Consumer Reports Picks The Most Comfortable Cars
The average American spends hundreds of hours inside of a car each year. Given that, shouldn't you want to make sure a car's cabin as comfortable as possible? The seats may not seem like that big of a deal when you're test driving, but after sitting in rush hour traffic day after day, they become critical features.
Interiors come in many different forms and styles, all with different noise levels, features, seats and space. Consumer Reports recently put together a list of the most comfortable cars based on cabin quietness, ride comfort and front seat comfort. These are the vehicles you'll want to take a look at if you face a long daily commute.
Head on through to see the most comfortable rides. Although many of them are luxury vehicles, not all of them are for the one percent.
Sticker Price: $55,100
Invoice Price: $51,244
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The Audi A6 in the Premium Plus trim is among the most comfortable cars on the road. Consumer Reports loves its quiet cabin, smooth ride that doesn't feel overly stiff at slow speeds and cushy front seats that offer great support. The A6 is luscious both inside and out, which adds to the comfort level.
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Sticker Price: $33,535 - $40,285
Invoice Price: $32,194 - $38,674
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
Consumer Reports called the LaCrosse a "sophisticated and thoroughly modern sedan that is quiet, roomy and luxurious." We'd certainly agree with that. While the LaCrosse isn't the most fun car to drive, it rides like it's on a cloud with a wonderfully soft suspension and interior sound dampening.
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Sticker Price: $26,860 - $35,905
Invoice Price: $25,920 - $33,930
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Impala is a large sedan that surprised almost everyone with its level of refinement when it came out last year. This car employs a striking exterior design, a nice ride and a plush cabin, complete with great seats and loads of room in the front and in the back.
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Chrysler 300CSticker Price: $37,280 - $44,180
Invoice Price: $35,562 - $41,910
Fuel Economy: NA
Consumer Reports was impressed when they tested the Chrysler 300C. Its "quiet, luxurious cabin packed with useful features and amenities" earned the large sedan high marks. In addition to a comfortable and quiet cabin, the 300C is also fun to drive and employs a great clean and modern design.
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Sticker Price: $30,600
Invoice Price: $28,229
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 33 mpg Highway
The Ford Fusion Titanium, which is the sedan's highest trim level, comes with a super quiet cabin, great seats and a very nice interior aesthetic. The car is also sleekly designed and gets great fuel economy, making it one of the top midsize sedans in the country right now.
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Sticker Price: $36,620
Invoice Price: $34,300
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
What the Lexus ES lacks in driving dynamics, it accounts for with its interior. The interior is blissfully quiet, with barely audible road and wind noise. The wide seats are comfortable and the ride is super soft, making long trips in this car a piece of cake. The ES is also one of the most reliable cars on the planet.
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Lexus LS 460L
Sticker Price: $78,440
Invoice Price: $72,164
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The big, expensive, plush Lexus LS 460L "delivers luxurious, highly refined and fuss-free motoring with a comfortable and serene ride," according to Consumer Reports. We're inclined to agree. The flagship sedan for Lexus is remarkably comfortable, with soft-touch surfaces almost everywhere. The cabin is deathly silent, too.
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Sticker Price: $51,900
Invoice Price: $48,267
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan is a "solid, comfortable, quiet and capable sedan, and lately one of the best choices in this category," according to Consumer Reports. The suspension makes going over bumps almost unnoticeable, and the cabin's sound dampening creates a quiet, luxurious atmosphere.
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Sticker Price: $63,000
Invoice Price: $58,590
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway
Consumer Reports claimed that the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was the most comfortable seven-passenger vehicle it has tested. With its plush and quiet interior, great seats, roomy rear area that actually allows for the transport of seven adults. The GL350 is also relatively fuel efficient for a vehicle of its size.
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