Fortunately, it's quite easy to find a superbly comfortable and well-appointed car these days without breaking the bank. In fact, you shouldn't have to spend more than $30,000 (which is the average selling price for new cars) to achieve a luxury or near-luxury experience.
Kelley Blue Book recently released a list of the top ten most comfortable cars under $30,000. These vehicles are affordable and are quiet, comfy and come loaded with the latest tech and convenience features.
It's important to note that not all of the cars on this list come with a sticker price under $30,000. Rather, KBB used a vehicle's average selling price to determine its eligibility for the list. If, according to the company's data, shoppers are paying under $30,000 for a vehicle in the real world, it's fair game to include.
10. 2015 Volkswagen Golf
Base Sticker Price: $17,995
Base Invoice Price: $17,455
Fuel Economy: NA
The Volkswagen Golf is a two-door or four-door hatchback that comes with a much more impressive interior than its price tag implies. It's powered by either a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine, or a 150-hp 2.0-liter TDI clean-diesel engine.
The comfortable interior of the Golf can come with optional features such as heated seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, touch-screen audio system with satellite radio, fog lights, leather seats, keyless access with push-button start, panorama power sunroof, alloy wheels and floor mats.
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9. 2014 Buick Verano
Base Sticker Price: $23,700
Base Invoice Price: $22,752
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway
The Buick Verano is a sharp, comfortable little sedan that combines a luxury experience with a low starting sticker price.
Every Verano is outfitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio, USB port and Buick's IntelliLink system, which allows smartphone integration and audio streaming through the vehicle's infotainment centre, controlled via a seven-inch LED touch screen. There are also a wealth of optional features, too.
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8. 2014 Volkswagen Passat
Sticker Price: $20,845
Invoice Price: $19,990
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway
The Volkswagen Passat is an excellent midsize sedan that comes with sporty German driving dynamics and a top-of-class interior. The Passat is offered as a front-wheel drive four-door sedan with four engine choices; a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, a 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, a 140-hp, 2.0-liter TDI diesel four-cylinder, and a 280-hp 3.6-liter VR6.
Standard creature comfort features on the Passat that help to make it one of the most comfortable cars under $30,000 include front and rear center armrests, great seats, a trip computer, keyless entry, automatic headlights with coming home function, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
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7. 2014 Honda Accord
Sticker Price: $21,955
Invoice Price: $20,100
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
The Honda Accord is another remarkably comfortable midsize sedan. The Accord is available either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the trim chosen, three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a CVT.
The Accord is roomy and quiet, and can be luxuriously equipped with features such as heated power mirrors, power heated front seats, a navigation system, LED head and brake lights, lane departure warning and Smart Entry.
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6. 2014 Nissan Altima
Base Sticker Price: $22,170
Base Invoice Price: $20,971
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
The Nissan Altima is a comfortable and fuel efficient sedan powered by either a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6. It is offered in seven different trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, and 3.5 SL.
The Altima is quiet, roomy and has great seats. It comes with features, either standard or optional, like Bluetooth streaming audio, passive entry with push button ignition, rearview camera, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Xenon headlights, LED taillights, BOSE audio, navigation, and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
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5. 2014 Toyota Avalon
Base Sticker Price: $31,590
Base Invoice Price: $28,431
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
Technically, the base sticker price of the Toyota Avalon is above $30,000. KBB uses a Fair Purchase Price of $29,320 here to determine its inclusion on the list. The front-wheel drive Avalon is available in four trim levels: XLE, Premium, Touring and Limited. All are powered by a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine.
The Avalon feels more like a Lexus than a Toyota, with a well-insulated cabin and super smooth driving dynamics. All trims feature heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, heated leather seats, wood-grain style interior trim, automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and phone connectivity, cruise control, Smart Key and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
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4. 2014 Buick Regal
Sticker Price: $29,690
Invoice Price: $28,502
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
Buick is making a name for itself by offering superbly comfortable cars for much less than one would expect. The Regal is a great example of this. The Regal available in front- or all-wheel drive, and is standard with a 259-hp 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder engine. An eAssist mild hybrid system is attached to an optional 182-hp 2.4-liter.
The Regal is smooth, quiet and an all-around relaxing place to be. Every Regal is outfitted with aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio and a USB port. Additional trim-dependent standard and optional equipment includes a power sunroof, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, passive entry/start, garage door opener, upgraded audio and a navigation system.
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3. 2014 Chrysler 300
Sticker Price: $30,995
Invoice Price: $29,781
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
Like the Avalon, the Chrysler 300 technically starts above $30,000. But, according to KBB's data, it's been selling for under that mark ($29,923). The 300 is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with V6 (Base and S) or V8 power (SRT8 only).
The 300 feels like a luxury car, coming with lots of space, great seats, a solid sound system and available features like heated and ventilated leather front bucket seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth and automatic dual-zone climate control.
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2. 2014 Volvo S60
Sticker Price: $32,400
Invoice Price: $30,456
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The Volvo S60 is widely available for under $30,000, even though its sticker price is above that mark. This is a great luxury sedan, and we aren't exaggerating when we say it comes complete with the best seats in the auto industry. The S60 is available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive T5, or as an all-wheel drive T6 or T6 R-Design.
The T5 includes T-Tec cloth upholstery, the T6 and R-Design have standard leather upholstery. Optional equipment includes a glass moonroof, navigation system, an upgraded premium audio system, rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players and xenon high-intensity headlights with washers.
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1. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
Base Sticker Price: $26,860
Base Invoice Price: $25,920
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Impala is the most comfortable car under $30,000, according to KBB. With its spacious interior, great insulation, comfortable seats and smooth demeanor, it's easy to see why. The Impala is a full-size front-wheel drive sedan with seating for five people. Available in LS, LT, and LTZ trims and with a choice of three engines the Impala is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes front bucket seats, projector headlamps,18-inch wheels, new multi-link rear suspension and Bluetooth. Available features include MyLink with audio streaming, a sunroof with an additional skylight, upgraded stereo with concealed storage behind the screen, push-button start and navigation.
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