Multi-zone automatic climate control, heated/cooled seats, power window shades . . . today's mainstream cars offer more comfort-enhancing touches than yesterday's luxo-barges.
Still, the basic foundations of comfortable transportation -- road, rail or air -- are a smooth, quiet ride and a just-right seat. So those are the factors we focused on when putting together the list of the 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000.
Not so long ago, such a list might have been populated exclusively by large, unwieldy, couch-like cars. Today, suspension and platform advancements have mitigated the compromise between ride and handling, as exemplified by the cars on our list. Not having to worry about the potentially fiery consequences of evasive action at highway speeds is a more relaxing way to get anywhere.
Click ahead to see the best examples of comfort and reasonable prices co-existing (in alphabetical order).