10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000 (2016)
Mainstream cars aren't just getting more feature-rich by the year, they're getting quieter and more comfortable, too. Whether you have a long commute, enjoy frequent road trips or just want to relax a bit while running errands, you won't find a better balance of comfort and cost than the 10 cars on this list. Each can be had for less than $30,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Market Range as of April 2016, and each is a downright pleasant way to get from here to wherever.
The only compact car to make this year's list, the totally redesigned Chevrolet Cruze has an ace up its sleeve in what is generally regarded as the segment's quietest interior. The new Cruze also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability plus 4G LTE wireless and OnStar connectivity, delivering comfort and convenience on several levels.
Another entry that's been totally redesigned for 2016, the Kia Optima is nothing less than our Midsize Sedan Best Buy of 2016. Even though its suspension tuning leans toward the sportier side of the segment spectrum, the Optima is a pleasure to drive in the city and on the highway alike. Of course, the class-leading 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties add comforting peace of mind, too.
A corporate cousin to the Kia Optima that precedes it on this countdown, the Sonata offers the same class-leading warranty along with a slightly more relaxed attitude. And now that the Sonata's resale values are above average, buyers can take comfort in knowing the Sonata is a solid value all the way around.
The same characteristics that qualify the Passat as one of the most fun-to-drive midsize sedans on the market also make it one of the most satisfying cruisers. A controlled highway ride and excellent steering feel deliver a comforting sense of stability, while great seats provide hours of fatigue-free travel.
Despite its rugged, go-anywhere attitude, the Subaru Outback has a soft, cushy interior and a smooth highway ride. And when bad conditions get worse, nothing else on this list inspires as much confidence as the high-riding, all-wheel-drive Outback.
A perennial bestseller and well-reviewed all-star, Honda's midsize sedan was made even better for 2016 thanks to a mild nip/tuck and a features upgrade. Among the improvements is the availability of adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, both of which make it even easier to relax in the Accord's comfortable driver's seat.
Comfortable and affordable are just two of many reasons the Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country year after year. It's also reliable, practical, fuel-efficient, and has a reputation for maintaing its value better than most of its competitors, as well as most other cars on the market. While the Toyota Camry is indeed comfortable to drive, the entire ownership experience helps put your mind at ease.
Totally redesigned for 2016, the roomier new Chevrolet Malibu delivers the comfort and quiet of a premium sedan at the price of a common family sedan. And in addition to traditional car comforts, the Malibu also offers Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging.
The Volvo S60 is a stylish, fun, fuel-efficient small luxury sedan built around an inviting interior that balances form and function like nothing else in the category. And the seats are downright amazing.
More than just a roomy, comfortable family sedan, the latest Impala is also stylish and tech-savvy. Combined with easy and refined driving dynamics, Chevrolet's full-size sedan has been named Kelley Blue Book Full-Size Car Best Buy two years in a row.