle to Buicks of not-too-distant memory, so there ought to be a disqualification for that.

2. The Golf is one of the most enjoyable cars I’ve had the opportunity to drive this year, but how that makes it even into 10th place is an utter mystery.  It is not that it isn’t comfortable for the type of car that it is—which is a car that is meant to be driven, not, in effect, to have a La-Z-Boy experience in.