Finding an attractive car that offers spaciousness and road capability that also doesn't provide muscle cramps is becoming a daunting task for any new buyer. Even more so considering how the prices for new cars are soaring. To help steer you in the right direction, we've compiled a list of the top 10 most comfortable cars you can buy for an affordable price right from the factory.
Every car on this list boasts a sleek exterior design paired with numerous standard safety and luxury features that make sitting inside the cabin a quiet, comfortable, and satisfying experience. Let's get started.
Nissan Altima is a remarkable example of an AWD sedan that combines a stylish design with a premium interior for an affordable price. One of the most comfortable midsize sedans coming out of Japan, the Altima's cabin provides a quiet ride thanks to its active noise cancellation system.
The driver's seat is deeply bolstered to provide maximum support and comfort in sporty rides. On longer drives, passengers assuming the Altima's front seat positions will benefit from Nissan's Zero Gravity seats, designed to evenly support the entire body, effectively reducing muscle fatigue and maximizing ride comfort. This all comes at a base price of only $23,000.
Boasting its brand trademark durability and reliability, the new Camry has managed to also distinguish itself as one of the most comfortable and spacious affordable sedans. The car benefits from hybrid technology to minimize engine noise during city driving as well as optimize gas mileage.
Passengers inside the Camry will be pleasantly surprised by the ample head and legroom, as the car is particularly long for a midsize sedan. A leather trim comes standard in the Camry, and so do comfortable seats, all for a base price of a respectable $24,000.
Apart from boasting one of the most gorgeous exterior designs, it's what's on the inside that puts the new Mazda 6 on this list. The company managed to keep successfully updating and bringing back the model from 2012 while still keeping it extremely competitive in its segment.
Mazda 6 features an upscale-looking interior with stylish leather trims in multiple colors and room to comfortably fit 5 large adults and their cargo. Features like navigation, dual-zone climate control, seat heating, and safety equipment are a given in the new 6. Because this car also drives well and has plenty of power (especially the 2.5L turbocharged version) while simultaneously providing a luxurious interior atmosphere, it costs less than one would assume—a mere $23,000 for the base version.
The flagship car of this Czech manufacturer, everything the Superb stands for is there in its name. The Superb Estate offers features and benefits that distinguish it from the other, similarly-priced competitors in the segment, such as the Volkswagen Passat Estate or the Ford Mondeo Estate. The main benefit of going with the Estate version rather than the hatchback is the exponential increase in spaciousness, which is where the Superb also eclipses its competition.
But that's not all. At an MSRP of circa $25,000, you're buying one of the most comfortable cars in that price range. The company motto "simply clever" is reflected in the interior, where the Superb's respectable assortment of gadgets is laid out logically and intuitively using quality materials. Safety is not an issue in the Superb. In fact, the car received Euro NCAP's full five-star rating during crash testing.
At the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Kia presented the newest Optima with an updated design, new standard safety features, and a reworked entertainment system. Considering it was marketed at a $23,000 MSRP, the Optima was now a strong competitor for a quality midsize sedan that appeals both to families and business people alike.
It is also an overall very comfortable car for the price. The Optima will offer a smooth ride and a luxurious interior, which, when optioned with two-tone leather sport seating and bronze accents, make the Optima's cabin one of the most upscale and luxurious cars for the price range.
For the model year 2019, Hyundai updated the Sonata with a more attractive design and gave it a hybrid powertrain option with a myriad of safety features. Opting for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid Sonata will improve the already quiet passenger experience in the new Sonata, and the car can actually cover a sizable distance on electric power alone. This makes it a tough competitor against the attractive hybrid Camry.
Even the gas version drives wonderfully, and the goodies around make it more than worth the affordable $22,500 base price. This includes Apple CarPlay, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, and more, with hands-free trunk operation, a luxurious sunroof, and leather ventilated seats being more upscale options. Room is not an issue either, as the Sonata is more than large enough to comfortably seat five.
One of the most popular cars in America, the Impala has made a name for itself as a reliable and comfortable full-size sedan that's easy on the eyes. The Impala outclasses many other cars on this list in terms of size, yet its starting price of around $27,000 makes it a highly attractive car choice.
It does not disappoint in comfort, either: the interior carries a luxury vibe, featuring a multitude of high-quality trims and colors, with a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a well-designed dashboard. It comes standard with cloth seats, but leather is optional, and its ample rear bench can comfortably fit 3 large adults.
One of the more dominant cars on the European market, the Passat's selling point is an inclination towards a more refined, elegant midsize sedan with a dash of sportiness to it. There's a reason we've included the Passat in this list, as it offers an exceptionally satisfactory passenger and drive experience.
The interior is covered in quality materials and gadgets that give out luxurious feel: from wood and leather to carbon fiber accents, and features like auto-dimming rearview mirror and the Easy Open trunk (allowing you to open the trunk by sliding your foot underneath it) to help make life easier. The Passat can compete against much pricier sedans, as the interior space is quite voluminous, neatly upholstered in quality leather, and with plenty of legroom and headroom to spare. The newest model starts at roughly $25,000.
From a manufacturer notorious for producing comfortable cars, the C5 Aircross is family-size crossover made for a soft and pleasant ride. The exterior design rejects stereotypes of sporty cross-overs and assumes a smooth, elegantly rounded shape that promises comfort. The interior delivers on that promise and reinforces everything this car is supposed to be.
Starting from the front, the driver enjoys a view of beautiful leather trim on the dash while sunk into a high-end chair with electronic adjustments and features like heating and massage. The impression doesn't falter in the back. There are three individual seats with quality cushioning and electric adjustment functions, while legroom is more than generous. The C5 Aircross naturally offers a smooth ride across various terrains and more than lives up to its name, all at a starting price of some $23,000,
A midsize sedan that has it all. The Accord offers a remarkable mix of practicality, comfort, and fun. The standard turbocharged 1.5L producing 192 horsepower offers quite a kick, and there's also a 252-horsepower option as well as a hybrid version for the taking.
With ample room on the inside, optioned with an advanced touchscreen display, front and rear seat heating, leather seats, and even wireless chargers, the Accord is a competitive sedan and a highly-attractive alternative to increasingly popular family-friendly SUVs. The newest model starts at roughly $24,000.